After a day off, the Miami Marlins get set to face the Toronto Blues for two games on the road.
The Miami Marlins travel to Buffalo to start a two-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays.
Yes, read how odd that sounds. The Marlins hope to end their two-game losing streak in the process. Elieser Hernandez gets the ball to face the home team at 6:37 tonight. Hernandez is looking for his first win of the season.
Hernandez has made a positive impression on the Marlins coaching staff since the team’s first three pitchers – Sandy Alcantara, Caleb Smith, and Jose Urena are all on the I.L. dealing with issues from the Coronavirus. Manager Don Mattingly has had to make changes to his pitching staff. The two losses notwithstanding the new arms in the bullpen have responded.
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It’s a testament to how well the front office has been able to replace key pitchers in the bullpen and how well Mattingly has move chess pieces. Now, the team is faced with something new this season – rebounding and finding balance once again.
Hernandez offers the team flexibility as he earned the fifth-starters spot in the rotation, but can move to the bullpen in long relief. He and Jordan Yamamoto are now in the rotation after a strong competition to be part of the starting five.
Hernandez got his first start of the season last Wednesday where he earned a no-decision but looked strong in the outing. He threw 4 2/3 innings, struck out five batters and walked one. He showed consistency on the mound which the Marlins need with the make-shift rotation.
The Miami Marlins will face Hyun Jin Ryu, who has a 1-1 record this season for the Blue Jays. In three games this season, he has a 5.14 ERA and 17 strikeouts.
The Marlins have moved Jesus Aguilar to designated hitter for the game. Logan Forsyth will start at first base. The outfield will have some speed out there with Monte Harrison in centerfield and Lewis Brinson in right field.