Miami Marlins: Fish face Rangers in interleague action

Marlins conclude road trip in Texas

For the second time in three series, the Miami Marlins will be playing a two-game interleague road set. Miami will conclude a 7-game road trip with two games in Arlington against the Texas Rangers.

Miami is off to a 3-2 start on the trip. The Marlins most recently dropped two of three to the Chicago Cubs in Wrigley Field, but rallied their last time out to avoid the sweep. Even without starting pitcher Jose Fernandez, Miami has managed to get quality starts from its rotation.

Right-hander Henderson Alvarez currently leads baseball with three shutouts and has thrown 27 consecutive scoreless innings in interleague action dating back to last season. Alvarez however, will not pitch in the series with Texas.

Outfielder Giancarlo Stanton is currently tied for the National League lead in home runs with Colorado’s Troy Tulowitzki while leading the N.L. with 53 RBIs. Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt ranks second in the N.L. with 46 runs batted in.

For Texas, outfielder Alex Rios leads the American League with a .335 batting average. As a team, the Rangers rank fourth in that category throughout baseball. On Wednesday, Miami will have to face All-Star Yu Darvish, who is off to a 6-2 start with an outstanding 2.36 ERA.

Texas comes in with a record of 31-33 after losing the final three games of a four-game set with Cleveland. The Rangers sit in fourth place in the American League West, eight games back of the division-leading Oakland Athletics.

With a 33-30 record, the Miami Marlins are in third place in the National League East, but trail the Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals each by just half a game. The Fish had moved into a first place tie before the Nats and Braves each collected victories on Monday night.

Miami and Texas will meet for only two games in Arlington. The series begins on Tuesday night and ends Wednesday. Both games will start at 8:05 P.M. eastern time.

Marlins Musings

Realmuto Making a Splash
Though his big league career is just three games old, 23-year-old catcher Jacob Realmuto has made his presence felt in the Miami order. Realmuto has four RBIs during that stretch including three in his first career start against Tampa Bay on Thursday. In Sunday’s 4-3 win over the Chicago Cubs, Realmuto got the Marlins on the scoreboard with a RBI single in the seventh inning. Miami would rally to win the game thanks to two runs in the eighth inning. With Jarrod Saltalamacchia on the shelf with a concussion, Realmuto should continue to see playing time.

Dunn Tied for Club Lead in Wins
After earning his fifth victory of the season on Sunday, Marlins’ left-handed reliever Mike Dunn is now tied with Tom Koehler for the team lead in victories. Though his Miami career has been inconsistent, Dunn is playing perhaps his best baseball as a Marlin. Dunn has not allowed a run since May 22nd and has yielded just three hits in 6 1/3 innings over that stretch. Despite a sluggish start to the season, Dunn has become perhaps the most dependable Miami reliever aside from closer Steve Cishek. Dunn has also won his last four decisions to improve to 5-3 on the year with a 3.60 ERA.

Pitching Match-ups
Tuesday – Tom Koehler (MIA) 5-5, 3.33 ERA vs. Colby Lewis (TEX) 4-4, 5.77 ERA
Wednesday – Jacob Turner (MIA) 2-3, 5.93 ERA vs. Yu Darvish (TEX) 6-2, 2.36 ERA

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