MIAMI (CBSMiami) — The Miami Marlins have been downright dominant at Marlins Park this season, boasting the best home record in Major League Baseball (19-6). They’ll look to continue that trend this weekend as they welcome the National League Central leading Milwaukee Brewers to South Florida. Miami has lost only two of its last fifteen games at home, winning all but one of the eight series’ they’ve hosted at Marlins Park.
The Brewers come to Miami in a bit of disarray, losing five of their last six games thanks in large part to a struggling offense. In the month of May Milwaukee has gone 8-12 while batting just .233 as a team which is a far cry from the great start the Brewers got off to this season.
Miami will send Tom Koehler to the mound who has yet to lose a game at home this season. He has a 3-0 record with a microscopic 0.64 ERA in the four games he’s started at Marlins Park. Koehler is coming off of his best road start of the season, pitching seven shutout innings in San Francisco on Saturday to help the Marlins to a 5-0 win over the Giants.
The Brewers will counter with Marco Estrada, owner of a 3-2 record and a 3.64 ERA on the season. Estrada’s last start left something to be desired, giving up four runs in five innings at Wrigley Field including five doubles and two home runs en route to a 4-2 loss to the Cubs. The loss was Estrada’s first since April 15th.
The Marlins are looking to improve on the last time they played against Milwaukee. Miami traveled up to Miller Park following last season’s All-Star Break and the results were not pretty. The Marlins were swept by the Brewers, failing to score a single run during the entire three-game series.
The Marlins made a couple roster moves following Thursday’s win over Philadelphia, calling up relief pitcher Chris Hatcher and transferring second baseman Rafael Furcal to the 60-day disabled list. Hatcher has done a good job for the Marlins Triple A team in New Orleans, returning to Miami with a 1-2 record, including five saves and a 2.01 ERA in 22 1/3 innings of work.
Furcal has been rehabbing in Jupiter from a strained hamstring and groin injury but still has a lot of work to do before he can begin playing in minor league games. The move to the 60-day DL was retroactive to March 21st. The Marlins are hopeful that Furcal, the guy they spent $3.5 million on to play second base this season will be ready to join the team sometime around the all star break.