Jose Ureña has been good news for an affected rotation of the Marlins. The Dominican right has had solid performances in four of his five starts, to become one of the team’s most reliable pitchers.
Ureña, who will face the Diamondbacks on Friday, had dropped his effectiveness for less than 2.00 before a five-run appearance in Oakland, allowing six runs and four hits, including two homers. He resumed his form in his last time, throwing five stretches of three hits (one homer), two runs and six strikeouts against the Angels.
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Ureña will be measuring Arizona left-hander Patrick Corbin, who flips the calendar page in hopes of regaining his April form when he left 2.29 EFEC. May was not as productive for him, and one of the reasons was the contact he allowed in the strikes zone.
The veteran left-hander allowed more “barrels” (7.0 to 10.7%) and “productive bats” (38.4 to 46.7%) – all three types of batting favored batters – with the balls they put him in Game in the strikes zone.
What you need to know about this game:
• This will be Corbin’s fifth opening against Miami. He has 1-0 with 4.26 EFEC for life against the Marlins. That victory was in 2012, when he pitched 5.2 innings, allowing eight hits and three runs. He struck out six and gave three tickets.
• Ureña faced the D-backs only once in his career, coming from the bullpen last year. He threw an entrance, pitched three and allowed a hit.
• Marcell Ozuna (8-2) and Giancarlo Stanton (11-3) each have a homer to Corbin.