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May 13-15: Brewers vs. Marlins Series Preview

A 10-day home stand begins with a weekend series against the Brewers.

Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Luis Urias (2) holds on to the ball after forcing out Miami Marlins pitcher Garrett Cooper (25) at second base on a fielders choice during the first inning at loanDepot Park.  Photo by Rhona Wise/USA TODAY Sports

With a big win on Wednesday, the Miami Marlins avoided a season sweep against the Arizona Diamondbacks. They return home to Miami for games against the Brewers, Nationals, and Braves. Coming into Friday, the Marlins sit at 14-17. They’ll face a tough opponent this weekend when the Milwaukee Brewers come to town. They sit atop the NL Central at 20-12.

I’ll cover the usual stuff in this series preview:

  • Schedule, Watch, Listen
  • Probable Pitchers
  • Recent Lineups
  • What To Watch For
  • Poll: How Will This Series Play Out?

Schedule, Watch, Listen

Friday, May 13 at 6:40 pm

Saturday, May 14 at 6:10 pm

Sunday, May 15 at 1:40 pm

  • TV broadcast for all 3 games: Bally Sports Sun for Friday’s game; Bally Sports Florida on Saturday and Sunday (Paul Severino and Gaby Sanchez)
  • Radio broadcast for all 3 games: 940 AM WINZ, WAQI 710 (Glenn Geffner and J.P. Arencibia)

Probable Pitchers

Friday: RHP Corbin Burnes vs. RHP Pablo López

  • Burnes: 1.86 ERA, 0.80 WHIP, 34.3 K%, 26.4 HardContact% in 38.2 IP
  • López: 1.00 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, 25.6 K%, 21.9 HardContact% in 36.0 IP

Saturday: LHP Eric Lauer vs. LHP Trevor Rogers

  • Lauer: 1.82 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, 36.2 K%, 22.4 HardContact% in 29.2 IP
  • Rogers: 5.00 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, 17.7 K%, 22.7 HardContact% in 27.0 IP

Sunday: RHP Brandon Woodruff vs. RHP Elieser Hernandez

  • Woodruff: 5.97 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, 29.4 K%, 26.4 HardContact% in 28.2 IP
  • Hernandez: 6.37 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, 21.1 K%, 23.3 HardContact% in 29.2 IP

Projected Lineups

Brewers most recent lineup: Wong (2B), Adames (SS), Yelich (DH), Tellez (1B), Urias (3B), Renfroe (RF), Narváez (C), Cain (CF), Pederson (LF).
Brewers recent lineups.
Roster Resource / FanGraphs
Marlins most recent lineup: Chisholm (2B), Cooper (1B), Soler (LF), Wendle (3B), Garcia (RF), Rojas (SS), Sánchez (CF), De La Cruz (LF), Stallings (C).
Marlins recent lineups.
Roster Resource / FanGraphs

What to watch for on...

Friday: 2021 NL Cy Young winner.

Saturday: Old friend Christian Yelich.

  • Yelich’s 320 games at Marlins Park: .281/.364/.399 with 66 doubles, 11 triples, 18 home runs.
  • After two less than stellar seasons in 2020 and 2021, Yelich looks to be back to his dominant self. He’s hitting the ball hard (55.3% hard hit rate is in the 98th percentile) and making high-quality contact that has continued to be productive even though offense is down league-wide.

Sunday: Which Brandon Woodruff shows up?

  • Over the last few seasons, Woodruff has shown that he deserves the respect Burnes and other top starting pitchers get. In 30 starts last season, he held a 2.56 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and 10.6 K/9.
  • He hasn’t looked like that same pitcher this season though. His ERA is pushing 6.00 thanks to a ton of barrelled and hard hit balls, and his walk rate is higher than ever. When playing against a team like Milwaukee, the Marlins can’t afford to not capitalize on opponent’s mistakes. If Woodruff isn’t sharp, the Marlins have a chance to do damage and pick up a win against a top team.

Poll

May 13-15: How will this series play out?

This poll is closed

  • 6%
    Marlins sweep, 3-0
    (1 vote)
  • 37%
    Marlins win, 2-1
    (6 votes)
  • 43%
    Brewers win, 2-1
    (7 votes)
  • 12%
    Brewers sweep, 3-0
    (2 votes)
16 votes total Vote Now