Hot-hitting Luis Arraez will be looking to extend his 11-game hitting streak as the Miami Marlins (17-19) face off against the Arizona Diamondbacks (20-15) at Chase Field on Tuesday. The Diamondbacks took Monday’s series opener 5-2, their second head-to-head victory in four games this season.
Starter Zac Gallen got the win, giving up one run on five hits over seven innings and striking out seven. Christian Walker’s on-base streak reached 10 as he went 2 for 4 with a home run and a double in the win.
He had two RBIs. Gabriel Moreno went 3 for 4 with a double and one RBI. Jesus Sanchez was 2 for 3 with two doubles and one RBI for the Marlins. Garrett Hampson added a double and one RBI.
ON THE MOUND
Jesus Luzardo (2-2, 3.66 ERA) is in line to get the start for Miami. The southpaw allowed four runs (three earned) over 5.2 innings in his last start, a 6-3 road defeat against the Braves on Thursday. He took the loss, scattering seven hits while striking out five and walking three.
Luzardo is making his first appearance against the Diamondbacks this season. Luzardo made one start against the Diamondbacks in 2022, a 9-3 road loss on May 10. He surrendered four runs on two hits over 2.2 innings, striking out six and walking four.
Right-hander Brandon Pfaadt (0-0, 13.50 ERA) will toe the rubber for Arizona. It’s his first appearance of the season against the Marlins. In his last start on Wednesday, Pfaadt took a no-decision on the road against the Rangers. He threw 4.2 innings and gave up seven runs on nine hits, striking out three and walking one in the 12-7 win.
AT THE PLATE
Over the last five games, Miami has averaged 2.6 runs a game, a small drop compared to their season average of 3.3. Against right-handed pitchers like Pfaadt this season, the Fish have a .645 OPS, fourth lowest in MLB.
Arraez is the team’s most potent producer against right-handers with a 1.042 OPS in 87 at-bats. Arizona is averaging 7.2 runs per game in the last five, up from 5.3 for the season, with an improved slash line (.314/.406/.566). The D-backs have a .745 OPS against lefties in 2023. With a .429 OBP over 42 at-bats, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. has their highest on-base percentage against left-handers.
HOME AND AWAY
Miami is 7-10 away from loanDepot park in 2023, scoring 3.6 runs per game while allowing 5.4 runs. Arizona has gone 11-7 at their home park this season, averaging 5.5 runs per game while surrendering 4.4. Arizona is 6-4 in the last 10 games between the teams at Chase Field with an average scoreline of 5.1-4.8.
The Marlins are third in the NL East, seven games behind the division-leading Braves. The Diamondbacks are second in the NL West, zero games behind the Dodgers.
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