Danny Salazar (11-6, 3.88 ERA) and Tom Koehler (9-10, 4.02 ERA) start in the last of a three-game series between the Cleveland Indians (78-56) and the Miami Marlins (68-68) at Progressive Field. The Indians won the last game 8-3, continuing a five-game winning streak. Action begins at 4:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sep. 4 and can be seen on STOh and FSFL.
Salazar pitched 5.1 innings in his last outing, surrendering two runs, striking out 10 and walking two in a 2-1 defeat to the Rangers. Carlos Santana (.244, 71 Rs, 28 HRs, 68 RBIs, 5 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run and one RBI. Koehler went 5.0 innings, surrendering five runs, striking out six and walking three in a 7-4 defeat to the Mets in his most recent start. Giancarlo Stanton (.244, 52 Rs, 25 HRs, 70 RBIs) has been successful at the plate for the Marlins, going 3 for 5 yesterday with one run, one home run, and three RBIs.
Miami recorded at least two errors for the 14th time this season.
The Indians are coming off of a weak pitching game where they recorded four strikeouts. The Marlins have a record of 5-11 when opponents' pitchers have four strikeouts or less.
It looks like the Indians have a slight leg up on the Marlins, as the Indians have won their last five games while the Marlins have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Marlins are 56-17. The Indians have a 61-7 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 23rd, Miami sits near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 559 this season. Cleveland ranks in the top five with 660.
Ranking 21st, Miami is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.728). Cleveland ranks in the top 10 at sixth with an OPS of .770.
The Marlins are 30-42 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Indians are 48-48 when they allow at least one homer.