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Series preview: Cleveland Indians vs. Miami Marlins

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Welcome to an American League park, Miami, you can field a complete team on offense now.

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Whether it's their start player who is still owed a ton of money over the next 47 years or a throw-in player they dealt for at the trade deadline, the Miami Marlins have been extremely unlucky with injuries this season. Even with their misfortunes, they still sit firmly in the Wild Card race, 3.0 games back of the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Marlins in a spot very familiar to the Cleveland Indians, chasing the postseason with the math required for a playoff run getting more complicated every day. This year, however, it is the Indians who are in charge. They sit with a 4.5-game lead over the second-place Detroit Tigers and are a full 7.5 games in front of the surging Kansas City Royals.

Weather shouldn't be an issue for the series with sunny skies expected through Sunday with temperatures in the mid- to high-70s.

Pitching matchups

  • Friday, 7:10 p.m. ET: Carlos Carrasco (RHP) vs. Andrew Cashner (RHP)
  • Saturday, 7:10 p.m. ET: Trevor Bauer (RHP) vs. Jose Fernandez (RHP)
  • Sunday, 4:10 p.m. ET: Danny Salazar (RHP) vs. Tom Koehler (RHP)

Upcoming schedule

The Indians will wrap up this series on Sunday then host the Houston Astros for a four-game set before hitting the road again to face the Minnesota Twins and the Chicago White Sox.

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Team in a box

Miami Marlins

Offense

AL Rank

Pitching

AL Rank

Record

67-66

R/G

4,12

12th

ERA

4.24

8th

NL East

3rd

OBP

.327

6th

HR/9

1.34

12th

Last 10

3-7

SLG

.401

10th

BB/9

2.61

1st

Streak

L1

Steals

48

12th

SO/9

8.89

1st

Miami Marlins roster