Can the Marlins ask Elieser Hernandez to use his last time in Atlanta to springboard this team to a win and the end of a three-game losing streak?
The last time Elieser Hernandez was in Atlanta, he looked good on the mound. An inning of scoreless work was all he was asked to do. Now, as he starts for the Miami Marlins tonight, he is being asked to stop a three-game losing streak. It’s a tall task as Miami has not fared well against the Braves on the road this season.
And facing their National League East foes for the second time in four series is another tall order they must overcome. They will face Dallas Keuchel, who did not fare well the last time he took the bump against Miami.
Hernandez’s last outing as a starter was a six-run, six-inning blowout at the hands of the Los Angeles Dodgers. He may return to the bullpen once again when either Pablo Lopez or Jose Urena return to the roster from injury.
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Being on the road does not bode well for Hernandez, who has a 7.20 ERA when making a traveling start.
The Marlins previous game, a 7-6, 10-inning walk-off loss to the Colorado Rockies was at the expense of a solid outing from Jordan Yamamoto. Two costly errors by rookie second baseman Isan Diaz sealed their fate. Yamamoto, who had lost his last four decisions, looked solid in five-plus innings, but the ebb and flow of the Marlins season were summed up by rookie mistakes. It’s a learning process, nonetheless.
"“Growing pains are necessary in any rebuild, and the Marlins are feeling them daily. But there are also small triumphs that indicate things are going in the right direction,” writes Manny Randhawa of MLB.com. “For a young starting rotation, one would think navigating the large gaps and thin air at Coors Field would be a daunting task. But rookies Sandy Alcantara and Yamamoto rose to the occasion.”"
The Marlins hope Hernandez can do the same thing,
In other news: Jorge Guzman strikes again. The Marlins No. 17 prospect once again showed how dominant he can be at Double-A Jacksonville. He pitched seven innings of one-run ball while allowing just one run and two walks.
"Per MLB.com, “The flamethrowing right-hander struck out just four batters, which doesn’t quite match the 13 he fanned over six innings a couple of outings ago, but Guzman did well to control his pitches and get deep into the game. Miami’s No. 17 prospect is riding a hot streak over the last four starts, where he’s allowed just two runs on four hits over 25 innings.”"