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.
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|Lineup||Player||Current wOBA||Proj. wOBA (Rest of Season)|
|3||Derek Dietrich ||.310||.303|
|4||Marcell Ozuna ||.334||.307|
|6||Justin Ruggiano ||.306||.318|
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.