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Cincinnati0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 042
Miami0 0 4 0 2 0 0 0 x 6140
  W: T. Richards (4-9)   L: M. Lorenzen (3-2)
10:10 AM PT11:10 AM MT12:10 PM CT1:10 PM ET13:10 ET17:10 GMT1:10 10:10 AM MST12:10 PM EST12:40 PM VEN21:10 UAE12:10 PM CT, September 23, 2018
Marlins Park, Miami, Florida  Attendance: 13,595

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Cincinnati Reds at Miami Marlins

  1. Miami won two of three against Cincinnati in early-May, pitching to a 3.12 ERA and .211 opponent batting average in the series. Both of those marks are the Marlins' best against any opponent this season.
  2. Cincinnati has been held scoreless three times in its last five games, and has been held to three runs or fewer in eight straight games, the longest active streak in MLB. They have 11 runs in total over that span; every other NL team has at least double that run total (Dodgers lead with 54 runs).
  3. In September, J.T. Realmuto and Peter O'Brien have combined to slash .271/.381/.629 with seven home runs and a .333 batting average w/ RISP. The rest of the Marlins roster is slashing a combined .201/.251/.291 with five home runs and a .204 batting average w/ RISP.
  4. Jose Peraza has 22 hits, 11 runs, and 11 RBI this month. He, Marcell Ozuna, and Anthony Rendon are the only players in MLB to reach these totals in September. Peraza's .890 OPS this month is on pace for the best month of his career (min. 50 PA).
  5. Cody Reed has a 1.98 career ERA and .181 opponent batting average in 27.1 career innings of work as a reliever, but has a 0-9 record, 7.44 ERA, and .317 opponent batting average in 16 career starts. He had a career-high 10 strikeouts in his last start and allowed just two hits, his fewest in any career start.
  6. Joey Votto has at least one hit in each of his last seven games against the Marlins, and has a double in all three games against Miami this season. He had four hits and four RBI the last time these teams met; he has done that just three other times in his career.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/20/2018 thru 9/23/2018

MIAMI -- The Miami Marlins, dead last in the major leagues in attendance, conclude their 2018 home schedule Sunday against the Cincinnati Reds.

The Marlins, who are averaging just over 9,000 fans per game, trail the next-worst team, the Tampa Bay Rays, by more than 200,000 in total attendance.

Miami's 2018 attendance is the worst by a major league team since the Expos' final season in Montreal in 2004.

Sunday's home finale likely won't draw big numbers either as the Marlins (61-93) have the worst win-loss record in the National League, and the Reds (66-90) are also a last-place team.

In addition, the Marlins will have to compete with the NFL as the Miami Dolphins -- off to a promising start at 2-0 -- will host the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. The Marlins and the Dolphins are set to start at 1 p.m. ET.

Meanwhile, Marlins CEO Derek Jeter has indicated that manager Don Mattingly will be allowed to return in 2019 to fulfill the final season of his four-year contract.

"Is he going to be back in 2019?" Jeter said when asked. "He's under contract, so yeah."

Jeter, who was used to winning or at least competing for World Series titles during his days as a New York Yankees shortstop, is having to preach patience with this Marlins team.

"Where we are starting from, the only way to go is up," Jeter said. "This is a transitional year for us to learn as much as possible about the organization."

In Sunday's game, Miami will start rookie right-hander Trevor Richards (3-9, 4.95 ERA). Cincinnati gives the ball to right-hander Michael Lorenzen (3-1, 3.03).

Richards, who has struck 113 batters in 112 2/3 innings, is known for his changeup, which often gets swings and misses down in the zone.

However, he has not won a game since he beat the Philadelphia Phillies on July 14.

In three starts this month, he is 0-2 with an 11.12 ERA.

Meanwhile, Lorenzen broke into the majors in 2015, pitching in 27 games (21 starts) and posting a 4-9 record with a 5.40 ERA.

But Lorenzen was strictly a reliever in 2016, when he posted a 2-1 record and a 2.88 ERA, and again last year (8-4, 4.45 ERA).

This year, Lorenzen was again a reliever for his first 42 appearances, but in his only start, he allowed one hit, one walk and one run (unearned) in four innings against the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday.

It was his first start after having made 151 consecutive relief appearances.

"I've been saying, 'Give me a chance! Give me a chance!'" Lorenzen said after his Reds beat the Brewers 3-1. "They gave me a chance against a good lineup, and I was excited. It was like, 'Man, I better step up'."

Lorenzen, 26, did just that, striking out three batters, inducing weak contact and getting Brewers batters to expand the zone.

Lorenzen, a native of Anaheim, Calif., was the 38th overall pick in the 2014 MLB Draft, selected by the Reds out of Cal State Fullerton.

At 6 feet 3, 215 pounds, Lorenzen can muscle up his fastball, which averages an impressive 95 mph.

He has a 2.63 ERA this month overall and a 2.62 ERA on the road for the season -- two trends that could bode well for him Sunday.

Updated September 22, 2018

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