The Arizona Diamondbacks and Miami Marlins will conclude a three-game series when they meet one more time at Chase Field in Arizona on Wednesday afternoon.
Closing in on 100
The Marlins have lost nine of their last 11 contests and are two defeats away from the dubious achievement of losing 100 games for the third time in franchise history. Neil Walker belted a pinch-hit, two-run homer in the series opener–just his second blast since June 29. Outfielder Lewis Brunson went 2-for-4 on Monday after going 5-for-34 over his previous 12 contests.
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— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) September 17, 2019
Right-hander Sandy Alcantara (5-13, 3.93) takes the mound for Miami on Wednesday. It is a testament to how bad the Marlins are that Alcantara is sporting a solid 3.93 ERA and is still saddled with a horrendous 5-13 record. More of the same has continued of late, as the 24-year-old compiled a 3.03 ERA in August and so far a 1.96 ERA in September and during this stretch he is just 1-3 to show for his efforts. Alcantara most recently faced San Francisco last Friday, and it appropriately resulted in a 1-0 loss. He worked 7.0 innings of one-run baseball, scattering nine hits and no walks while striking out seven batters.
Lamb not chopped liver
The Diamondbacks remain alive in the National League wild-card race, but they need to string together some victories in a hurry. Their 7-5 win over Miami in the series opener, after all, was just their second in nine games. Arizona’s struggles have come at a bad time, as the club has fallen 5.5 games behind the Cubs for the NL’s second wild card with just 11 games remaining. Jake Lamb delivered a decisive three-run double in the seventh inning on Monday as part of his season-best four-RBI performance.
“It’s no secret how I’ve been playing,” Lamb noted, referencing a slump. “But I feel like I’ve done a pretty good job of coming to the yard every day, trying to get better and I just work, work, work. It’s nice to come through in that situation. I’ve always loved hitting in those situations.”
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Mike Leake (11-11, 4.59 ERA) will oppose Alcantara on Wednesday. The right-hander struggled in his first four starts with Arizona after being acquired from Seattle at the trade deadline, but he has since gotten it together. Leake has lowered his ERA with his new team from 8.02 to 4.75 over his four most recent outings. He is showcasing a 3.86 ERA through three September starts. Leake most recently went up against Cincinnati last Friday, allowing two runs on five hits and one walk while recording five strikeouts in 6.0 innings of 4-3 loss by the Diamondbacks.
The Miami Marlins are:
- 16-40 in their last 56 overall
- 28-75 in their last 103 road games
- 17-37 in their last 54 games against teams with winning records
The Arizona Diamondbacks are:
- 11-4 in their last 15 home games
- 5-2 in their last seven home games against right-handed starters
- 42-18 in their last 60 games against teams with winning percentages under .400