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Blue Jays vs. Marlins Series Preview

The Marlins host the Blue Jays for a quick 2-game series on Tuesday and Wednesday night.

Miami Marlins third baseman Isan Diaz (1) receives the throw as Toronto Blue Jays designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (27) dives into third base safely after hitting a triple during the first inning at Sahlen Field. Photo by Timothy T. Ludwig/USA TODAY Sports

Back at home, the Miami Marlins host the Toronto Blue Jays for a two-game series on Tuesday and Wednesday night. Toronto is a homer-happy team that leads the American League with 107 home runs. The Marlins’ pitching staff, however, has allowed the fewest home runs in the game.

This series preview will give you all the details:

  • Schedule, Watch, Listen
  • Probable Pitchers
  • Recent Lineups
  • What To Watch For

Schedule, Watch, Listen

Tuesday, June 22 at 7:10 pm

Wednesday, June 23 at 7:10 pm

  • TV broadcast for both games: Bally Sports Florida
  • Radio broadcast for both games: 940 AM WINZ, WAQI 710

Probable Pitchers

Tuesday: RHP Ross Stripling vs. RHP Sandy Alcantara

  • Stripling: 4.64 ERA, 1.307 WHIP, 25.0 K%, 44.1 HardHit% in 54.1 IP
  • Alcantara: 3.09 ERA, 1.061 WHIP, 23.3 K%, 36.8 HardHit% in 93.1 IP

Wednesday: LHP Robbie Ray vs. LHP Trevor Rogers

  • Ray: 3.50 ERA, 1.152 WHIP, 31.5 K%, 49.5 HardHit% in 74.2 IP
  • Rogers: 1.87 ERA, 1.016 WHIP, 29.7 K%, 37.2 HardHit% in 81.2 IP

Recent Lineups

TOR: Semien, Bichette, Guerrero Jr., Hernández, Grichuk, Biggio, Gurriel Jr., Espinal, McGuire. TOR Bench: Panik, Adams, Tellez. TOR Paternity List: Davis. TOR IL: Jansen,Kirk, Springer. TOR AAA: Palacios, Hoying. MIA: Chisholm Jr., S. Marte, Aguilar, Duvall, Rojas, Sánchez, Alfaro, Berti. MIA Bench: L. Marté, L. Díaz, Sierra, León. MIA IL: Dickerson, Cooper, Anderson, Devers. MIA AAA: Wallach, Harrison, Brinson, I. Díaz.
Please note that both the Blue Jays and Marlins lineups listed here are by default the projections vs. RHP. The columns to the right with a red header are past lineups vs. LHP. Similarly, the columns to the right with a blue header are past lineups vs. RHP.
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What to watch for on...

Tuesday: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. vs. Sandy Alcantara.

  • Guerrero Jr. is having an MVP-worthy season so far. Through 70 games, he leads the league with 23 home runs, 59 RBI, .440 OBP, .671 SLG, 202 OPS+, 169 total bases, and is in the 95th percentile or above in total barrels, exit velocity, hard-hit percentage, and Statcast’s expected statistics.
  • While he seems to be demolishing everything in sight, Guerrero Jr. has had the least success against offspeed pitches this season. Alcantara’s changeup has been his best pitch this season with opposing batters whiffing a third of the time and hitting .144 against it. Alcantara has faced Guerrero Jr. only three times but has given up a hit in each plate appearance, including a double and home run.
  • Also, as announced by the Marlins Communications department Tuesday morning, the media level ice cream machine is ready to make its 2021 debut.

Wednesday: Welcome to Mr. Trevor Rogers’ Neighborhood.

  • In his three starts this month, Rogers has faced mediocre offenses in the Pirates, Rockies, and Cardinals. Wednesday night will be a test for him against the Blue Jays.
  • Against left-handed starters are where Blue Jays hitters thrive, slashing as a team .272/.339/.481. Along with Guerrero Jr., Bo Bichette also crushes lefties. He’s hitting .328 with an OPS above 1.000 against left-handed starters. A positive for this series is that because the Marlins are hosting the series in their ballpark, the designated hitter position will be unavailable and the Blue Jays will have one less menacing bat in their lineup.

Poll

How will this series play out?

This poll is closed

  • 12%
    Marlins sweep, 2-0
    (3 votes)
  • 29%
    Tie, 1 win apiece
    (7 votes)
  • 58%
    Blue Jays sweep, 2-0
    (14 votes)
24 votes total Vote Now