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Series Preview: Marlins @ Diamondbacks

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The Marlins have been looking better of late and will be aiming for back to back series wins after taking down a Cardinal side who hold the best record in baseball.

Game 1

Jacob Turner (1-0) will open up the series for the Marlins. Turner has had two quality starts from three outings this season. In his last start Turner gave up four runs, three earned over seven innings, against the Brewers.

Lefty Patrick Corbin (9-0) will open up the series for the Diamondbacks. The Diamondbacks are 13-0 in games which Corbin has started this season. In his last outing Corbin gave up four runs over five innings against the Dodgers. Corbin has a 1.80 ERA at home this season.

Game 2

Nathan Eovaldi (0-0) will make his season for the Marlins. In five rehab starts Eovaldi went 1-1 with a 4.35 ERA. In 2012, Eovaldi was impressive at times with the Marlins. He finished off the season with a 3-7 record and a 4.43 ERA over 12 starts for the Marlins.

The Diamondbacks have to yet announce their starter for the second game of the series.

Game 3

The Marlins haven’t announced a starter for the final game of the series. Although Kevin Slowey was moved to the bullpen, Tom Koehler’s latest outing has clearly put doubts in the mind of Mike Redmond. Koehler has yet to win a game this season while Slowey has been poor of latr except for the brilliant outing from the bullpen against the Mets.

Trevor Cahill (3-8) will finish out the series for the Diamondbacks. On May 17 Cahill beat the Marlins giving up just one run over eight innings. However since that outing, Cahill is 0-4 with a 7.05 ERA from five starts. In his last start Cahill gave up two runs over 5 2/3 innings with 10 strikeouts, in a loss to the Padres.

Diamondbacks Notes – Left handed hitters bat .143 against Patrick Corbin this season.

The Diamondbacks took two of three games from the Marlins last month.

The Diamondbacks are fifth in the league in fielding percentage.

Heath Bell has saved 12 of his 14 save opportunities.

The Diamondbacks are second in the league with 69 ground into double plays. The Marlins are third with 67. The New York Mets have 29 and have a high on base percentage than the Marlins.

Marlins Notes – Juan Pierre is riding a 14 game hit streak and has raised his batting average to .257 for the season.

Marcell Ozuna is in a mini slump going 1-22 in his last five plus games.

The Marlins have caught 25 runners stealing base, the highest in the Majors.

The Marlins are tied last in the Majors with one shutout.

The Marlins lead the Majors in number of intentional walks issued by a pitcher.