When and where: July 24, 2019, Guaranteed Rate Field, Chicago, IL, 8:10 PM ET
The struggling Miami Marlins are desperate for a defensive turnaround on Wednesday when they close out their ensuing three-game series with the Chicago White Sox. After losing back-to-back games by an 18-2 point differential, the Marlins could use a defensive pick-me-up performance in the finale. They’ll put their faith in starting pitcher Zac Gallen, who is slated to take the mound opposite of Chicago’s Reynaldo Lopez.
Marlins projected to be the third-worst team
The Marlins haven’t given much hope for a turnaround in the second half of the season. If their recent performances are any indication of the future, they’ll probably finish with a worse record than they did last season (63-98). They’re already projected to finish with the third-worst record in baseball behind the Detroit Tigers and Baltimore Orioles.
That would mean they’d repeat as the worst team in the National League.
The pitching struggles remain the crux of their issues of at least being competitive. It’s no secret their offensive firepower is in the toilet right now. However, they have been able to keep many games remarkably close due to the exceptional play of their young pitching rotation. With the rotation now struggling, the Marlins are sinking like a brick in the middle of the ocean.
Gallen hopes to serve as a life vest for the team in Wednesday’s meeting with the White Sox. The 23-year-old righty is throwing a 3.63 ERA with a 0-2 record. He has only appeared in five games this season with a total of 22.1 innings spent on the mound. His recent performance against the Dodgers turned heads, even though the Marlins ended up losing. He managed to hold one of the best offensive teams in baseball to three hits and one earned run in five-plus innings.
White Sox’s defense holding strong
We can easily talk about how well the White Sox have been at the plate when exploring their recent resurgence. They dropped nine runs in the series-opening game against the Tampa Bay Rays in their previous series before dropping another nine runs in Monday’s opener against the Marlins. That is no easy feat by any stretch.
However, what seems to get lost is the fact that they’ve held the Rays and Marlins to no more than four runs in their last four games. It has been a noticeable improvement for a team that still sits in the bottom-half of the league statistically in run-scoring defense. Their ability to maintain the quality defensive play will mean the difference between a graceful exit and another disappointing season.
Lopez hopes to contribute to the first option when he steps on the mound against the Marlins on Wednesday. The young right-handed pitcher is coming off a monumental win over the Rays, which followed his shutout performance against the Oakland Athletics. He held the Rays to six hits and two runs, while accumulating eight strikeouts over the course of seven innings.
- Marlins are 0-4 in their last 4 games on grass.
- Marlins are 0-4 in their last 4 Wednesday games.
- Marlins are 0-4 in Gallen’s last 4 starts.
- Marlins are 0-4 in Gallen’s last 4 starts on grass.
- White Sox are 4-0 in Lopezs last 4 starts with 4 days of rest.
- White Sox are 6-2 in their last 8 home games against a team with a road winning % of less than .400.
- White Sox are 5-2 in their last 7 home games.
- White Sox are 9-4 in their last 13 home games against a right-handed starter.