After it appeared the Marlins might break the 1962 Mets’ all-time record for most losses in a single season, Miami fired off an unlikely five-game winning streak to bring their record to cringe-worthy 15-31 for the season. The Marlins are still 12-games back of the Philadelphia Phillies in the National League East race, but they are gunning for their second consecutive series sweep. Can the Marlins take down the Tigers for the third straight game on Thursday?
Richards actually lucky despite 1-5 record
The Marlins riled off six unanswered runs to beat the Tigers 6-3 in Game 2 on Wednesday. While Miami’s offense has finally come alive as of late, the team credits two shutout losses versus the Rays for reinforcing their best offensive habits and lately the recipe for success has been pouncing on fastballs early in counts.
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It took Marlins’ right-hander Trevor Richards nine starts to get his first win of the season, but the 26-year-old finally got the monkey off of his back in his last start versus the New York Mets. Richards turned in his fifth quality start of the season last time out, giving up three runs in 6 ⅓ innings in an 8-6 Marlins’ win. The victory snapped a personal five-game losing streak for the Marlins’ right-hander, but it’s been hard to call him unlucky despite his 1-5 overall record. Richards has benefited from a .244 BABIP and his 5.56 xFIP is significantly higher than his current 4.44 ERA. Richard is walking 4.81 batters per nine and allowing 1.66 home runs per nine innings of work, which has contributed to his woes so far this year. This will be his first interleague start of the season and first career outing against the Tigers.
Boyd racking up quality starts for Tigers
It doesn’t get much worse than losing to the Triple-A-worthy Marlins in back-to-back games, so it is safe to say that Detroit has been mired in some kind of slump as of late. The Tigers enter having lost eight straight games and they’ve scored three runs or less in five of their last six contests. After a promising start to the season for the team’s pitching staff, Tigers’ pitchers have compiled a 6.50 ERA in 169 innings during the month of May, while allowing opponents to hit a healthy .297 at the dish.
Former @Marlins Miguel Cabrera reminisces on winning his first World Series at just 20-years old. 😱🙌
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The Tigers are scheduled to turn to lefty Matt Boyd in hopes of reversing their fortunes on Thursday. Boyd comes in with a respectable 4-4 record and a 3.41 ERA through 10 starts this season and eight of his last nine starts have been of the quality variety. Boyd has routinely worked into the sixth inning or later for the Tigers, but run support has been a problem for him at times. In all four of his losses, Detroit has scored one run or fewer. Not only has Boyd been Detroit’s most consistent starter, but he’s also flashed steady signs of improvement in 2019, upping his strikeout rate to a career-high 19.83 batters per nine, while walking a career-low 1.93 batters per nine and sporting a healthy FIP of just 3.02. This will be Boyd’s first career start versus the Marlins.
- Tigers are 6-1 in Boyd’s last 7 home starts vs. a team with a losing record.
- Tigers are 5-1 in Boyd’s last 6 Thursday starts.
- Tigers are 14-5 in Boyd’s last 19 home starts.
- Marlins are 6-15 in their last 21 vs. American League Central.
- Marlins are 11-40 in their last 51 road games.
- Marlins are 3-12 in their last 15 interleague road games vs. a left-handed starter.