2:10 PM ET, August 14, 2013
Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
Miami: Turner (3-4, 2.95 ERA)
Kansas City: Santana (8-6, 3.25 ERA)
The Miami Marlins has been outstanding in regards to their pitching staff in their victories this month, but it has also been disappointing in the losses.
Marlins’ starter Jacob Turner’s struggles on the road may mean the club is headed for more defeats.
After Miami got another win via shutout, the 22 year-old looks for the first road victory of his career in the finale of a three-game series versus the Kansas City Royals this evening.
The Marlins (45-73) currently own the worst record in the NL and is 4-8 this month. However, the pitchers have made YouWager line mover wonder.
The staff has pitched shutouts in each of those four wins, including Tuesday’s 1-0, 10-inning victory versus the Royals (62-55). Opposing batters have hit .129 in those victories compared to .292 in the eight losses while Miami has posted a 5.05 ERA.
Another dominant showing could make Miami the first team to post shutouts in five straight victories since the Los Angeles Dodgers did it June 27-July 9, 2011.
Starting withTurner (3-4, 2.95 ERA) in Kansas City may not inspire much confidence since the right-hander’s 0-7 in 11 career road starts. He does have a respectable 3.71 ERA in those MLB games but hasn’t been very good in losing the last four, giving up 13 runs and 23 hits in 22 innings.
The Missouri native matched his career high by giving up three homersversus the Atlanta Braves, allowing all of their runs and walking three in a 5-0 defeats.
Kansas City is looking to make it offensively after being limited to four singles. The Royals were batting .293 and averaging 5.0 runs while winning 17 of the previous 20 games.
Alcides Escobar had two hits for the second straight baseball game to give him a .447 average in the past 10. Billy Butler singled and has a .464 average over his last seven.
Ervin Santana (8-6, 3.25) will counter Turner. Kansas City has won each of Santana’s last five starts. The right-hander earned the win in three of them, but he’s coming off his worst performance of the stretch.
The native of Dominican Republic surrendered six runs and nine hits while hitting two batters in 3 2/3 innings of a 9-6 home victory versus the Boston Red Sox on Friday. He had a 1.27 ERA over his previous four outings.
Santana has lost both of his career starts when facing Miami, with the most recent coming June 21, 2011, with the Los Angeles Angels.