Game Of The Week: Miami Marlins At Cleveland Indians Preview
- Updated: September 2, 2016
The Miami Marlins (67-66) will travel to Progressive Field on Friday night for a three game interleague weekend series against the Cleveland Indians (76-56).
The Indians clearly have a hold of the American League Central division, four and a half games ahead of the Detroit Tigers.The Marlins are still in the Wild Card hunt as they continue one of their best seasons in years; although in third place in the National League East, eleven games back they are still mathematically a factor as they are just three and a half games back for the Wild Card.
The Indians will need to keep their pitching rotation fresh as they enter September in anticipation of the post-season. The Marlins will need to find an offensive push without Giancarlo Stanton if they want to see October play.
Right-hander Andrew Cashner (4.73, 4-10) will take the mound on Friday night as he tries to earn his first win since being acquired by the Marlins from the San Diego Padres near the trade deadline. This will be the first start in ten days for the twenty-nine year old since he has been dealing with a blister issue. It hasn’t been an easy transition to the Marlins as he is currently 0-3 with a 4.73 ERA in that span. He had his longest outing with Miami in his last start in a loss to the Kansas City Royals as he went six innings allowing one run off of four hits while walking two and striking out four batters.
For the Indians it will be right-hander Carlos Carrasco (3.23, 9-7) who is looking to rebound from a rough month of August. In his last start, Carrasco went four innings allowing three runs on eight hits in a loss to the Texas Rangers, but a highlight of that outing was that he struck out eight batters.
- Dee Gordon, 2B
- Marcell Ozuna, CF
- Martin Prado, 3B
- Christian Yelich, LF
- Xavier Scruggs, 1B
- Ichiro Suzuki, RF
- J.T. Realmuto, C
- Adeiny Hechavarria, SS
- Miguel Rojas, DH
- Rajai Davis, CF
- Jason Kipnis, 2B
- Francisco Lindor, SS
- Mike Napoli, 1B
- Carlos Santana, DH
- Jose Ramirez, 3B
- Brandon Guyer, LF
- Abe Almonte, RF
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