2022 Series Preview: Miami Marlins @ Houston Astros

Narration

Compare the Marlins with a rollercoaster and you will accurately describe the 2022 Miami season. They did well in April (12-8), horrible May (7-19), and so far, they have a promising June (6-3), which includes a three-game sweep against The national team from Tuesday to Thursday.

If we had to point out a notable aspect of the 2022 Marlins, it would be their first turn. This team enjoyed one of the strongest baseball duos for its key players, Sandy Alcantara and Pablo Lopez. These two combined for a 10-4 record with a 1.86 ERA across 149 2/3 innings which is why the Marlins had the fourth best turnover in the National League in terms of ERA (3.47).

Although their attack wasn’t as good as the primary shooters, there had been some spark recently. In June, Don Mattingly averaged 6.9 hits and 10.2 scores per game, along with 805 OPS.

Both teams arrived at this three-game series holding a hot streak, so it will be interesting to see how it goes. Although they face two very different scenarios: the Astros enjoy a 9.0 lead in the match at AL West while the Marlins try to bridge the gap in the race for the NL Wild Card.

Their last match occurred in 2017, when Strauss swept the fish in a three-game series, with a score of 7-2 12-2 3-0.

Last 10 matches: 6-4 Scoring, 1 Series Swept, 1 Series Split, 1 Series Loss, 11 Differential Playback (63°, 52° Allowed)

W/L Divisions: 15-14 at home, 10-16 on the road, 10-18 against teams over .500

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a crime

Like I said above, the Marlins lineup has been a hot red lately, outperforming the Nationals (21-7) and the Rockies (27-21) in two of the last three series. Miami have had different offensive leaders all season, but in the past two weeks, they have been lifted by World Series Player of the Year Jorge Soler, Garrett Cooper and Jesus Sanchez.

Cooper is the hottest Marlins hitter right now and he’s never faced the Astros before. He’s had at least two hits in 10 out of 12 matches, a period in which he collected five doubles, triples, two hits, and hit 12 times. Soler has three runs, seven in, and nine walks over his last 12 competitions. Sanchez leads the team with four long balls and 10 streaks in the last 15 days.

At first glance, the Marlins may not seem like a dangerous and well-beaten team, but they have turned out to be a very decent team that can push you sometimes. They will likely have Soler available again after taking the day off for precautionary reasons on Thursday due to back stiffness.


The Bullpen

Unlike in recent years, the Marlins Bullpen hasn’t been so sharp this season. In fact, one could say that their weakest aspect is the dilution team, who hold a 4.18 ERA and are ranked 20th in the major leagues. But beyond that, their bases accounted for 10 of the team’s 30 losses and only 12 passes in 20 chances, along with seven quick saves.

Although the Marlins don’t have the worst game in the league, their lack of depth is unquestionable. Stephen Ockert (2.16 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, 13.0 K/9) and Anthony Bass (2.01 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, 8.5 K/9) were an acceptable left-wing combination, but not enough for a team with Wild Card aspirations especially with Anthony Bender on the hit list.

If the Marlins want to win and compete seriously against teams like the Astros, it’s almost mandatory to have a pair of nice guns that help secure more wins in the long run.


appetizers

Game 1: Pablo Lopez (RHP, 4-2, 2.18 ERA, 67 K’s) vs. Luis Garcia (RHP, 3-4, 3.07 ERA, 53 K’s)

López started the season with a league-leading 1.05 ERA after his first seven starts, but hasn’t won since May 7 and has struggled in his last four trips to the hill, with 11 winning rounds and four people allowed in 23 rounds (4.30 ERA, .829 OPS). García, on the other hand, has been strong in his last three games, with a 2.50 ERA across 18 innings, including two rounds of quality starts.

Game 2: Braxton Jarrett (LHP, 0-1, 10.80 ERA, 5 K’s) vs. Framber Valdez (LHP, 6-2, 2.61 ERA, 55 K’s)

In just 3 innings and 1/3, Garrett allowed five hits and four notch runs against the Mariners in his only comeback of the season, on Sunday. It has yet to be proven that it could be a strong spinning option for Marlins as Garrett is 2-4, 5.60 ERA in 11 lifetime appearances (10 starts). For the Astros, Framber comes to this game with a five-match winning streak. The competitors have averaged a 0.57 OPS off Valdez in their last eight games.

Game 3: Edward Cabrera (RHP, 2-0, 0.75 ERA, 13 K’s) vs. Justin Verlander (RHP, 7-2, 2.13 ERA, 73 K’s)

The 24-year-old Cabrera has been extinguished in two of this year’s rounds, both starting against the Rockies and the Nats, having given up just three times in 12 rounds. However, the next challenge will not be easy as he will face the living legend Verlander. JV’s 2022 season is as good as it gets: So far, the 39-year-old veteran has allowed more than three rounds just once (May 27 against Seattle). It will be an interesting text match.


For the pleasure of watching and listening

Game 1: Friday June 10 @7:10pm EST

Listen: Marlins – WAQI 710, Fox Sports 940AM (WINZ) / Astros – KBME 790 AM / 94.5 FM HD-2, KTRH 740 AM / 99.1 FM HD-2, TUDN 93.3 / KLAT 1010

Watch: Marlins – Bally Sports Florida / Astros – ATT SportsNet-SW

Game 2: Saturday June 11 @3:10pm DST

Listen: Marlins – WAQI 710, Fox Sports 940AM (WINZ) / Astros – KBME 790 AM / 94.5 FM HD-2, TUDN 93.3 / KLAT 1010

Watch: Marlins – Bally Sports Florida / Astros – ATT SportsNet-SW

The third game: Sunday June 12 @ 1:10pm CST

Listen: Marlins – WAQI 710, Fox Sports 940AM (WINZ) / Astros – KBME 790 AM / 94.5 FM HD-2, TUDN 93.3 / KLAT 1010

Watch: Marlins – Bally Sports Florida / Astros – ATT SportsNet-SW


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Who wins this series?

This poll is closed

  • 13%
    Astros Sweep 3-0

    (5 votes)

  • 66%
    Astros win 2-1

    (24 votes)

  • 13%
    Marlins win 2-1

    (5 votes)

  • 5%
    Marlins sweep 3-0

    (2 votes)


36 total votes

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