Miami Marlins @ Arizona Diamondbacks Game Preview: Tuesday, June 18th 9:40 PM EST (Game 70)


June 17, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Miami Marlins third baseman Placido Polanco (right) celebrates with teammates after beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-2 at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Marlins have proven a new look team can overcome the June swoon’s that have plagued the franchise each of the past two seasons. The Marlins improved to 8-6 in the month after Giancarlo Stanton‘s two home run day propelled them to victory, 3-2.

The Marlins hope to keep their solid run going, but will have some diehard Heat fans rooting against them. The Heat have tended to lose their games when the Marlins win their games.

Nathan Eovaldi will take the mound for the first time in 2013 on Tuesday night. He has been previously on the 60 day disabled list with shoulder inflammation. The Marlins are hopeful that Eovaldi can prove to be a main fixture in the Marlins rotation behind Jose Fernandez and Jacob Turner for years to come.

Check out the interview I had with Eovaldi when I had a chance to meet him two weeks ago when he was rehabbing with the Jacksonville Suns in Birmingham.

The Diamondbacks called up Randall Delgado to make a spot start. He is starting in place of the suspended Ian Kennedy. Delgado, who is familiar with the Marlins from his time as a top prospect with the Braves, was a part of a trade that landed Justin Upton in Atlanta this past offseason.

Probable Starters

Mar 8, 2013; Jupiter, FL, USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher Nate Eovaldi (24) throws in the first inning during spring training game against the New York Yankees at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

2013 stats
Games/Games Started1/0
Innings Pitched2.0
Earned Run Averages (ERA)9.00
Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP)6.56
Career vs. opponent
13.1Innings Pitched16.1
4.05Earned Run Average1.10

Mar. 18, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Randall Delgado (48) throws during the third inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Camelback Ranch. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports


Marlins Lineup

LineupPlayerCurrent wOBAProj. wOBA (Rest of Season)
1Juan Pierre.278.289
2Placido Polanco.254.278
3Giancarlo Stanton.385.400
4Logan Morrison.378.336
5Marcell Ozuna.325.308
6Derek Dietrich.248.275
7Adeiny Hechavarria.245.275
8Rob Brantly.264.291

Bold Prediction: Even though I want to see Eovaldi pitch well tonight and pick up a win, for the sake of the Miami Heat 2013 championship run, I will predict a loss for the team tonight. Marlins lose 4-1!