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Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan Attendance: 17,214
Streaking Marlins go for sweep of struggling Tigers
Miami Marlins at Detroit Tigers
- Miami swept the Mets over the weekend after losing seven consecutive games. The Marlins' 10-31 record was the second-worst by a team entering a series sweep in the divisional era (since 1961), behind only the Marlins against the Mets in 2013 (entered with a 13-41 record, minimum three games in the series and 40 games into the season).
- The Tigers' last game versus the Athletics was suspended due to rain and will be resumed in September. Prior to that game, they had lost seven straight at Comerica, getting outscored 65-12. That's their worst run differential in a seven-game home span in franchise history.
- The two teams enter with the fewest runs scored per game in MLB -- the Marlins are 30th with 2.68 runs per game while the Tigers are 29th at 3.31. Both teams average the fewest home runs per game, with the Marlins averaging 0.61 home runs and the Tigers at 0.80.
- Although he is hitting just .209 in the month of May after hitting .294 in April, Jorge Alfaro has gone 5-for-10 with three extra-base hits in his last three games. His 11 games with multiple hits lead the Marlins.
- Detroit's 5.67 bullpen ERA this season is the third worst in MLB. However, Shane Greene has gone 15-for-15 in save opportunities this season, the second-most saves without a blown save in baseball, behind only Kirby Yates (18-for-18).
- Caleb Smith's 0.92 WHIP this season is sixth lowest in baseball (minimum eight starts) and the second-lowest by a Marlin through eight starts of the season in franchise history, behind only Josh Johnson in 2011 (0.90).
- Nats bring back Kendrick on 1-year deal
- Yanks confirm Cole, Strasburg interest
- Twins, RHP Pineda agree to 2 years, $20M
- Brewers replace Grandal with M's Narvaez
- Mets acquire OF Marisnick from Astros
Brian Anderson has unearthed his power stroke in Detroit. The Miami Marlins third baseman will try to do more damage in the series finale against the Tigers on Thursday afternoon.
Anderson entered the series with two homers. He's doubled that total with a homer in the first two games of the series. He also had a double in an 11-inning victory on Tuesday.
His two-run shot in the eighth inning Wednesday solidified a 6-3 victory, stretching the Marlins' winning streak to five games, their longest streak since winning five straight in April 2016.
"I think that's the way baseball is," Anderson told MLB.com. "Sometimes you start off slowly, and come on strong. I think, for me, I just need to keep making adjustments. They're going to be adjusting to me, and I've got to keep making adjustments."
In his first full season in the majors a year ago, Anderson batted .273 with 11 homers and 65 RBIs. He also scored 87 runs in 156 games. He now has four homers and 16 RBIs with a .234 average this season. His other two home runs also came in back-to-back games in April against the Phillies in Miami.
"Water reaches its level," manager Don Mattingly said, according to MLB.com. "He's hit everywhere he's been. Those guys are going to hit."
The Marlins need Anderson to provide thump from the No. 3 slot in the batting order. Neither Anderson nor Starlin Castro are typical middle-of-the-order batters.
"Getting to find some barrels is a good sign for me," Anderson said. "I feel like I'm kind of getting back to where I need to be."
The Tigers are mired in a deep slump. They've lost eight straight, all at Comerica Park. Their offense has generated just 19 runs during the slide.
On Wednesday, they gave up a three-run lead.
"It's just a really rough stretch right now," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Nothing really going too awful well. We'll think back to this day somewhere down the road and say, 'Man, that was brutal. Let's not do that again.'"
Detroit ace left-hander Matthew Boyd (4-4, 3.41 ERA), Thursday's scheduled starter, has lost his past two starts. In his most recent outing on Saturday, he gave up four runs on seven hits in 6 1/3 innings against Oakland. Boyd struck out eight in that game but also gave up two home runs in the 4-1 loss.
The Tigers have scored a combined three runs in Boyd's four losses this season.
"You never know what run is going to win or lose a game," Boyd said. "If it's 1-0, keep it 1-0. If it's 2-0, keep it there. You just keep going with that. You can't put too much thought into what's going on with the offense. Just put up zeroes as often as you can and keep going forward attacking."
Boyd will be pitching against Miami for the first time.
The Marlins will counter with right-hander Trevor Richards (1-5, 4.44 ERA), who recorded his first victory of the season on Friday in his ninth start. He held the New York Mets to three runs on six hits in 6 1/3 innings, matching his longest start of the season.
Richards will be facing Detroit for the first time in his two-year career.
--Field Level Media
Updated May 23, 2019