Welcome to Friday’s Marlins (10-9, -26 RD) vs. Guardians (10-9 -3 RD) game thread. This is Miami’s first meeting with Cleveland since the latter rebranded. As feared, rain has interfered with the original schedule. The series opener was postponed and will be made up on Saturday at 3:10 p.m. as part of a traditional doubleheader.
We still did the usual hour-long livestream with the Fish Stripes staff and special guests.
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Marlins Game Notes
Pregame Roster Moves: LHP Steven Okert (left abductor strain) returned from rehab and reinstated from the 15-day IL; LHP Trevor Rogers (left biceps strain) placed on the 15-day IL
Additional Marlins Notes: The Rogers IL stint was expected. Okert just completed an encouraging rehab assignment with Triple-A Jacksonville (5.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 11 K)...Nick Fortes is 2-for-his-last-25 and in the midst of his worst slump as a big leaguer.
Guardians Notes: Zach Plesac’s average fastball velocity has gradually dipped, from 93.9 mph as a rookie in 2019 to 91.4 mph so far in 2023. He has relied on his slider for all of his strikeouts this year...The Guardians lead the majors with 26 stolen bases, but have the second-fewest home runs (10). None of their players have gone deep more than twice...Watch for Josh Naylor to potentially heat up soon. His .143 batting average on balls in play is tied for the lowest among qualified MLB batters despite barreling the ball at a career-best rate (9.8%). His luck is due to turn around.