Miami Marlins: Rockies and Marlins Open 4 Game Series


The Miami Marlins and Colorado Rockies are set to start a 4 game series in Sunny South Florida. The Marlins are coming home from getting swept by the Blue Jays.

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It was the first time the Marlins and the Jays squared off since the big blockbuster trade in 2012 that sent Jose Reyes to the Jays. The Marlins went into Toronto and did what they did a bunch of times this season, lose. Besides a huge series from no other than Marlins’ superstar Giancarlo Stanton who had 3 home runs, the Marlins didn’t do much in the series getting blown in the first and third game.

The second game the Marlins had a lead due to a two home-run game by Stanton, but A.J. Ramos came in blew the save.

Stanton now leads the MLB in home-run and RBIs.

Before the Blue Jays series, the Marlins played Rockies in Denver, winning 2 out of 3.

The Rockies come into this series fresh of a series win over the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Marlins are now 12 games under .500 and are still trying to climb their way back to put them in a position to make a run for the playoffs

The Miami Marlins will send out David Phelps who is 2-3 with a 4.68 ERA. Since Phelps hot start to the season, when he was put into the rotation to replace the injured Henderson Alvarez, regression has hit him like a bus. Phelps has a xFIP of 4.11.

If you’re unfamiliar with xFIP here is what it is, it’s calculated in the same way as FIP, except it replaces a pitcher’s home run total with an estimate of how many home runs they should have allowed given the number of fly balls they surrendered, while assuming a league average home run to fly ball percentage.

The Rockies will send out Chris Rusin who is off to a nice start this year, he’s 2-0 with a 1.45 ERA. Rusin dominated when he faced the Marlins, which was his last start going 7 innings giving up 7 hits and two earned runs. This is Rusin’s 3rd year in the Majors but first with Colorado, he spent his previous two years in Chicago with the Cubs.

The Marlins will try to go for their first four game sweep of the season. They will need it if they want to turn this season around.

—game notes—-

Marlins Lineup:

  1. Adeiny Hechavarria, SS
  2. Martin Prado, 3B
  3. Christian Yelich, LF
  4. Giancarlo Stanton, RF
  5. Marcell Ozuna, CF
  6. Jeff Baker, 1B
  7. J.T. Realmuto, C
  8. Donovan Solano, 2B
  9. David Phelps, P

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