The Miami Marlins and Tampa Bay Rays are set to face off for a two-game series at Tropicana Field starting today, July 25. The Marlins are currently in fourth place in the National League East, while the Rays are in first place in the American League East.
The Marlins are coming off a series win against the Pittsburgh Pirates, while the Rays are coming off a series loss to the Boston Red Sox. The Marlins are led by rookie sensation Jazz Chisholm Jr., who is hitting .293 with 18 home runs and 57 RBIs. The Rays are led by Wander Franco, who is hitting .315 with 10 home runs and 43 RBIs.
The pitching matchup for tonight’s game is Shane McClanahan (9-3, 1.81 ERA) for the Rays against Jesus Luzardo (3-3, 3.34 ERA) for the Marlins. McClanahan is one of the best pitchers in baseball this season, and he will be looking to continue his dominance against the Marlins. Luzardo is coming off a strong start against the Cincinnati Reds, and he will be looking to build on that performance against the Rays.
The series is expected to be close, as both teams are evenly matched. The Marlins will need to get their bats going against the Rays’ pitching staff, while the Rays will need to find a way to get to the Marlins’ young pitching. The series should be a lot of fun to watch, and it could have a big impact on both teams’ playoff hopes.
Here are the other two games in the series:
- Wednesday, July 26: Drew Rasmussen (5-3, 3.38 ERA) for the Rays vs. TBA for the Marlins
- Thursday, July 27: TBA for the Rays vs. TBA for the Marlins