Jun 15, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins relief pitcher Tom Koehler (34) throws a pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals during the first inning at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Twins @ Miami Marlins Game Preview: Wednesday, June 26th 12:40 PM EST (Game 77)


The Miami Marlins continued their new found winning ways on Tuesday night, taking the first game of their brief two game series with the Minnesota Twins. Their quartet of rookies, Derek Dietrich, Marcell Ozuna, Jose Fernandez, and A.J. Ramos, led the way.

Tom Koehler will take the bump seeking his second straight strong start and the Marlins third straight victory. Koehler can breathe easy that the Miami Heat season is over, as he lost his no hitter almost simultaneously as Lebron James hitting a dagger jumper to seal the Heat’s third championship.

The Twins will counter with left handed starter Scott Diamond. He has not pitched too well in 2013, as he owns a 5.27 ERA and an FIP of 4.50. In his last start against the White Sox, Diamond allowed four runs (three earned) on seven hits and a walk in 5 1/3 innings. The Twins did end up winning that ballgame.

Probable Starters

Jun 20, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Scott Diamond (58) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

2013 stats
13/13 Games/Games Started 14/8
71.2 Innings Pitched 60.0
5.27 Earned Run Averages (ERA) 4.65
4.50 Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP) 4.36
32 Strikeouts 36
16 Walks 19
Career vs. opponent
Innings Pitched
Strikeouts
Earned Run Average

 

Marlins Lineup

Lineup Player Current wOBA Proj. wOBA (Rest of Season)
1 Justin Ruggiano .313 .320
2 Ed Lucas .335 .274
3 Giancarlo Stanton .353 .403
4 Marcell Ozuna .334 .307
5 Logan Morrison .366 .346
6 Placido Polanco .253 .276
7 Adeiny Hechavarria .243 .274
8 Jeff Mathis .147 .247

 

Bold Prediction: The Marlins pick up a huge two game series sweep, getting the best of Diamond and the Twins in this game. Stanton collects his eight homer of the season and Ruggiano hits his twelfth. Koehler pitches 6 innings and allows just 3 earned runs. Marlins win 5-3!

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