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Marlins vs. Orioles Series Preview

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Both of these teams’ rosters could look significantly different by the end of the series.

Sandy Alcantara #22 of the Miami Marlins delivers a pitch against the Washington Nationals at loanDepot park
Sandy Alcantara will be take the mound for the series opener, working on 10 days’ rest.
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At 34-64, the Orioles hold the worst record in the American League, but they’re no pushovers! Fresh off a series sweep against their regional rivals, the Washington Nationals, the O’s are in the midst of their hottest stretch of the season, having won seven of nine games.

This series preview will give you all the details:

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

Schedule, Watch, Listen

Tuesday, July 27 at 7:05 pm

Wednesday, July 28 at 7:05 pm

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

Probable Pitchers

Tuesday: Sandy Alcantara vs. Spenser Watkins

  • Alcantara: 3.23 ERA, 1.153 WHIP, 21.3 K%, 37.6 HardHit% in 119.2 IP
  • Watkins: 1.65 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 20.0 K%, 26.2 HardHit% in 16.1 IP

Wednesday: MIA TBA vs. Jorge López

  • TBA
  • López: 5.84 ERA, 1.617 WHIP, 20.7 K%, 44.6 HardHit% in 94.0 IP

Recent Lineups

Starting lineups used by the Marlins last week
Starting lineups used by the Marlins last week
Baseball-Reference
Starting lineups used by the Orioles last week
Starting lineups used by the Orioles last week
Baseball-Reference

What to watch for on...

Tuesday: Sandy’s Physical/Emotional State

  • Sandy Alcantara was placed on the bereavement list July 20 and returned July 25.
  • With respect for his privacy, we don’t know—and won’t speculate regarding—whose death led to Alcantara’s absence last week. Reporting by Craig Mish indicates that he traveled to his native Dominican Republic during that time. In total, Alcantara will have had 10 days’ rest in between this start and his previous one against the Phillies. Baseball-Reference shows that the mighty right-hander had 10 days’ rest from July 3-14, 2019, but that’s only because the site does not account for his All-Star Game appearance. So on multiple levels, these are circumstances that Alcantara has never experienced before as a big leaguer. Moreover, the MLB trade deadline is approaching on Friday. Although the odds of Alcantara being dealt should be infinitesimal, we can’t rule anything out during a non-contending season.

Wednesday: No-Run Zone

Chicago White Sox center fielder Adam Engel (15) is picked off of second base as the tag is applied by Baltimore Orioles second baseman Domingo Leyba (75) during the Chicago White Sox game versus the Baltimore Orioles on July 11, 2021 at Orioles Park at Camden Yards Photo by Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images
  • Opponents are 1-for-3 when attempting to steal bases against Jorge López this season (20 games).
  • The Orioles lead Major League Baseball in stolen base prevention. They’ve allowed the fewest total steals (26) and own—by far—the best caught stealing rate (42.2 CS%). A couple of Miami’s most speedy and aggressive players, Jon Berti and Jazz Chisholm Jr., remain on the injured list, so there might not be many attempts, anyway.

Poll

How will this series play out?

This poll is closed

  • 20%
    Marlins sweep, 2-0
    (1 vote)
  • 60%
    Tie, 1 win apiece
    (3 votes)
  • 20%
    Orioles sweep, 2-0
    (1 vote)
5 votes total Vote Now