Monday, April 6, 2015

Young Wood opens campaign against Latos, Marlins

Mat Latos will get a taste of his new environment when the Marlins send him to the mound to start Tuesday night's game against the Braves at Marlins Park.
Miami bolstered its rotation this winter with the acquisition of Latos, who notched consecutive 14-win seasons in Cincinnati before missing the first half of last season with a knee injury.
Atlanta will counter with Alex Wood, who has developed into one of baseball's top young starting pitchers since making his Major League debut less than a year after he was selected in the second round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft.
Three things to know about this game:
1. Though the Marlins are set to start three right-handed pitchers in this series, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez will likely put right-handed-hitting third baseman Chris Johnson and left fielder Jonny Gomes in the starting lineup for at least one game. Latos actually proved slightly more effective against left-handed batters last year, limiting them to a .270 on-base percentage. Right-handers produced a .310 OBP against him.
2. Wood has produced a 2.84 ERA through the first 35 starts of his career. Clayton Kershaw and Chris Sale are the only other left-handers who have produced a better ERA while totaling at least 35 starts since the start of the 2013 season.
3. Giancarlo Stanton is currently tied with Dan Uggla for the most home runs in Marlins franchise history. Stanton has recorded two hits, including a homer, in 16 career at-bats against Wood.

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