Cleveland Indians @ Miami Marlins Preview: Sunday, August 4th 1:10 PM EST (Game 109)
By Ehsan Kassim
Aug 3, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Cleveland Indians first baseman Nick Swisher (33) dives to first base to force out Miami Marlins center fielder Jake Marisnick (23) in the seventh inning at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
The Miami Marlins will finish off their three game series on Sunday afternoon, with the two teams splitting the first two game series. Behind a dominant Jose Fernandez, the Marlins took the first game. Last night’s game was a heartbreaker for the Fish, as they blew a chance to tie the game with runners on first and second with zero outs in the bottom of the ninth, down just one run.
The Marlins will look to finish their 10-game homestand at 6-4 with a win today. Nathan Eovaldi will be on the mound for the Fish. He was not too strong in his previous outing, despite allowing just two runs. Eovaldi walked five hitters and struck out just four in his six innings of work. He has struck out 31 and walked 22 in 46 2/3 innings in 2013. His control will need to be much stronger to give the Fish a chance to win today.
Scott Kazmir continues his almost miraculous comeback, as he takes on the Fish. The former Ray had not pitched in the majors since 2011 and has not been an effective pitcher since 2009, his final season with the Tampa Bay Rays. Kazmir has made 19 starts in 2013, pitching 105 innings. While he is not the pitcher he once was with the Rays, he still has been very effective for the Indians.
Jul 13, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Scott Kazmir (26) pitches in the third inning against the Kansas City Royals at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 20, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Miami Marlins pitcher Nate Eovaldi pitches in 1st inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
|4.11||Earned Run Averages (ERA)||3.47|
|4.06||Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP)||4.24|
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Bold Prediction: Winning yesterday’s game was the Marlins best shot at winning the series, but their comeback in the ninth inning feel just short. Eovaldi will have a tough time retiring the Indians hot lineup and Kazmir will continue his comeback season with a dominant start against the Fish, despite a Giancarlo homer. Cleveland wins 7-2!