MLB: Marlins at Diamondbacks Preview

After being swept by the surging San Diego Padres the Arizona Diamondbacks will welcome the Miami Marlins to Chase Field for a three game series. The Diamondbacks are going to try and avoid a season worst-tying fourth consecutive defeat tonight.

Miami is 21-47 on the year and ranks last in MLB in several offensive categories. They have dropped 10 of 14 to Arizona, including two of three May 17-19. However, they proved plenty impressive at the plate in taking two of three from St. Louis this past weekend. They hit .308 and scored 19 runs; and have won five of eight under first year manager Mike Redmond. Jacob Turner 1-0, with a 1.80 ERA gets the start tonight for the Marlins.

The Marlins’ improvement can be credited to Giancarlo Stanton’s return from injury. The power-hitting right fielder has hit safely in all six games since missing six weeks due to a strained right hamstring. In his return he has gone 9 for 24 with two homers, three doubles and seven RBIs. Having him back can be a big advantage for the Marlins and could change the way teams will pitch to them.

But, tonight the Marlins could have their hands full against Diamondbacks’ starter Patrick Corbin. He is 9-0, with a 2.28 ERA on the year. The 23 year old left-hander has a chance to become the first Diamondbacks pitcher ever to go 10-0 to start a season. Arizona has won all 13 games when he takes the mound, but Corbin does not have a decision in his last 2 starts.

He has not been the same pitcher that started the season when he compiled a 1.44 ERA over his first nine starts; but now has a 4.44 ERA in his last four. He allowed four runs and eight hits over a season-low five innings last Wednesday in an 8-6, 12 inning road win over the Los Angeles Dodgers, but a stable performance from Corbin could go a long way for the Diamondbacks, who have dropped their last six of eight.

The Diamondbacks hit .181 and were limited to six runs during a three-game sweep at Petco Park. They were outplayed in every aspect of the series. Paul Goldschmidt is hitless in his last 12 at-bats and has been in a 4 for 39 slump since his homerun at Chase Field on June 7th.

Game time tonight is 6:40PM from Chase Field. Tuesday’s starter for the Diamondbacks has yet to be named. It could be Josh Collmenter, Charles Brewer, Randall Delgado, or maybe even Archie Bradley. We will wait and see. Game time is 6:40PM.Wednesday is a day game with a start time of 12:40PM. Trevor Cahill is the Diamondbacks scheduled starter for Wednesday’s day game.

I hope to see you at the ballpark. Follow me on Twitter: @Basebaldaz.

Jim Marshall

Jim Marshall

I have lived in Phoenix for over 45+ years. I am an avid baseball, basketball, football and hockey fan. My favorite teams are the local professional sports teams yes even the Phx Mercury, as well as THE Arizona State Sun Devils. My favorite sport is baseball. I am a collector of baseball memorabilia. My favorite athlete of all time is Baseball Hall of Fame member Harmon Killebrew. I enjoy attending live sporting events and I am a season ticket holder for the Arizona Cardinals. I enjoy traveling the state of Arizona with my lovely wife Patti.

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