Jose Fernandez (6-2) has been on a fire as of late winning his last five starts as the Marlins seek to win the home-and-home series with the Rays. Fernandez who went to high school in Tampa is 0-2 with a 5.79 ERA against the Rays while taking the mound for Tampa Bay is Drew Smyly (2-5), Smylys' only start vs. the Marlins was 6-4 win on September 30th. With Giancarlo Stanton and Chrstian Yelich dealing with injuries look for Marcell Ozuna to continue his hot streak.
|Team||Starter||ERA||FIP||ZIPS Projected ERA|
|MIAMI MARLINS||TAMPA BAY RAYS|
|Adeiny Hechavarria - SS||Brandon Guyer - CF|
|Martin Prado - 3B||Brad Miller - SS|
|Marcell Ozuna - CF||Evan Longoria - DH|
|J.T. Realmuto - DH||Steve Pearce - 2B|
|Cole Gillespie - RF||Steven Souza - RF|
|Chris Johnson - 1B||Logan Morrison - 1B|
|Derek Dietrich - LF||Desmond Jennings - LF|
|Miguel Rojas - 2B||Taylor Motter - 3B|
|Jeff Mathis - C||Curt Casali - C|
|Jose Fernandez - RHP||Drew Smyly - LHP|
Giancarlo Stanton is missing back to back games with soreness while Christian Yelich is missing his sixth consecutive game due to back spasms. Cole Gillespie and Derek Dietrich are replacing them again in the lineup.
- Marcell Ozuna has reached base safely in a career high thirty two games.
- In sixteen games vs. Tampa Bay Marcell Ozuna is batting .414
- Evan Longoria was on a ten game hit streak before going one for eleven in this series. Tampa Bay has lost four of five.
Bold Prediction: Marlins and Jose Fernandez take care of business and win 5-3