An 11-game trip to the West Coast has not yet been kind to the Miami Marlins as the Fish are just 2-5 thus far. After losing series to the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers, Miami will conclude its stay with four games against the first place San Francisco Giants.
The Giants most recently took two of three at home against the Atlanta Braves. San Francisco has been very difficult to beat at home this season while Miami owns the worst road record in baseball.
While San Francisco’s batting average as a team has been sub-par, scoring runs has not been all that difficult. Angel Pagan is off to an outstanding start and catcher Buster Posey has come on of late. Pitchers Tim Hudson and Madison Bumgarner have anchored the rotation while closer Sergio Romo is second in the National League with 13 saves.
The Giants’ pitching staff will have its hands full over the next four games as they try to find ways to get Miami right fielder Giancarlo Stanton out. Stanton is currently hitting .325 and leads the National League in both home runs and RBIs. As a team, the Marlins rank sixth in all of baseball in terms of scoring runs.
Though the Marlins have struggled on their current road trip, Miami still remains above .500 at 21-20. As one of baseball’s early surprises, the Marlins sit in third place in the National League East, just two games back of the first place Braves.
The Giants’ 26-15 record is currently the best in the National League. San Francisco holds a 3.5-game lead in the National League West over the Colorado Rockies. Throughout baseball, only the Detroit Tigers have a better record than the Giants.
The series in the Bay Area will be the first four of seven meetings between the Marlins and Giants this season. San Francisco will pay its only visit to South Florida immediately after the All-Star break in mid-July. Miami took three of four from the Giants out west last season and four of the seven total meetings between the clubs.
The four-game series will begin on Thursday. The teams will play night games on Thursday, Friday and Saturday before a day game on Sunday. For Miami, the match-up with San Francisco will end a stretch of playing 20 games in 20 days.
Stanton’s Hitting Streak Hits 16
While Marlins’ outfielder Giancarlo Stanton leads the National League in homers and RBIs, he is also in the midst of a career-long 16-game hitting streak. In a 13-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night, Stanton was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate to extend the streak. Though Stanton leads the N.L. in the power categories, his .325 batting average also ranks in the top five. Over the duration of the streak, Stanton has hit .386 while raising his average by 55 points.
DeSclafani Wins MLB Debut
With All-Star and ace Jose Fernandez likely done for the season with a UCL tear, Miami Marlins’ rookie Anthony DeSclafani was called up to make his first big league start. In a 13-3 win over the Dodgers on Wednesday, DeSclafani was solid. DeSclafani held Los Angeles scoreless for the first four innings and wound up allowing just two runs on seven hits over six innings while fanning seven. DeSclafani easily picked up his first big league win while new Marlin, Randy Wolf finished the game by tossing three innings.
Thursday – Nathan Eovaldi (MIA) 2-1, 2.86 ERA vs. Matt Cain (SF) 0-3, 4.25 ERA
Friday – Henderson Alvarez (MIA) 2-3, 3.33 ERA vs. Tim Hudson (SF) 4-2, 2.09 ERA
Saturday – Tom Koehler (MIA) 3-3, 2.57 ERA vs. Tim Lincecum (SF) 3-2, 4.78 ERA
Sunday – Jacob Turner (MIA) 0-1, 6.75 ERA vs. Ryan Vogelsong (SF) 1-2, 4.22 ERA