Marlins Open 3 Game Series Against Indians In Cleveland

Follow CBSMIAMI.COM: Facebook | Twitter

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Miami Marlins picked a bad time to endure their worst losing streak of the season and watched their postseason hopes take a blow.

The Marlins now are off the deck and looking to string together consecutive victories when they visit the Cleveland Indians on Friday for the opener of a three-game interleague series.

The Marlins scored just eight runs during a five-game losing streak but broke the skid with a 6-4 victory over the New York Mets on Thursday as Christian Yelich went 3-for-4 with a homer and four RBIs.

Miami sits three games behind St. Louis for the NL’s second wild card, but it also trails New York and Pittsburgh in the standings.

Cleveland began a 10-game homestand with three straight victories over Minnesota after enduring a stretch during which it lost five of six games. The Indians are a torrid 42-23 at home and hold a 4 1/2-game lead over second-place Detroit in the American League Central.

PITCHING MATCHUP: Marlins Andrew Cashner (4-10, 4.73 ERA) vs. Indians Carlos Carrasco (9-7, 3.23)

Cashner missed his last start against his former San Diego teammates due to a finger blister. He has struggled with the Marlins since being acquired, going 0-3 with a 4.61 ERA in six appearances (five starts). Cashner, who never has faced the Indians, owns a shabby 10-26 record since the start of the 2015 season.

Carrasco has dropped four of his last six decisions, including a loss to Texas in his last outing as he gave up seven runs – three earned – and eight hits in four innings. The rough outing came after he was terrific against Oakland, allowing four hits over eight scoreless frames. Carrasco is 3-3 with a 4.76 ERA in 10 home starts this season.

WALK-OFFS

1. The Indians officially added OF Coco Crisp to the roster on Thursday, one day after he was acquired from Oakland for LHP Colt Hynes.

2. Marlins All-Star CF Marcell Ozuna (wrist) likely will miss his second straight game but is expected to return to action during the series.

3. Cleveland C Yan Gomes (shoulder) will begin a rehab stint at Double-A Akron on Friday but serve as the designated hitter as he isn’t yet physically ready to catch.

PREDICTION: Marlins 5, Indians 3

By SportsDirect Inc.

Comments

One Comment

  1. Beverly Tauber says:

    Marlins must get hot facing a very good Indians Team need to get a winning streak.

    I love the Marlins & originally from Cleveland, OH.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More From CBS Miami

Weather Forecast 24/7
Check Your Pro Football Challenge Results

Listen Live