After winning a series against the best team in baseball, the Miami Marlins travel to the lovely city of Detroit for an interleague showdown against the Tigers. Since losing star outfielder J.D. Martinez to a broken elbow on June 16th, the Tigers have gone 4-6 bringing their overall record to 38-38 on the season. Over those ten games, the Tigers' pitching staff has given up 65 runs. Let's hope they continue to be in a giving mood tonight.
|Team||Starter||ERA||FIP||2016 ZIPS Projected ERA|
|DET||Mike Pelfrey||4.91||5.36||5.37 |
Adam Conley will try to build on his last outing, in which he threw eight scoreless innings against the Atlanta Braves. The eight-inning outing was the longest of his career.
Mike Pelfrey will be facing the Marlins on only three days rest after pitching 4 1/3 innings of scoreless relief on Friday night. The short rest will further handicap a pitcher who has struggled this season. Currently, left handed batters post a .394 wOBA against Pelfrey, and right handed batters aren't that far behind with a .359 wOBA. Pelfrey's 5.36 FIP summarizes his season quite well: he hasn't been unlucky, just bad. The Marlins' offense will have to jump on him early and often.
|MIAMI MARLINS||DETROIT TIGERS|
|Ichiro Suzuki - RF||Ian Kinsler - 2B|
|Martin Prado - 3B||Cameron Maybin - CF|
|Christian Yelich - LF||Miguel Cabrera - 1B|
|Marcell Ozuna - CF||Victor Martinez - DH|
|Giancarlo Stanton - DH||Nick Castellanos - 3B|
|Justin Bour - 1B||Justin Upton - LF|
|Derek Dietrich - 2B||James McCann - C|
|J.T. Realmuto - C||Mike Aviles - RF|
|Adeiny Hechavarria - SS||Jose Iglesias - SS|
|Adam Conley - LHP||Mike Pelfrey - RHP|
- The Tigers will be without star outfielder J.D. Martinez for most of the season. He broke his elbow when he collided with the right field wall in a game against the Kansas City Royals on June 16th.
- If you feel like you have heard Pelfrey's name before, you aren't going crazy. He has actually faced the Marlins 18 times after spending seven seasons with the New York Mets. In those games, he is 1-9 with a 5.40 ERA.
- Marcell Ozuna sat out Saturday and Sunday with a sore wrist. He reenters the lineup tonight looking to bolster a red hot Marlins' offense.