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Series Preview: Marlins @ Giants


The Marlins will head to California to take on the Giants for a four game series.

Game 1

Tom Koehler (0-5) will open up the series for the Marlins. Tom Koehler started out well but his performances of late have been poor. In June, Koehler is 0-2 with a 9.18 ERA. In his last start he was mashed by the Cardinals giving up nine runs over 4 2/3 innings.

Former Marlins Chad Gaudin (2-1) will start for the Giants. Gaudin will be making his fourth start of the season after primarily pitching from the bullpen as a long inning reliever. In 11 relief appearances Gaudin is 0-1 with a 0.61 ERA at AT&T Park this season. In his last start Gaudin went five innings and gave up four runs against the Braves.

Game 2

Ricky Nolasco (4-7) will start the second game of the series for the Marlins. Nolasco was superb in his last outing going seven innings against the powerful Cardinals lineup and giving up just one run over three hits. Nolasco has a low 3.09 ERA in games away from Marlins Park.

Tim Lincecum (4-7) will start game two for the Giants. Lincecum had an okay performance in his last start. He went six innings and gave up three runs (two earned) over six innings. It was only Lincecum’s fifth quality start from 14 outings this season.

Game 3

Jacob Turner (1-0) will take the mound for game three of the series. Turner only lasted five innings in his last start but he still managed to limit the Diamondbacks to just just runs despite not looking sharp. Turner has issued just one home run over his four starts this season.

Barry Zito (4-5) will start the third game of the series for the Giants. Zito has been inconsistent this season. In April, three of his five starts were scoreless outings. Of his last ten games, Zito has only had two quality starts and three times this season Zito has allowed double digit hits. In his last start, Zito struck our eight Padres giving up two runs over 5 2/3 innings in a no decision.

Game 4

Matt Cain (5-3) will finish out the series for the Giants. Cain looks like he might be getting back on track after having three straight quality starts. Cain is a lot better at home this season. Only four of his 15 home runs allowed have been at AT&T Park. Cain also has a 3-1 record and a lower ERA at home this season.

Nathan Eovaldi (0-0) will finish out the series for the Marlins. In his season debut Eovaldi certainly was sharp as his fastball topped off at 99 miles per hour. He gave up just three hits and two runs over six impressive innings.

Marlins Notes – Nathan Eovaldi faced the Giants at AT&T Park last season as a Dodger. He gave up eight runs over five innings.

Juan Pierre’s hit streak is still at 16 after getting an off day in the final game of the series against the Diamondbacks.

Marcell Ozuna continued his mini slump as he went just 1-11 against the Diamonbacks and now has just two hits from his last 33 at bats.

Steve Cishek has retired 17 hitters in a row. A span which includes five saves.

Adeiny Hechavarria has ground into as many double plays as he does extra base hits, 11. Placido Polanco has seven extra base hits and has ground into 10 double plays.

Giants Notes – Matt Cain is 4-0 with a 3.09 ERA in night games. He is 1-3 with a 7.22 ERA in day games. Game four of the series is a day game.

The Giants 49 home runs are third lowest of any team in the major leagues.

Hunter Pence has been successful on all 13 stolen base attempts.

The Giants regular outfield has as many outfield assists as Marcell Ozuna, 5.