Miami (41-35) at Detroit (38-38)
When: Tuesday, June 28th 2016
Where: Comerica Park, Detroit, MI
Time: 7:10 ET | TV: FSN Florida, FSN Detroit
The Miami Marlins will look to continue to stay in the hunt in the National League East when they visit the Detroit Tigers for a short two-game interleague series beginning Tuesday. The Marlins capped a 7-3 homestand by taking three of four from the major league-best Chicago Cubs. Miami sits six games above .500 and will be seeking to avenge a season-opening two-game sweep by Detroit as it kicks off a nine-game road trip. Giancarlo Stanton continues to emerge from a deep slump, going 13-for-35 with two homers, eight RBIs and nine runs scored in the past nine games. OF Marcell Ozuna, batting .320 on the season, missed the last two games due to a wrist injury. Detroit is wrapping up a nine-game homestand that started off very well, but is ending badly. The Tigers opened the homestand with a four-game sweep of Seattle but were bullied in a three-game series versus Cleveland to fall seven games behind the Indians in the American League Central. They were outscored 22-8 over the weekend to fall to 0-9 against Cleveland on the season. The Tigers’ starting rotation posted a 12.83 ERA in the weekend series and are poised to send Mike Pelfrey and Daniel Morris to the mound against Miami on three days’ rest.
Pitchers: Marlins – Adam Conley (4-4, 3.56 ERA) | Tigers – Mike Pelfrey (1-7, 4.91)
Adam Conley halted a six-start winless streak with one of his best efforts of the season last time out, earning his first victory since May 16th by tossing eight scoreless innings of four-hit ball against Atlanta. It was the seventh time Conley has permitted one run or less, but he’s also been hit for at least four runs on five occasions. Conley, who has never faced Detroit, is 2-1 with a 3.83 ERA in eight road starts.
As we mentioned above, Pelfrey will be pitching on short rest after he was forced to come out of the bullpen Friday night versus Cleveland and threw 4.1 scoreless innings. Pelfrey has been terrible against the Marlins in his career, posting a 1-9 record and 5.40 ERA in 18 starts. Stanton is 9-for-19 with two homers versus Pelfrey while Martin Prado is 10-for-22 with a homer and six doubles.
This Miami team won’t go away and I’m a fan of Adam Conley. I think he’s going to be really good in the coming years. Detroit was just embarrassed over the weekend and I think Miami will get to Pelfrey on short rest.
Pick: Marlins -105