The Miami Marlins send Caleb Smith to the mound to face in-state rival Tampa Bay in a two-game interleague series from Marlins Park starting Tuesday.
Can Caleb Smith do it again? If the Marlins lefty can continue to mow down hitters and the lineup can find a way to score, this could be another one of those evenings we talk about as something positive to build on.
The Marlins face the Tampa Bay Rays in a two-game interleague series starting Tuesday night at home.
Smith has been the one constant pitcher in the Marlins rotation that has done anything worth noting of late. He continues to get better with each outing, shows great command on the mound and has struck out batters in quick time.
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The Marlins are certainly reaping the rewards of acquiring the 27-year-old last offseason in what has become known as Derek Jeter’s first player move once he took over as CEO of the team in October of 2017.
Smith has a 3-0 record with a 2.11 ERA and 56 strikeouts to his credit.
The Rays are 24-15 this season and look to be a playoff contender this season. Charlie Morton gets the ball on the road for Tampa Bay. The righty is also 3-0 with a 2.64 ERA and 56 strikeouts. This could also have a making of a pitcher’s duel where the first team to score could easily take home the victory.
The franchise has lost five straight on the road and are hoping the confines of Marlins Park will help cure what ails them. The team had the day off in New York yesterday as their game against the Mets, the series finale was canceled due to rain.
The game will be rescheduled as part of a single-admission doubleheader on Aug. 5 at 4:10 p.m. ET at Citi Field.
"Per Bill Ladson of MLB.com, “Manager Don Mattingly said Miami will stay inthe rotation, which means left-hander [Caleb] Smith will pitch the first game, followed by right-hander Jose Urena.”"
News and Notes: The organization’s minor league system has a few things to smile about.
Monte Harrison, who has been hitting leadoff for the New Orleans Baby Cakes of the Pacific Coast League has nine stolen bases in the first 12 days of May.
Harrison has been playing better this season, improving his hitting and cutting down on his strikeouts.
"“Hernandez earned the award after carrying a no-hitter into the seventh inning against the Oklahoma City Dodgers on May 6, allowing a double to first baseman Cameron Perkins before being relieved,” the Bay Cakes public relations staff wrote.“He struck out the first four batters he faced, and 10 of the 24 total he faced in his outing, his first double-digit strikeout performance since 2015.”"