The Marlins send Jordan Yamamoto to the mound today, seeking his fourth win in a row at the start of his rookie season.
Yamamoto has been everything the Marlins front office could ask for and more since he was called up earlier this month to replace Caleb Smith in the starting rotation. As 23-year-old rookie prepares for another trip to the mound, Smith is preparing for his second start at Double-A Jacksonville on his rehab assignment.
Yamamoto was in Jacksonville playing for the Jumbo Shrimp when he received the news he was going to The Show.
Once the 27-year-old is set to come back to the main roster, the fun begins of which pitcher in the rotation is shuffled out.
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Yamamoto is the first pitcher in Marlins history to win his first three games of his career with the parent club. This is also the second time in a row he faces the Phillies. In his last start, he gave up two runs in five innings but did strike out seven batters. His slider has given hitters fits. They are 0-16 at the plate so far this season.
Another Marlins player to watch today is third baseman Brian Anderson, who feasted on Phillies pitching last night. The third baseman hit a home run and had three RBI in the 6-2win.
"“I think everybody knows that this is a tough park,” Anderson said. “So you’ve got to stay within yourself and try to barrel the ball the best you can and try to aim for the gaps. I was able to kind of sneak one out to right today. Not really changing anything. Just trying to stay with the process, and try to get as many barrels as I can.”"
Also, this is the 81st game of the season for the Marlins who are currently 31-49. With a win tonight, they would once again be on the same pace of 64 wins from last season. Since the team’s 10-31 start, Miami is 21-18 this season.
The Phillies will counter with Zach Eflin who is 7-7 this season with a 3.26 ERA and 77 strikeouts. His last start is one he would love to forget. Against the New York Mets, Eflin allowed six runs and three homers in five innings. Eflin has had 15 starts this season and has given up more than three runs in four of those appearances.