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


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

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:

48.05.633.75McCarthyMay 17Koehler16.13.313.88

Marlins Lineup

LineupPlayer AVG.OBP.SLG %
1Juan Pierre.236.291.293
2Adeiny Hechavarria.202.255.384
3Derek Dietrich.320.370.520
4Marcell Ozuna.295.328.459
5Chris Coghlan.206.265.270
6Greg Dobbs.221.290.275
7Placido Polanco.243.310.278
8Rob 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

LineupPlayer AVG.OBP.SLG %
1Gerardo Parra.327.391.491
2Didi Gregorius.342.392.575
3Paul Goldschmidt.338.421.656
4Eric Chavez.337.398.584
5Cody Ross.284.327.382
6Miguel Montero.180.280.263
7Martin Prado.246.297.351
8A.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.