Tampa Bay Rays @ Miami Marlins Game Preview: Wednesday, May 29th 7:10 PM EST (Game 53)


May 28, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Miami Marlins center fielder Chris Coghlan (8) hits a two-RBI triple during the third inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

After dropping the first two in the home-and-home series with their in-state rivals, the Miami Marlins hope to bounce back and get back into the series. The Marlins winless drought has now reached seven straight games, despite the fact that the team has scored six runs in consecutive games.

The Marlins will hope starter Tom Koehler can keep up his impressive work as a starter thus far against the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday evening. The Rays will counter with Roberto Hernandez to sustain their success against the Marlins.

Probable Starters

May 24, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher Tom Koehler (34) pitches against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning at U.S. Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

2013 stats
9/3Games/Games Started9/9
28.1Innings Pitched48.2
3.18Earned Run Averages (ERA)5.72
3.63Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP)5.18
Career vs. opponent
7.0Innings Pitched
3.86Earned Run Average

May 24, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Roberto Hernandez (40) throws a pitch during the second inning against the New York Yankees at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Marlins Lineup

LineupPlayerCurrent wOBAProj. wOBA (Rest of Season)
1Chris Coghlan.323.304
2Placido Polanco.253.278
3Derek Dietrich
4Marcell Ozuna
5Justin Ruggiano.307.318
6Greg Dobbs
7Adeiny Hechavarria.253.279
8Rob Brantly.268.293

Bold Prediction: Despite a strong start from Koehler, the Marlins will drop another ball game, as their offense cannot pick up where it left of the past couple of games. The Marlins will make the pitcher formely known as Fausto Carmona look like an ace. Marlins lose 5-2.