The Marlins effectively kicked their four game losing streak yesterday with a 4-3 walk-off win courtesy of Dee Gordon. Now, they have a chance to snatch the series win away from Philadelphia and drive them even deeper into the hole. Scrabbling up the sides of that dirty pit is Alec Asher, standing up top with shovel in hand is Jarred Cosart.
The right-handed rookie Alec Asher has not been impressive since his Aug. 30th call-up for the Phillies. He has lost all four of his starts and not reached the sixth inning in any of them. He's looking for his first victory in the bigs and a chance to show that he belongs in the 2016 rotation. Thus far he's featured a 91-92 MPH fastball which he's deployed roughly 46% of his starts and a slider clocking in at 86 MPH he kicks in about 29% of starts.
Cosart, meanwhile, is on the opposite trajectory, going longer in each consecutive start since returning in early September from his battles with vertigo. He picked up his first victory since April in his last outing, going six innings against the Nats giving up two earned runs on three hits, walking three and striking out four. As long as he can stay healthy, he seems a lock for next year's rotation.
|PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES||MIAMI MARLINS|
|Freddy Galvis - SS||Dee Gordon - 2B|
|Brian Bogusevic - RF||Ichiro Suzuki - RF|
|Odubel Herrera - CF||Christian Yelich - LF|
|Darin Ruf - 1B||Justin Bour - 1B|
|Andres Blanco - 2B||Marcell Ozuna - CF|
|Cody Asche - 3B||Derek Dietrich - 3B|
|Cameron Rupp - C||J.T. Realmuto - C|
|Aaron Altherr - LF||Miguel Rojas - SS|
|Alec Asher - RHP||Jarred Cosart - RHP|
Dietrich and Rojas will continue to play in the stead of their ailing comrades, Prado and Hech, respectively.
Bold Prediction: Marlins beat Phillies 7-2.