Jul 28, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez (left) greets his teammates after defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Indians @ Miami Marlins Preview: Friday, August 2 7:10 PM EST (Game 107)

The Miami Marlins will look to keep up their impressive 10-game homestand against the visiting Cleveland Indians this weekend. The Marlins have gone 4-3 in the first seven games of the homestand and are poised to finish the homestand strong if they can take down the Indians.

Jose Fernandez will be on the mound for the Marlins tonight. Fernandez is coming off his best start as a major leaguer, as he struck out 13 hitters and walked none his last time out against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Ubaldo Jimenez will be countering for the Indians, and while his 1.32 ERA in the second half looks nice, his 4.75 xFIP paints a different portrait. For a more indepth look Jimenez’s scouting report, check out the chat I had with Brian Heise this morning. Brian is the editor of the Indians FS site, Wahoos on First.

Probable Starters

Jul 28, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez (30) delivers in the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

2013 stats
21/21 Games/Games Started 20/20
112.1 Innings Pitched 81.0
4.17 Earned Run Averages (ERA) 2.71
4.52 Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP) 2.99
106 Strikeouts 124
60 Walks 42
Career vs. opponent
20.1 Innings Pitched
27 Strikeouts
3.98 Earned Run Average

Jul 30, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez (16) gives a ball to a fan during the fifth inning against the New York Mets at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

 

Marlins Lineup

Lineup Player Current wOBA Proj. wOBA (Rest of Season)
1 Christian Yelich .270 .315
2 Ed Lucas .292 ..288
3 Giancarlo Stanton .377 .400
4 Logan Morrison .339 .346
5 Donovan Solano .261 .277
6 Adeiny Hecavarria .281 .285
7 Jake Marisnick .252 .292
8 Jeff Mathis .262 .263

Bold Prediction: Have to feel confident every time that Jose Fernandez takes the mound, even against a team that has plated as well as the Indians have recently. Fernandez fires eight more scoreless innings and the Marlins offense does enough to get him a victory. Marlins win 4-0!

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