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Marlins Big 10-Game Homestand

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The Homestand

There are some tough teams coming to Marlins Park. It’s going to be a difficult task for the fish to face off against the Nationals, Cubs, and Mets. Although they have shown they have the firepower to keep up with these big clubs. They already beat the Nationals twice, as they won the first of 3 series to be played during the homestand. We are going to look ahead, as I will give you some of my predictions and insight on how the next 7 games are going to turn out.


3 Games Vs Nationals

The Marlins just completed their 3 game series against the Nationals. The Nats came extremely close to a series sweep, but the fighting fish found a way to win 2 of 3.

Game 1: Marlins starter Justin Nicolino was roughed up early. He gave up 6 runs on 7 hits, including 2 home runs in 3 innings of work. The Marlins scratched all 6 runs back in the bottom of the third, with the help of a grand slam by Justin Bour. The seventh inning saw Giancarlo Stanton hit a solo bomb to tie it at 7. Marcell Ozuna walked it off in the bottom of the ninth with a hit to deep center.

Final: MIA 8 WSH 7


Game 2: After 2 impeccable starts in early June, Edinson Volquez has finally looked human in his latest last two starts. In his 4.2 innings on the bump, the Nats scored 6 runs and drew 5 walks. Brad Ziegler also gave up 5 runs in the top of the ninth inning. On the bright side, Marcell Ozuna hit his 19th big fly of the year.

Final: MIA 3 WSH 12


Game 3: Max Scherzer was absolutely dominant. The Marlins got their first hit in the bottom of the eighth via an infield single off the bat of A.J. Ellis. After an error and an HBP, the bases were loaded and the Marlins scored their first run on a Scherzer wild pitch. A few pitches later and Giancarlo Stanton drove in the game-winning run on a single to left field.

Final: MIA 2 WSH 1


4 Games Vs Cubs

The Marlins faced the Cubs about two weeks ago and they dropped two out of three games. They are going to start a 4 game series tonight and these are some of my series predictions.


Game 1: Probable starters: MIA- Jeff Locke CHC- Jake Arrieta. It is Arrieta Vs Locke round 2 in Miami. They faced off in early June and Arrieta got the best of that matchup. Expect Arrieta to have another good start against the Marlins.

Projected pitching lines: Locke 5 IP, 7H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4k. Arrieta 6 IP, 4H, 2ER, 2BB, 6K

Projected Final: MIA 3 CHC 5


Game 2: Probable starters: MIA- Jose Urena CHC- John Lackey. Coincidentally, these two also faced each other in Chicago. Urena earned the win, as it was the Marlins only win of that series. The fish will get to Lackey again and even up the series 1-1.

Projected pitching lines: Urena 6IP, 5H, 2ER, 4BB, 3K. Lackey 4.2IP, 7H, 5ER, 1BB, 2K

Projected Final: MIA 7 CHC 2


Game 3: Probable starters: MIA- Justin Nicolino CHC- Jon Lester. It’s going to be a battle of the lefties on Saturday. Nicolino hit the DL about three weeks ago, but he did not have a good outing after returning to the rotation. Lester will be the lefty that comes out victorious in this one.

Projected pitching lines: Nicolino 5.1 IP, 6H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3k. Lester 7IP, 5H, 2ER, 2BB, 8K

Projected Final: MIA 2 CHC 5


Game 4: Probable starters: MIA- Edinson Volquez CHC- Mike Montgomery. A tale of two very different pitchers. Volquez has gone cold lately, as he now looks like the pitcher we saw in May. Montgomery has a 2.26 ERA in 51.2 innings this season. Expect the May Volquez to show up on Sunday.

Projected pitching lines: Volquez 5IP, 7H, 5ER, 5BB, 4k. Montgomery 7IP, 4H, 1ER, 3BB, 5k

Projected Final: MIA 1 CHC6

3 Games Vs Mets

The Marlins need to win the series if they want to get to .500 before the All-star break. The Marlins are projected to have Dan Straily on the mound for game 1. Straily has been the ace of the staff this season. A good start from him should set up a win for the fish.

If the Marlins continue with the same rotation, Jeff Locke will be on the mound for game two, which should make for an interesting one. He hasn’t pitched very well in his last 3 starts, as none of those starts have seen him pitch 6 innings or give up less than 3 runs. This might be the Marlins only loss of the series.

This will mean that Jose Urena will be the starter for the last game of the series and the homestand. He has been the number 2 pitcher for the Marlins since they placed him back in the rotation in Early May. Enough production from the Marlins hitters should see them win this game and close out the homestand on a high note.