Will home cooking lead to the end of a six-game losing streak for the Miami Marlins?
The Miami Marlins look to end a six-game losing streak today as they open a four-game series with the Atlanta Braves. The good news the team is at home, looking for some semblance of balance. The bad news is they start off facing Dallas Keuchel for the visitors.
Elieser Hernandez will take the mound after moving around on the staff, spending time in the rotation and the bullpen. With the recent moves by the organization at the trade deadline, Hernandez was inserted back into the starting five and will give it a go today.
This is his second time out since he rejoined the rotation and looks to have a better showing. The right-hander could not find a rhythm his last time on the mound and surrendered five runs and four walks in just three innings of work.
For those of you trivia buffs out there, the five runs he gave up tied a career-high for Hernandez as a starter.
Since coming to Atlanta, Keuchel has had mixed success on the mound. In his only appearance against the Marlins this season, he was solid – working 7 1/3 inning while giving up just two runs for a victory.
Keuchel is 3-4 this season in a Braves uniform and has a 3.86 ERA with 42 strikeouts.
The Marlins could not get the offense rolling in a 7-2 loss to the Mets on Wednesday, which closed out the series in New York. Jordan Yamamoto was betrayed by two pitches on the day, which resulted in the loss. The Marlins will play four games against the Braves before a series with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Face two potential playoff teams doesn’t make things better in the heat of South Florida.
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Yamamoto did keep Miami in the game, as Bill Ladson of MLB.com explained. He pitched six innings and allowing just five hits. Two of those hits were his downfall and resulted in four earned runs on the afternoon.
"“We kind of got manhandled during the whole trip,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “We have to get back on track. The [Trade Deadline] punched us in the gut — reorganizing your ‘pen, changing your lineup. I think it will normalize. It would be nice to be sooner [rather] than later.“It doesn’t get any easier. It’s the big leagues. You have to be ready to play every night. We’ll get back home and see if we can make that adjustment.”"
The Marlins hope for better results with Hernandez, who is 1-4 this season with a 5.6 ERA and 41 strikeouts.