May 11, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher Kevin Slowey (45) during the game against the the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona Diamondbacks @ Miami Marlins Game Preview: Friday, May 17th 7:10 PM EST (Game 42)


Losers of eight of their previous ten games, the Miami Marlins will turn to their top pitcher of 2013 in Kevin Slowey to look to end their losing streak. The Arizona Diamondbacks come into this game as winners of seven of their last ten games and will look to leave the Marlins offense freezing, as the temperatures in Miami continue to rise.

Heath Bell and Cody Ross make their returns to Miami. For Bell, this will be his first series against the team that signed him just over 19 months ago.

To get ready for this game, please check out my chat with John Lynch of Venom Strikes. Also check out the series preview to get a insight on the pitching matchups this series.

Pitching Matchup:

IP ERA FIP Diamondbacks Date Marlins IP ERA FIP
50.0 2.70 2.68 Cahill May 17 Slowey 49.1 2.55 3.40

Marlins Lineup

Lineup Player  AVG. OBP. SLG %
1 Juan Pierre .239 .286 .297
2 Adeiny Hechavarria .211 .265 .400
3 Derek Dietrich .364 .391 .591
4 Marcell Ozuna .298 .333 .474
5 Justin Ruggiano .216 .300 .418
6 Greg Dobbs .205 .277 .252
7 Placido Polanco .236 .305 .271
8 Rob Brantly .247 .324 .326

So, so mediocre in this lineup. Actually, mediocre would be a compliment for this group. The Marlins two best hitters have barley played above A-ball and their best power hitter is hitting closer to the Mendonza line than .250. There is a lot to be concerned about when it comes to the Marlins offense.

Logan Morrison and Giancarlo Stanton cannot comeback any sooner.

Diamondbacks Lineup

Lineup Player  AVG. OBP. SLG %
1 Gerardo Parra .319 .385 .481
2 Didi Gregorius .348 .392 .594
3 Paul Goldschmidt .322 .410 .603
4 Eric Chavez .310 .376 .536
5 Cody Ross .286 .333 .388
6 Miguel Montero .186 .283 .271
7 Martin Prado .235 .289 .343
8 A.J. Pollock .250 .276 .453

This lineup is a direct contrast to the Marlins. The Diamondbacks are a middle of the pack offense, but the Marlins offense makes them look like juggernauts.

Tags: Kevin Slowey Miami Marlins Trevor Cahill

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