Fresh off another series win on the road, the Miami Marlins head to Milwaukee for a three-game set. The Marlins are 11-5 in their last 16 games.
While the talk of Major League Baseball over the next few days will be the Draft and the players the Marlins and the other 29 organizations pick to shape their futures, there is still baseball to be played tonight.
After another series win for Miami with two straight victories over the San Diego Padres where the team erupted for 18 runs in those wins, Miami now heads to Milwaukee for a date with the Brewers and their former star Christian Yelich. While the Giancarlo Stanton trade was the first real domino to fall at the beginning of the Derek Jeter era here in South Florida, it is Yelich who is proving the front office made a huge mistake by trading away the reigning National League MVP.
Yelich is on a tear again this season with 22 home runs to go along with 49 RBI and a .313 average.
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The Marlins are one of the hotter teams in baseball over the past 16 games, posting an 11-5 record. The Brewers are 34-36 overall in the National League Central.
Pablo Lopez gets the call and the ball tonight as he tries to continue to keep the momentum going of a team that has seemed to find its balance in the batting order and the pitching staff has shaken off early season inconsistency. Lopez faces the Brewers for the second time in his career as he was on the mound against them once last season. He surrendered five runs in six innings.
Lopez, 23, is coming off his last start where he looks good against the San Francisco Giants at home last week. He gave up one run. His pitching at home is much better than it is on the road, which is something the coaching staff must be cognizant of. He boasts an 8.26 ERA away from Marlins Park.
Lopez’s best pitch has been his curveball this season, where opposing batters are swinging just .152 against him. He has 55 strikeouts this season. This year, Lopez has a combined ERA of 4.99.
On the mound for the Brewers will be Chase Anderson. The righty is 3-0 this season with a 3.31 ERA and 34 strikeouts. In seven starts against the Marlins in his career, he has posted a 3.57 ERA. Anderson has five starts this season after starting 2019 in the bullpen.
Just a reminder: Day 2 of the Draft gets underway today with Rounds 3-10 beginning at 1 p.m. The Marlins strike gold with the selection of J.J. Bleday out of Vanderbilt with the fourth overall selection.
The team then followed up with that choice by grabbing Missouri outfielder Kameron Misner. The organization followed those two picks with the selection of high school shortstop Nasim Nunez.