The Miami Marlins will begin a long road trip when they take on the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday.
The game against Milwaukee is the first of ten straight for Miami on the road. The Marlins will not have a day off until the All-Star break. With the home schedule on hold, Marlins Park is being prepared for all of the All-Star festivities.
With the trade deadline coming next month, Miami is going to need a big road trip. The Marlins are far back in the standings and decisions could start being made over the All-Star break. At this point, it would appear the Marlins will likely not add big-league talent. The team is more likely to go into a selling mode and trade a few major league players during July.
In order to change that selling mindset, the Marlins could use a series win over the Brewers. Edinson Volquez will try and get that process underway, when he takes the ball on Friday. Volquez is 4-8 on the season, but is 4-1 in his last five decisions. The veteran is coming off a decent start against the Chicago Cubs and has a 4.15 E.R.A in 2017.
The Marlins have not announced a starter for Saturday's game, but all signs point to Tom Koehler being on the mound. Koehler has pitched well in AAA and had his start skipped recently. Koehler struggled mightily in the big leagues earlier this season, but he also was working with an injury during some of that time. The right-hander has been an asset in the past and the Marlins could use a lift in the rotation.
Sunday's series finale will feature Dan Straily on the mound for Miami. In his last three starts, Straily has allowed three runs in 17.1 innings pitched. The Marlins are also 3-0 in those games, even though Straily himself has only one victory in the stretch. With a 3.44 E.R.A, Straily has been Miami's ace at times in 2017 and the team will need him to continue that on Sunday.
Friday's game will begin at 8:10 p.m.