Jose Fernandez (13-7, 2.79 ERA), seeking his 200th strikeout of the season, gets the ball for the Miami Marlins (68-67) as they go up against Trevor Bauer (9-6, 3.73 ERA) and the Cleveland Indians (77-56) in the second of a three-game series at Progressive Field. The Indians won the last game 6-2, and Cleveland leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 7:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sep. 3 and will air on STOh and FSFL.
In his most recent outing, Bauer pitched 6.0 innings, giving up zero runs, striking out four and walking one in a 1-0 victory over the Twins. The Marlins were unsuccessful against the Mets 2-1 the last time Fernandez pitched. He went 6.0 innings, allowing zero runs, striking out six and walking four. Giancarlo Stanton (.244, 52 Rs, 25 HRs, 70 RBIs) has been doing well offensively for the Marlins, going 3 for 5 yesterday with one run, one home run, and three RBIs.
Miami has won 50% (30-30) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Cleveland has won 53% (28-25) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Marlins managed to give up eight walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Indians who are heading in with a 5-0 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Marlins are 56-17. The Indians have a 60-7 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 23rd, Miami sits near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 556 this season. Cleveland ranks in the top five with 652.
Ranking 20th, Miami is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.730). Cleveland ranks in the top 10 at sixth with an OPS of .769.
The Marlins are 30-41 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Indians are 48-48 when they allow at least one homer.