The Miami Marlins and Philadelphia Phillies will face off once again in a weekend series at Marlins Park beginning on Friday.
The Marlins visited the Phillies last weekend and came away with a three-game sweep. Miami put together a four-game winning streak with that sweep, but it has not won since. The Washington Nationals completed a sweep of the Marlins this week, to kick off Miami's current homestand.
Elieser Hernandez will be Miami's starter for Friday's series opener and he will bring a 4.34 E.R.A into the outing. Hernandez helped Miami to a win over Philadelphia last Saturday, but he came away with a no-decision. The right-hander struck out six and allowed three runs in five innings against the Phillies. Hernandez has an 0-2 record this year, but Miami is 2-2 when he pitches.
Jordan Yamamoto's big-league career is off to an exceptional start and his next appearance will be on Saturday. Yamamoto is 3-0 with a 0.95 E.R.A through three starts. The 23-year old has 19 strikeouts in his 19 innings of work and he has only allowed two runs on seven hits. Yamamoto faced the Phillies last weekend and surrendered two runs on two hits in five innings.
Miami's starter for Sunday's series finale will be Trevor Richards. The right-hander has been knocked around in two of his last three starts and is 3-8 overall on the season. Prior to the recent struggles, Richards was one of Miami's more consistent arms. Even with the poor starts factored in, Richards' 3.94 E.R.A is still one of the finer marks on the team.
Miguel Rojas had a big day on Thursday and did all he could to help Miami avoid a sweep. Rojas had three doubles and four hits overall in the loss to Washington. The 30-year old has five multi-hit games in his last ten appearances and a .286 batting average overall in 2019.
Friday's first pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m.