Yesterday had all the makings of a Marlins win. Jose Fernandez was pitching Jose-esque, mowing down Philly bats all night. However, Dan Jennings lifted him for a pinch hitter, which proved to be fatal, as Marlins miscues in the field led to five Phillies runs following Fernandez's departure. It's been that type of season for Miami, who looks to even up the series with the Phillies tonight.
|Ground Ball Percentage||ERA||W/L||Marlins||Phillies||W/L||ERA||Ground Ball Percentage|
|45.5%||3.40||7-5||Tom Koehler||Chad Billingsley||1-3||6.75||45.9%|
Expect many grounders in this contest, and any with these pitchers on the mound. Both Koehler and Billingsley rank among the top 50 ground ball pitchers in the game. Koehler is 3-1 in his last four starts with a 1.53 ERA. He looks to continue that against the third worst offense in baseball.
|MIAMI MARLINS||PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES|
|Ichiro Suzuki - RF||Ben Revere - CF|
|Martin Prado - 2B||Cesar Hernandez - 2B|
|Christian Yelich - LF||Maikel Franco - 3B|
|Justin Bour - 1B||Ryan Howard - 1B|
|Adeiny Hechavarria - SS||Carlos Ruiz - C|
|Derek Dietrich - 3B||Domonic Brown - RF|
|J.T. Realmuto - C||Freddy Galvis - SS|
|Cole Gillespie - CF||Cody Asche - LF|
|Tom Koehler - RHP||Chad Billingsley - RHP|
Dan Jennings continues to switch up the lineup, penciling Ichiro at leadoff for just the third time this year. Derek Dietrich is slotted in at third, batting sixth.
- J.T. Realmuto's blast in the ninth last night was his first homer off of a righty in his career, as opposed to his four against lefties. While the power is there against left-handers, Realmuto is batting just .223 against them, contrary to the team's success against lefties. Versus righties, however, Reaulmuto is batting .322 this year.
- Tom Koehler is aiming for his fifth quality start in a row. He has only allowed five runs in his past 26 innings.
Bold Prediction: Marlins win 4-3