Fresh off of Martin Prado's second walk-off in three days, the Marlins have now won two straight series and have a good chance at a third against the incoming Milwaukee Brewers. The Brew Crew has a slightly better record than the Fish at 60-76 but are 10 games under on the road (27-37) and have been consistently abysmal all season long. Serving up cold frosty ones for the Brewers will be Zach Davies, filleting steaks for the Marlins will be Justin Nicolino.
Davies came over to the Brewers from the Orioles earlier this season in the Gerardo Parra trade. He made his major league debut last Wednesday against the Pirates, going four and a third's innings, giving up four earned runs on four hits, walking three and striking out three. Though his stuff typically runs between 88-92 MPH, Davies boasts an above average change-up and has been good (at least in the minors) at spotting his pitches.
Nicolino is coming off of a fine performance, tossing seven scoreless innings against the Braves on Tuesday. Though he's still not striking out many hitters, he has managed to limit opponents to a mere six runs over his last four outings, dating back to Aug. 17 when he last faced this Brewer ball-club. He is beginning to make a real case for himself to at least fill out the back of the 2016 rotation.
|MILWAUKEE BREWERS||MIAMI MARLINS|
|Jean Segura - SS||Dee Gordon - 2B|
|Jonathan Lucroy - C||Christian Yelich - CF|
|Ryan Braun - RF||Martin Prado - 3B|
|Khris Davis - LF||Justin Bour - 1B|
|Adam Lind - 1B||Marcell Ozuna - RF|
|Domingo Santana - CF||Derek Dietrich - LF|
|Hernan Perez - 3B||J.T. Realmuto - C|
|Elian Herrera - 2B||Donovan Solano - SS|
|Zach Davies - RHP||Justin Nicolino - LHP|
With Adeiny Hechavarria still ailing, Donovan Solano spells Miguel Rojas at SS and will bat 8th.
- The Marlins are 61-64 against the Brewers all-time, 2-1 in 2015.
- Race to the Bottom: The Marlins (57-80) are in danger of falling out of competition, having leap-frogged the Braves (54-83) in the standings and thanks to the continued poor play of the Phillies (53-84), Reds (56-79), and Rockies (56-80).
Bold Prediction: Marlins defeat Brewers 7-2.