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What’s up with the Marlins? The Marlins (62-62) have won their last two games and seven of 10. They have beaten the Rangers just twice in the last nine meetings in Miami. The Marlins are a solid team in one-run games with a 31-18 mark, best in the big leagues and 10-2 in such contests since the All-Star break. Former Ranger Jarrod Saltalamacchia has reached base in 20 of the last 23 games. Giancarlo Stanton has 14 homers that have tied or given the Marlins the lead this season. Casey McGehee has 60 RBIs and 45 runs scored and Marcell Ozuna produced 16 home runs and 62 RBIs.
What’s up with the Rangers? They finished their homestand 2-5 with both victories coming by walk-offs courtesy of Adam Rosales. The Rangers are 6-9 against the NL this season. Alex Rios is hitting .284 on the season but still has just four home runs. Elvis Andrus is hitting .272 on the season but his OBP is just .322, the lowest in a career averaging .337. Adrian Beltre is 4-for-6 with two home runs against Tuesday’s starter Jarred Cosart. Shin-Soo Choo is 1-for-6 with five strikeouts against him.
Martin is on a tear: Center fielder Leonys Martin is 10-for-21 in the last six games and hit .417 in the just completed homestand. The Rangers wanted him to be selective early in the count and he’s done that. Now he just has to convince manager Ron Washington to let him start against left-handed pitchers. Martin is hitting just .198 against them. He won't face one in South Beach.
The matchups: Tuesday: RHP Miles Mikolas (1-5, 7.71 ERA) vs. RHP Jarred Cosart (1-1, 2.92 with Miami, 10-8, 4.27 overall). Wednesday: RHP Nick Martinez (2-9, 5.27) vs. RHP Nathan Eovaldi (6-7, 3.96). Mikolas and Martinez have South Florida ties each being from the area.