The good news for the Marlins? They blanked the Blue Jays 9-0 on Sunday. With that, they snapped a six-game losing skid and scored more than five runs for the first time since May 25—a stretch of 26 games. The bad news for the Marlins? They’re still just 3-15 in their last 18 games (including 2-10 at home), and now they’re facing a team they’ve lost to six straight times (including the last five in a row in South Beach). The worst news? Miami is stubbornly giving the ball to Ricky Nolasco tonight. Nolasco is 6-6 with a 5.16 ERA this season, and in his last eight trips to the mound, he’s given up 47 runs (46 earned) in 44 innings (9.41 ERA), with the Marlins going 2-6. In his last start, Nolasco got torched for nine runs in 3 1/3 innings in Boston, losing 15-5. And his last three starts against the Cardinals, the right-hander is 0-3 with an 8.47 ERA, allowing 16 runs and 30 hits in 17 innings as Florida got outscored 19-7.
On the other hand, St. Louis right-hander Jake Westbrook has faced Miami four times in his career and delivered four quality starts, posting a 2.96 ERA. And his last three outings, Westbrook has been fantastic, going 2-1 with a 2.57 ERA, including a 3-1 complete-game victory over the Tigers on Wednesday.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆
Tuesday’s Result: A’s -115 vs. Giants (Loss)