What do the Miami Marlins get for scoring 10 runs on 22 hits and a win over the Washington Nationals to avoid being swept in their last series? How about a homestand that begins with a three-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers.
The Marlins and Brewers begin on Monday night with first pitch at Marlins Park at 7:10 p.m.
For Miami, this is a chance to gain some momentum heading into the All-Star break. For Milwaukee, it is a chance to build on a 1.5-game lead over the Chicago Cubs.
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The Marlins are 37-55 for the season and 5-5 in their last 10 outings. The Brewers are 54-36 and 7-3 in their last 10 contests.
Here is a look at the three upcoming games on Miami’s schedule.
MONDAY, JULY 9 AT 7:10 P.M. – Marlins: Jose Urena (2-9 with a 4.18 ERA) vs. Milwaukee: Chase Anderson (6-6 with 3.99 ERA)
Despite the nine losses, Urena has looked good more than he has looked bad this season. He may be one of the biggest bad luck pitchers in the game. He posted five shutout innings against the Tampa Bay Rays and got no decision. He is 2-2 with a 3.67 ERA in his last seven starts and is looking for his first home win of the season.
Anderson has pitched well in Marlins Park in his three starts in his career. He is considered a fly-ball pitcher, which could aim him in the big outfield in Miami. He has pitched well, allowing over three runs in 17 1/2 innings in his last three starts.
TUESDAY, JULY 10 AT 7:10 P.M. – Marlins: Pablo Lopez (1-0 with a 5.73 ERA) vs. Milwaukee: Jhoulys Chacin (7-3 with a 3.63 ERA)
Lopez takes the mound again, looking for his second win of the season. The rookie will have the luxury of pitching at home. The 22-year-old right-hander overcame some early control issues in his first career start versus the New York Mets to earn his first MLB career win. In two games in his career, he has pitched 11 innings while striking out eight batters.
The 30-year-old Chacin is one of the leaders of the Brewers rotation. He has pitched in 19 games this season with nine no-decisions. He is a big, strong guy at 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds and has 83 strikeouts to his credit in 2018. The native of Venezuela made his Major League debut in 2009 and has a 66-70 lifetime pitching record.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 11 AT 7:10 P.M. – Marlins: Dan Straily (3-4 with a 4.55 ERA) vs. Milwaukee: Freddy Peralta (4-1 with a 2.14 ERA)
The veteran Straily goes up against the rookie. Straily has looked solid at times and has struggled at other times. He is still the one asked to come in and give the Marlins solid innings on the mound. Straily missed the first few weeks of the season with inflammation in his throwing arm. Miami must give him more run support when he is on the mound.
Peralta, a rookie, has been a pleasant surprise this season. The 22-year-old has pitched in six games and has 46 strikeouts this season. He made his debut in May against the Colorado Rockies where he set a team record for rookies by striking out 13 batters in 5.2 innings.