Tonight at 7:10 PM EDT, the Miami Marlins will host their home opener against the invading Orioles of Baltimore.
There are few teams with a grimmer outlook for the 2020 campaign than the Miami Marlins, but the Orioles are one of them. According to Fangraphs, the Marlins 11.9 percent chance of making the playoffs remains the worst figure in the National League. Over in the American League however, the Seattle Mariners clock in with a 5.6 percent chance, and the Orioles remain last with a 2.5 percent shot.
The Miami Marlins just completed a three-game series win over the Philadelphia Phillies on the road. Sandwiched on each side of a 7-1 loss was a Marlins win, 5-2 on Opening Day, and 11-6 in yesterday’s series finale. Miami will host the Phillies for a three-game set starting on August 4, and again for four games beginning on September 10.
The Orioles are coming off a three-game series win over the Boston Red Sox. After beginning the season with a 13-2 Opening Day loss, they bounced back to win on Saturday and Sunday, 7-2 and 7-4 respectively.
The last time the Marlins met the Orioles was on June 17, 2018. In that game, a 10-4 Orioles win at Camden Yards, Derek Dietrich, Justin Bour, and Starlin Castro each collected a pair of base hits, including two homers for Bour. Trevor Richards started and lost, allowing six runs in 3 1/3 innings. The only player who appeared in that game, just two seasons ago and still with the Marlins is Brian Anderson.
Baltimore will send out Asher Wojciechowski, who was 4-8 with a 4.92 ERA last season for the O’s. Wojciechowski went 5-5 for the Jacksonville Suns and New Orleans Zephyrs in the Marlins system in 2016.
1 CF Austin Hays
2 RF Anthony Santander
3 SS Jose Iglesias
4 3B Rio Ruiz
5 2B Hanser Alberto
6 1B Chris Davis
7 DH Renato Nunez
8 C Chance Sisco
9 LF DJ Stewart
In other combined “Eastern League” action today, the Toronto Blue Jays will visit the Washington Nationals, the Tampa Bay Rays will host the Braves, the Phillies will host the Yankees, and The New York Mets will visit the Red Sox.
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Miguel Rojas has started out the 2020 season by going 7-for-10 with five RBI and three extra-base hits through his first three games.
Jonathan Villar, who was an Oriole last season, has started this season 1-for-12 with a walk and an RBI.
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