The Cleveland Indians will host the Miami Marlins in the two-game interleague series finale Wednesday afternoon from Progressive Field. The Marlins will send 23-year old right-hander Sandy Alcantara to the mound, and the Indians will counter with 25-year old right-hander Jefry Rodriguez. This marks the first series between these two clubs since the 2016 season.
Alcantara Roughed Up in Two Straight Starts
Sandy Alcantara will get the call for the fifth time of the season as he attempts to snap a two-game losing streak. Alcantara was hit hard in his latest effort, serving up five runs in six innings against the Cubs, leading to the loss. The third-year right-hander was solid in his first two starts of the season, followed by two shaky outings, and he holds a 5.09 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP accompanied with a 1-2 record in 23 innings pitched. This will mark his first career meeting against the Indians. Alcantara has yet to allow a home run this season.
— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) April 23, 2019
The Marlins have several players struggling at the plate, however, Miguel Rojas has been an exception. The 30-year old shortstop has collected four hits in his last three games, and he is hitting .294 on the month. Rojas is sporting a .300 average with six RBI’s on the season, and he is 4 for 10 with one RBI in his career against the Indians. The Marlins do not have a player with double-digit RBI’s yet this season.
The weak Marlins lineup is averaging a Major League-low 2.73 runs on the season. The Miami pitching staff owns a 4.68 team ERA, positioning them 19th overall. The Marlins stand at 1-5 on the road this season heading into Tuesday’s action.
Jefry Rodriguez Makes Second Start of Season
The Indians will likely have Jefry Rodriguez on the mound in place of an injured Mike Clevinger. Rodriguez made his lone start of the season on April 13th and he allowed two runs in 5.2 innings in a 3-0 loss. The second-year right-hander struggled with the Nationals in his first taste of the Majors last season, recording a weak 5.71 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP paired with a 3-3 record in 52 innings. Rodriguez squandered seven runs (five earned) in seven innings against the Marlins last season.
It was good to see Francisco do this last night.
— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) April 22, 2019
The Indians are glad to have star shortstop Francisco Lindor back in the lineup. The career .288 hitter clubbed 38 homers with 92 RBI’s last season, and he is 2 for 9 with one home run through three games this season. The Indians have missed their star hitter this season. They are only hitting .215 as a team and they hold a poor .637 team OPS. The Indians own a 6-3 home record on the season.
The Indians are scoring an average of 3.95 runs per game, ranking them 23rd in the Major Leagues. The Cleveland pitching staff owns a terrific 3.69 team ERA, positioning them eighth in the big leagues.
The Miami Marlins are:
- 0-5 in their last 5 games against the Indians heading into Tuesday’s action.
- 13-38 in their last 51 road games.
- 2-6 in Alcantara’s last 8 starts.
The Cleveland Indians are:
- 4-1 in their last 5 home games against the Marlins.
- 5-1 in their last 6 interleague games against a right-handed starter.
- 41-19 in their last 60 games against a team with a winning percentage below .600.