Saturday, April 11, 2015

Marlins, Rays face off in Game 2 of Citrus Series

The Rays and Marlins will play the second game of a three-game series on Saturday afternoon at Marlins Park.
The game will feature a quality pitching matchup between Rays right-hander Chris Archer and right-hander Jarred Cosart of the Marlins.
While the Marlins have not hit their offensive stride just yet, they are healthy and have the players in place to put up big numbers. At the other end of the spectrum are the Rays, a team fighting to remain afloat while not having their best team.
Currently the Rays' 25-man roster has 10 players who are making/have made their Rays debut in 2015 and seven rookies.
Saturday will see a team on the brink of finding itself pitted against a team in survival mode.
Things to know about this game
• Archer will be making his second start of the season after taking the loss in Monday afternoon's Opening Day assignment against the Orioles. He allowed two home runs and committed a critical throwing error during the game, but threw the ball well. He's not planning on making any changes Saturday afternoon.
"If I go out there and command the strike zone like I did and get ahead of hitters and have the same stuff, I'm going to have a very, very successful season," Archer said. "...When you're that efficient with your pitches and you have that kind of stuff, usually the outcome's not going to be like that."
Archer is winless in six career Interleague starts, compiling an 0-4 mark despite a 3.12 ERA.
Given the nature of Archer's throwing error against the Orioles, it should be interesting to see if the Marlins exploit his ability to field and throw the ball.
• If not for a blister, Cosart likely would have been Miami's No. 2 starter. But the blister to his right middle finger set him back a bit late in Spring Training. In preparation for this outing, Cosart threw a 90-pitch simulated game on Monday against Miami's low-Class A Greensboro team in Jupiter, Fla. Cosart was 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA against the Rays last year. Both those wins came when he was with Houston.
• Dee Gordon has hit safely in each of the first four games. The Marlins second baseman singled to center off Steve Geltz in the first inning on Friday. He had a single in each game against the Braves.

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