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Dbacks @ Marlins: Can Hellickson Rebound?

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Jeremy Hellickson may not have very many chances left in the rotation with Patrick Corbin due to return soon.

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Coming off a fantastic nine inning performance by Rubby De La Rosa, Hellickson has a chance to nail down another strong start for the pitching staff.

Hellickson has been struggling with command and his ability to keep the ball down all season and a game against the Marlins might just be what the doctor ordered. Hellickson was much better in his last start against a potent Washington Nationals lineup and if he wants to keep a rotation spot, he’s going to have to keep building off of it.

Monday night, the pitching staff was on but the offense was not. Yasmany Tomás had the big hit to drive in the first runs of the game and David Peralta had the big game winning hit in the 13th inning. However everyone else struggled at the plate and guys like Paul Goldschmidt and Chris Owings went 1-5 on the night.

Tonight they will go to work against Marlins pitcher Tom Koehler, who has given up his fair share of home runs this season with 7 total. He comes in with a 4+ ERA and the Diamondbacks have to jump all over him with the long ball if they want to give their own struggling pitcher Hellickson some run support.

What: Arizona Diamondbacks (16-21) at Miami Marlins (16-23)

When: 4:10 P.M.

Where: Marlins Park

Pitching Matchup: Jeremy Hellickson (1-3 5.92 ERA) vs. Tom Koehler (2-3 4.29 ERA)

Weather: Roof Closed

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Tomás is starting to loosen up and become an rbi machine in his short time with the team. He is also becoming a mainstay in the lineup for the Diamondbacks.

A win Tuesday night would go a long way in giving the Diamondbacks a chance at winning the series and further the mental state of the Marlins trending down. The Marlins are throwing a guy who gives up home runs and guys like Paul Goldshmidt, Mark Trumbo and Yasmany Tomás need to tee off on him.

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