Apr 29, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher Tom Koehler (34) throws a pitch in the seventh inning against the New York Mets at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona Diamondbacks @ Miami Marlins Game Preview: Saturday, May 18th 7:10 PM EST (Game 43)

The Arizona Diamondbacks applied a major drubbing on the Miami Marlins Friday night. The D-Backs were able to jump on Kevin Slowey in the first inning with back-to-back home runs to give them a 3-0 lead. They never looked back. Slowey lasted just three innings and surrendered six earned runs.

The Marlins are hoping for better results today as Tom Koehler takes the mound against Brandon McCarthy. To find more information on both pitchers, check out the scouting report on our series preview.

Jon Rauch was designated for assignment after last night’s game and Duane Below was called up to take his spot. The Marlins will use Below in the long relief role with Wade LeBlanc needing rest after pitching four long innings yesterday.


Pitching Matchup:

IP ERA FIP Diamondbacks Date Marlins IP ERA FIP
48.0 5.63 3.75 McCarthy May 17 Koehler 16.1 3.31 3.88

Marlins Lineup

Lineup Player  AVG. OBP. SLG %
1 Juan Pierre .236 .291 .293
2 Adeiny Hechavarria .202 .255 .384
3 Derek Dietrich .320 .370 .520
4 Marcell Ozuna .295 .328 .459
5 Chris Coghlan .206 .265 .270
6 Greg Dobbs .221 .290 .275
7 Placido Polanco .243 .310 .278
8 Rob Brantly .247 .321 .323

Juan Pierre is 1-for-3 and Placido Polanco is 1-for-4 in their careers off of McCarthy. Brandon will be making his first career start against the Fish.


Diamondbacks Lineup

Lineup Player  AVG. OBP. SLG %
1 Gerardo Parra .327 .391 .491
2 Didi Gregorius .342 .392 .575
3 Paul Goldschmidt .338 .421 .656
4 Eric Chavez .337 .398 .584
5 Cody Ross .284 .327 .382
6 Miguel Montero .180 .280 .263
7 Martin Prado .246 .297 .351
8 A.J. Pollock .242 .268 .439

Martin Prado is the only Diamondback hitter with any at bats against Koehler. Prado is 1-for-2 off of Koehler, with both those at bats coming as an Atlanta Brave.


Bold Prediction: This will be the game the Marlins find a way to steal. Koehler pitched six two-run innings for the Marlins and Marcell Ozuna muscles his second home run of the season in a Marlins victory. Marlins win 4-2.

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks Brandon McCarthy Miami Marlins Tom Koehler

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