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Marlins vs Rockies: Game 109 Thread

David Phelps kicks off a three-game series in Colorado tonight.

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Miami is coming off a much-needed rest day to open up their series with Colorado tonight. On Wednesday, The Fish were swept by the Cubs for the first time in almost three months, in especially heartbreaking fashion. The team played pretty well for two out of the three games and luckily still hold the second Wild Card spot.

The team needs to bounce back from that series and that starts tonight, when they turn to one of their best relievers this season to deliver some quality innings in Coor's Field.

Pitching Matchup
Team Starter ERA FIP 2016 ZIPS Projected ERA
MIA David Phelps 2.65 2.82 3.84
COL Jorge De La Rosa 5.51 4.93 4.45

Miami has relied on David Phelps (5-5) in the late innings all season long, and now they'll hope he can deliver in the same fashion as a starter, as they continue to look for solutions to their lack of starting depth. He's been inconsistent in the past as a starter, but the Marlins are running out of options to solve their woes.

De La Rosa (7-7) is the Rockies longest serving pitcher, making his 187th start for the club tonight. And so far the 35 year old is having one of his worst seasons with the team. His walk and home run rate are at their highest in eight and nine years, respectively. But De La Rosa has thrown quality starts in seven of his last eight appearances, and he has had relative success against most Miami batters throughout his career; except for Marcel Ozuna, who has three homers off the lefty in eight career at-bats.

Today's Lineups

Dee Gordon - 2B Charlie Blackmon - CF
Martin Prado - 3B DJ LeMahieu - 2B
Christian Yelich - LF Carlos Gonzalez - RF
Giancarlo Stanton - RF Nolan Arenado - 3B
Marcell Ozuna - CF David Dahl - LF
J.T. Realmuto - C Mark Reynolds - 1B
Chris Johnson - 1B Daniel Descalso - SS
Adeiny Hechavarria - SS Nick Hundley - C
David Phelps - RHP Jorge De La Rosa - LHP
Dee Gordon continues to lead off and start at second, while Chris Johnson gets the start at first tonight.

Bold Prediction: Phelps goes five strong in a 6-4 Miami win.