Miami Marlins @ San Francisco Giants Game Preview (with NBA Finals Game 7 Prediction)


Jun. 19, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA: Miami Marlins batter Justin Ruggiano (left) is congratulated by teammates after hitting a solo home run in the ninth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Marlins will seek to continue their seven game winning streak in San Francisco as they take on the Giants on Thursday night. Fresh off another series loss to a team not named the Mets or Cardinals, the Marlins seek to turn things around the Giants in a four game series.

The team will hand the ball to Tom Koehler for the first game of the four game set. He was roughed up by the Cardinals his last time out, surrendering nine runs on eight hits over 4 2/3 innings. He hopes to rebound tonight and pick up first win of the season.

Chad Guadin gets the ball for the Giants, and as Stuart Jones pointed out in our series preview chat this morning, Gaudin struggles badly against lefties. Lefties have a .316/.407/.373 slash line off Gaudin for the season. Bet you Juan Pierre, Logan Morrison, Derek Dietrich, and Rob Brantly are salivating when they see those numbers.

Probable Starters

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

2013 stats
13/7Games/Games Started21/3
53.0Innings Pitched47.2
5.09Earned Run Averages (ERA)2.83
4.49Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP)3.54
Career vs. opponent
Innings Pitched19.1
Earned Run Average5.14

June 15, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Chad Gaudin (57) pitches in the second inning against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports


Marlins Lineup

LineupPlayerCurrent wOBAProj. wOBA (Rest of Season)
1Juan Pierre.277.293
2Placido Polanco.250.275
3Giancarlo Stanton.373.404
4Logan Morrison.372.344
5Marcell Ozuna.316.306
6Derek Dietrich.294.301
7Adeiny Hechavarria.248.276
8Rob Brantly.264.291

Bold Prediction: Behind a strong start from Koehler and a big game from LoMo, the Marlins will defeat the Giants in the first game of the four game series. Marlins win 7-2!

The Miami Heat win the NBA Championship tonight as well, Dwyane Wade: 25 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds. Lebron James: 32 points, 10 assists, 9 rebounds. Heat win 108-100.

Jun 18, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James, Dwyane Wade (3) and Chris Bosh (1) celebrate after overtime of game six in the 2013 NBA Finals at American Airlines Arena. Miami defeated San Antonio 103-100. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports