Game 1 of 162: Colorado Rockies vs. Miami Marlins

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Game 1 of 162: Colorado Rockies vs. Miami Marlins

It’s here, it’s finally here. The Miami Marlins are set to play a baseball game that really matters. On Thursday, March 28th the Marlins open up a four-game series with the Colorado Rockies. This series has a couple of interesting components to start the season. First, this will be the only time that the Rockies are in Miami. Which means if you haven’t seen them play in person, make sure to get to one of these four games. Second, IT’S OPENING DAY! Let’s get right into this preview.

I’m going to put a blanket statement over this series because it affects every game. Do not let Nolan Arenado beat you. 

Game 1 (1):

Pitching Matchup: Kyle Freeland vs. José Ureña

Game time: 4:10 PM

Location: Marlins Park

This is game one of 162 and the Marlins are in first place. Well, every team is in first place. Looking at Freeland, he finished 2018 with a record of 17-7 and an ERA of 2.85. He finished the season with 173 strikeouts and a WAR of 8.4, which is exceptional for a starting pitcher. As far as Ureña, we know what we know about him. He had an ERA of 3.98 last season, and it seemed like he struggled almost every outing. If the Marlins want to win this game, their best chance is getting Freeland out of it. Freeland is a left-handed pitcher who can run the fastball up to 96 mph. Colorado’s weakness is their bullpen. Get to the bullpen and there is a good chance they can win this game.

The Marlins went on a franchise record 11 game winning streak during spring training. Will this team be able to transition their success in spring training to the regular season? The optimist in me says yes, but I know that isn’t going to happen. However, as I said earlier, the Marlins are in first place as of today. The goal for this team should be to see how long they can stay there.

Prediction

Marlins’ fans are probably going to hate me by the end of the season if they don’t already. I predict that the Rockies will win this game because I think the pitching matchup favors the Rockies. With a lackluster lineup coming from the Marlins dugout, I don’t expect them to beat Freeland and the Rockies today.

 

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