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
With the Miami Marlins winning the first two games of the series, they have now won a franchise record nine straight games at AT&T Park over the San Francisco Giants. The Marlins are now 10-8 in the month of June and are no longer on track to beat the 1962 Mets as the worst team ever.
The Marlins will look for a series clinching win later today, sending Jacob Turner to the mound for his first career start against the Giants. The team hopes Turner follows the recent trend of success for starters against the Giants. In his last start, Turner struck out five in five innings, but walked three hitters and allowed six hits. The Marlins won 3-2.
The Giants will counter with Barry Zito, who has dealt with some bad luck in 2013. His 4.67 ERA suggests he is having a bad season, but a .348 BABIP off of him is the main reason for that. His FIP is a much more respectable 3.64. Zito has had plenty of success against the Fish, with a career 2.45 ERA in almost 50 innings of work. Last season against the Fish, Zito lasted just 3 2/3 innings, as he walked seven hitters, but allowed just two runs.
June 17, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jacob Turner (33) talks with catcher Jeff Mathis (6) and pitching coach Chuck Hernandez (55) during the fifth inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
|2.16||Earned Run Averages (ERA)||4.67|
|3.33||Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP)||3.64|
|Career vs. opponent|
|—||Earned Run Average||2.45|
May 19, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Barry Zito (75) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Bold Prediction: The Marlins continue their assault of the Giants in San Francisco, winning their 10th straight ball game. Jacob Turner gives the Marlins eight shutout innings and seven strikeouts in his start, Marcell Ozuna hits his second career home run.