May 21, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez (16) during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Marlins @ Tampa Bay Rays Game Preview: Monday, May 27th 3:10 PM EST (Game 51)

The Miami Marlins will take their five game losing streak into Tampa to face off against their in-state rivals, the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays have not played their best ball in 2013, with their record just one game over .500 coming into this series. They are currently sitting five games back of the first place New York Yankees.

The pitching matchup in the first game of the series will feature a couple of young rookie prospects. Jose Fernandez has been with the Marlins since the beginning of the season and has pitched through his up and downs. He has looked like a dominant ace in a few starts, but just a 20-year old rookie in others.

The Rays will counter with Jake Odorizzi. Jake took David Price’s spot in the rotation when he went down with his arm injury. Odrizzi was impressive in his first major league start last week. The Rays acquired him in the offseason blockbuster with the Kansas City Roayls.

Probable Starters

May 21, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez (16) during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

2013 stats
9 Games Started 1
49.0 Innings Pitched 5.0
3.31 Earned Run Averages (ERA) 5.40
3.67 Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP) 1.26
46 Strikeouts 6
18 Walks 1
Career vs. opponent
Innings Pitched
Wins-Losses
Earned Run Average

May 25, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Jake Odorizzi (23) in the dugout against the New York Yankees at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Marlins Lineup

Lineup Player Current wOBA Proj. wOBA (Rest of Season)
1 Chris Coghlan .293 .304
2 Placido Polanco .253 .278
3 Derek Dietrich
.310 .303
4 Marcell Ozuna
.334 .307
5 Rob Brantly .272 .294
6 Justin Ruggiano
.306 .318
7 Greg Dobbs .246 .273
8 Adiney Hechavarria .259 .279
9 Jordan Brown .000 .288

 

Bold Prediction: The Marlins come out on top and end their five game slide with a dominant performance from Fernandez. Ozuna goes deep for the second time in the season. Marlins win 6-2.

Tags: Jake Odorizzi Jose Fernandez Miami Marlins

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