May 3, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Miami Marlins pitcher Ricky Nolasco (47) delivers to the plate during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies defeated the Marlins 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Cincinnati Reds @ Miami Marlins Game Preview: Tuesday, May 14th 7:10 PM EST (Game 39)

The Miami Marlins and Cincinnati Reds are ready to kick off their second and final meeting of the 2013 season. The Reds took three out of four from Miami in mid-April in Cincinnati. The Marlins hope to exact some revenge, as they begin their three game set in Miami tonight.

The Marlins will send out Ricky Nolasco and the Reds counter with Homer Bailey. Nolasco is coming off of a 9-strikeout performance against the San Diego Padres his last time out there.

Check out the chat I had with John Rentz to preview the series as well as our series preview with in-depth scouting reports on the pitching matchups.


Pitching Matchup:

IP ERA FIP Reds Date Marlins IP ERA FIP
42.1 3.83 3.23 Bailey May 10 Nolasco 48.1 3.72 3.95

Projected Lineup

Lineup Player  AVG. OBP. SLG %
1 Juan Pierre .242 .291 .272
2 Placido Polanco .242 .306 .280
3 Derek Dietrich .364 .364 .727
4 Justin Ruggiano .230 .312 .444
5 Greg Dobbs .209 .287 .261
6 Marcell Ozuna
.326 .367 .500
7 Adeiny Hechavarria .179 .242 .345
8 Rob Brantly .229 .316 .313

The Marlins lineup for tonight will feature four rookies and one player that has approximately one full-year under his belt.  Derek Dietrich gets rewarded with his hot hitting and is hitting third in the Marlins batting order.

Jeff Mathis was activated off the disabled list today for the Marlins and will serve as the primary backup catcher. Miguel Olivo will be the Marlins emergency catcher and backup Dobbs at first base. Rookie catcher Kyle Skipworth was sent back to AAA New Orleans on Sunday after the Marlins loss to the Dodgers.

Bold Prediction: Marcell Ozuna cranks his second career home run, but the Marlins fail to muster any more offense. Ricky Nolasco pitches six shutout innings, but the Marlins bullpen implodes in the seventh and allows the Reds red hot offense to score five runs. Marlins lose 5-1.

Tags: Homer Bailey Miami Marlins Ricky Nolasco

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