Cleveland Indians @ Miami Marlins Preview: Friday, August 2 7:10 PM EST (Game 107)

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Jul 28, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher

Jose Fernandez

(left) greets his teammates after defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Marlins will look to keep up their impressive 10-game homestand against the visiting Cleveland Indians this weekend. The Marlins have gone 4-3 in the first seven games of the homestand and are poised to finish the homestand strong if they can take down the Indians.

Jose Fernandez will be on the mound for the Marlins tonight. Fernandez is coming off his best start as a major leaguer, as he struck out 13 hitters and walked none his last time out against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Ubaldo Jimenez will be countering for the Indians, and while his 1.32 ERA in the second half looks nice, his 4.75 xFIP paints a different portrait. For a more indepth look Jimenez’s scouting report, check out the chat I had with Brian Heise this morning. Brian is the editor of the Indians FS site, Wahoos on First.

Probable Starters

Jul 28, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez (30) delivers in the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

2013 stats
21/21Games/Games Started20/20
112.1Innings Pitched81.0
4.17Earned Run Averages (ERA)2.71
4.52Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP)2.99
106Strikeouts124
60Walks42
Career vs. opponent
20.1Innings Pitched
27Strikeouts
3.98Earned Run Average

Jul 30, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez (16) gives a ball to a fan during the fifth inning against the New York Mets at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Marlins Lineup

LineupPlayerCurrent wOBAProj. wOBA (Rest of Season)
1Christian Yelich.270.315
2Ed Lucas.292..288
3Giancarlo Stanton.377.400
4Logan Morrison.339.346
5Donovan Solano.261.277
6Adeiny Hecavarria.281.285
7Jake Marisnick.252.292
8Jeff Mathis.262.263

Bold Prediction: Have to feel confident every time that Jose Fernandez takes the mound, even against a team that has plated as well as the Indians have recently. Fernandez fires eight more scoreless innings and the Marlins offense does enough to get him a victory. Marlins win 4-0!

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