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  W: N. Wittgren (1-0)   L: B. Finnegan (0-3)   S: B. Ziegler (4)
1:10 PM PT2:10 PM MT3:10 PM CT4:10 PM ET16:10 ET20:10 GMT4:10 1:10 PM MST3:10 PM EST3:40 PM VEN0:10 UAE (+1)3:10 PM CT, May 6, 2018
Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, Ohio  Attendance: 19,800

Marlins hoping to find lineup stability vs. Reds

According to STATS
According to STATS

Miami Marlins at Cincinnati Reds

  1. The Marlins had their second-best season all-time against the Reds after going 5-2 (.714) against Cincinnati in 2017 (went 9-3 in 1996).
  2. Cincinnati has allowed 30 home runs at home this season, tied for the most through its first 15 home games of a season all-time (1955). Miami has homered at least once in each of its last six games against Cincy (eight total).
  3. Over its last three series, the Marlins have won six games, surpassing their total (5) prior to the stretch. Miami's pitching corps had a 2.44 ERA during that span, after having a 5.54 ERA through the first 21 games.
  4. Cincinnati dropped all three games against Milwaukee in its last series, marking the fifth time the team has been swept this season, tied with the Orioles and the White Sox for the most in MLB. During last season, it wasn't until June 14 that the Reds were swept for the fifth time.
  5. Wei-Yin Chen is coming off a season debut in which he allowed just one earned run in 5.1 innings against the Rockies (April 28). Chen is 3-0 with an ERA of 4.57 in seven career starts against the NL Central, none of which came against the Reds.
  6. Sal Romano is 1-0 with an ERA of 0.93 in two career starts against Miami. In his most recent outing against the Marlins (July 28, 2017), Romano walked six batters, his most in a game in his career.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 5/4/2018 thru 5/6/2018

When they dealt stars Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna and Christian Yelich during the offseason, the Miami Marlins realized they were tearing down their offense as well as their roster.

For the first one month-plus of the season, the effect of shedding so many home runs and so many RBIs was more than apparent. Going into the weekend, the Marlins were the last team in the majors that had not scored 100 runs this season, and they had 15 fewer runs than any other team.

It is why manager Don Mattingly keeps scrambling to find a batting order that can put some runs on the board. And why second baseman Starlin Castro's first homer with the Marlins was so important Saturday in Miami's 6-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds behind starter Caleb Smith and three relievers.

After splitting the first two games of the series, the Marlins and Reds two of the majors? worst-record teams will wrap up their three-game series Sunday at Great American Ball Park as a pair of pitchers who were injured at the start of the season oppose each other.

Marlins right-hander Dan Straily (0-0, 9.00 ERA) will make only his second start of the season as he matches up with Reds left-hander Brandon Finnegan (0-2, 7.24 ERA), who has yet to pitch more than five innings in his four starts.

Castro's two-run homer in the first inning off Reds starter Tyler Mahle was his first in 146 plate appearances and gave Smith an important early lead. The left-hander went on to pitch 5 1/3 scoreless innings as Miami won its seventh in 10 games and Mattingly made out his 28th different lineup in 32 games.

Castro finished with three RBIs.

"You're trying to mix it up enough to find a combination that works, and you can be consistent with," Mattingly said. "It's a little challenge because we're pretty right-handed so it's hard to, like, stack the lineup one way or another. If it's a lefty, it's a little easier."

It will be a lefty Sunday for the Reds in Finnegan, who has surrendered 14 earned runs while walking 12 and giving up five home runs in 17 1/3 innings this season. He didn't figure in the decision despite giving up three runs on five hits, including two homers, in the Reds' 6-5 loss Monday to the Milwaukee Brewers.

"Ninety pitches isn't much but five innings, it is a lot," Reds interim manager Jim Riggleman said of Finnegan, who had a biceps injury at the start of the season. "The word that's used now is `stress innings. It was kind of a stressful 90 pitches. (Pitching coach) Danny Darwin and I felt he was a little gassed. Danny said, 'I think he's had enough."

Straily lasted only four innings himself in his season debut Monday what turned out to be an 8-4 Marlins win over the Philadelphia Phillies as he gave up six hits, including two homers, and four runs. He had been on the disabled list for the first time in his career with a right forearm strain that developed late in spring training.

"Getting out there was a big step, now it's getting to work," Straily said. "It was frankly bad command of the breaking ball, and kind of turning myself into a one-pitch pitcher at times. Then, when I was throwing the slider, it was kind of in the dirt or over the plate."

Straily is 0-2 in two career starts and 10 innings pitched against the Reds. Joey Votto is 3-for-5 (.600) against him while Scooter Gennett is 3-for-13 (.231). Eugenio Suarez is 1-for-2 (.500), Billy Hamilton is 1-for-3 (.333) and Scott Schebler and Adam Duvall are 0-for-3 (.000).

Finnegan has faced the Marlins once, a 6-3 loss on Aug. 15, 2016 in which he gave up seven hits, with two home runs, in 5 1/3 innings. J.T. Realmuto is 0-for-2 (.000) against him.

Updated May 5, 2018

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