Miami Marlins Series Preview: Snakes on a plane to Miami

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May 1, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher

Rubby De La Rosa

(12) pitches the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

MM: Can you give us a quick scouting report on the pitchers the Marlins will face this series?

GS: Rubby De La Rosa will be opening the series and he’s the undisputed hottest Dbacks pitcher at the moment. He’s gone seven innings in each of his last two starts, both victories. Teams like Los Angeles and Boston had De La Rosa around their organization due to his high ceiling and it really look like he’s going through one of the best stretches in his young career.

Jeremy Hellickson has struggled mightily this season. He hasn’t reached six innings in a month but has still managed four to five runs. The potential is still there, but if there’s going to be a high-scoring affair, my bet is with Hellickson on the mound. With Patrick Corbin‘s return approaching, Hellickson’s seat in the rotation may get hotter.

Chase Anderson is having a vastly underrated season and he’s still winless, with lack of run support the culprit. Anderson is the most likely to deliver a quality start for the Dbacks. He’s done so four times this season. Unfortunately for him, he’s also the most likely to receive little to no run support.

Archie Bradley had a great start to 2015, showing incredible promise. Then he got smacked in the face by a Carlos Gonzalez liner. A trip to the DL followed and his returning game saw him depart after only two innings. It looks like the time off could’ve created some rust so it’s possible we might not see a 100% Bradley during this series.

MM: How do you see the series playing out? Any bold predictions?

GS: Arizona is incredibly due for some wins and are capable of rising to the occasion. I see this series ending up in a split. I predict that it will be Mark Trumbo, and not Goldschmidt, that’ll try to match the Giancarlo Stanton show. People will see a lot from the 23-year-old Chris Owings; he’s on an absolute tear.


That just about does it for our Dbacks series primer. A big thanks to Guillermo Salcido for taking the time to answer our questions, and make sure to check out Venom Strikes for all your Arizona Diamondbacks coverage. You can follow Guillermo and Venom Strikes on Twitter as well.

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