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Marlins bring sputtering offense into Cleveland
Miami Marlins at Cleveland Indians
- Pablo Lopez has allowed one earned run in 6.0 innings of work in each of his two career interleague starts. Carlos Carrasco struck out 11 over 7.1 innings in his only career start against Miami. Carrasco has a career 2.92 ERA in interleague games.
- Miami won two of three over Washington in its last series, but went scoreless in its last game. This was the Marlins' sixth time being shutout this season, most in MLB (MLB average is 1.4 shutouts per team).
- Cleveland most recently lost two of three to Atlanta, allowing a season-high 11 runs last time out. The Indians' bullpen allowed 18 hits and nine earned runs over 11.1 innings in the series with the Braves.
- Jason Kipnis has three multi-hit games in five games played this season. He holds a career .283/.366/.425 slash line against NL teams compared to a .261/.333/.416 line against the American League.
- Brian Anderson carries a team-high five-game hitting streak into this series. Anderson is hitting .361 (13-for-36) in his last 10 games, and five of his six extra-base hits this season have come in that stretch.
- Francisco Lindor, who tied Mookie Betts for the MLB lead in runs scored last season (129), has come across to score in each of his two games played this season. He is 2-for-3 on counts beginning 1-0 this season, and 0-for-6 when the count begins 0-1.
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The Cleveland Indians hope their day off Monday gave their tired arms time to recover before the Miami Marlins arrive for a two-game interleague series starting Tuesday.
With the bullpen imploding and the starting pitching struggling, the Indians were outscored 19-5 by the Atlanta Braves over the final 14 innings of their weekend series. Cleveland blew a seven-run lead in a demoralizing 8-7 setback Saturday and fell behind 11-0 in an 11-5 defeat on Sunday.
The Indians turn to veteran right-hander Carlos Carrasco (2-2, 7.41 ERA) on Tuesday. After a couple of rough starts, he struck out 12 and scattered three hits over seven shutout innings in a 1-0 win at Seattle in his last appearance on Wednesday.
"I felt way different. My mechanics were there. I got my tempo back," Carrasco said.
Carrasco dominated the Marlins in his only previous career start against them, allowing six hits while striking out 11 in 7 1/3 scoreless innings on Sept. 2, 2016.
Being shut out is nothing new for Miami, which was blanked for the third time in five games and sixth this season in Sunday's 5-0 loss against Washington.
Outfielder Lewis Brinson is one of the many struggling Marlins hitters, stuck in a 1-for-27 stretch with 16 strikeouts in his last 11 games.
"Just trying to have a better approach, to get in a better spot to hit and recognize pitches," the 24-year-old Brinson said. "I'm trying to get in a better position. I was there at the beginning of the season, and once the season started, I kind of got away from that. Refining it and trying to get back to where I was."
While Don Mattingly has often expressed letting Brinson find his way, the Miami manager admitted that the sputtering team has to keep its options open.
"Last year, we were really patient," Mattingly said. "To the point that we wanted to let him get that experience. We also talked about -- it probably wouldn't be that same amount this year.
"You're always looking at your roster, what makes us better right now, what's the best for the guys. You're always looking to make your club a little bit better."
Outfielder Curtis Granderson isn't singing a much better tune after going 4-for-37 in his last 11 games, although he is 6-for-14 with two homers and four RBIs in his career against Carrasco.
Miami right-hander Pablo Lopez (1-3, 5.85) has followed a win in his season-opening start with three straight losses, although he allowed just two runs on five hits in five innings of a 4-0 defeat to the Chicago Cubs last week.
Lopez will be making his 15th career start overall and first against Cleveland on Tuesday, although the 23-year-old Venezuelan has faced Carlos Santana (1-for-2) and Jake Bauers (0-for-3, two strikeouts).
--Field Level Media
Updated April 22, 2019
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Published: 2015-05-28 13:51:00
Updated: 2016-07-13 10:41:59
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