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Sandy Alcantara on hot streak as Marlins prepare for Angels

According to STATS
According to STATS

Los Angeles Angels at Miami Marlins

  1. The Angels head to Miami trying to snap a franchise-record six-game road losing streak to NL opponents. The Angels swept the Marlins in a two-game series at home in early May making Los Angeles 5-1 all-time in regular season series against them.
  2. Angels' starter Noah Syndergaard has seven career wins against the Marlins, his most against any single opponent. Syndergaard also threw the first of his two career complete game shutouts against Miami as a member of the Mets on September 30, 2018.
  3. Mike Trout is hitless in his last 14 at-bats, tied for the seventh longest consecutive at-bat streak without a hit in Trout's career. Trout recorded his longest at-bat drought without a hit earlier in 2022 when he went hitless in 26 straight at-bats which ended on June 5.
  4. The Marlins have won five in a row during which they have a NL-best 2.11 ERA. This is the Marlins' third five game winning streak of the season, their most in a single season since they had three such streaks in 2009.
  5. Marlins RHP Sandy Alcantara is 6-1 with a 1.47 ERA, 0.79 WHIP and .176 opponent average in his last 10 starts. He threw a career-high 117 pitches in his last start and averages 102.4 pitches per game in 2022, the highest average among ERA qualifiers.
  6. Speedster Jon Berti has 25 stolen bases through his first 49 games played for the Marlins this season. This is tied for the second most stolen bases for a Marlins player through their first 50 games played trailing only Luis Castillo's 29 bags in 2000.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 7/5/2022 thru 7/6/2022
(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

After being named National League Pitcher of the Month in June, Miami Marlins ace Sandy Alcantara looks to stay hot in his first start in July.

The hard-throwing right-hander leads the majors in innings (115 1/3) and he's third overall in ERA (1.95). Appearing to be a lock to be an All-Star for the second time, Alcantara also should receive consideration to start in the Midsummer Classic.

First things first, Alcantara (8-3, 1.95) takes the mound on Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Angels in the first of two games in Miami.

While the 26-year-old has never faced the Angels before, his counterpart in the Interleague Series opener has a long track record against the Marlins.

Los Angeles right-hander Noah Syndergaard is 7-1 with a 2.16 ERA in 12 career starts against the Marlins. All of those came while he was with the New York Mets.

The Angels last faced the Marlins in Miami in 2017. They enter the Interleague Series having been swept in three games against the Houston Astros.

Miami, meanwhile, is riding high after winning five straight, including a four-game sweep at the Washington Nationals.

These days, Syndergaard (5-6, 3.86) is not the same pitcher he was early in his career in New York. Per Statcast, his average four-seam fastball is 94.2 mph. Impressive, but down from when the pitch averaged 97.8 mph in 2019.

In terms of pure velocity, Alcantara is at the top of his game, with a four-seam average of 97.7 mph.

Alcantara elevated his performance to another level in June, posting a 3-1 record with a 1.89 ERA in six starts. Opponents hit just .199 off him in the month, and he rarely allowed baserunners, reflected by his 0.88 WHIP.

The Marlins have now had two National League Pitchers of the Month, with Pablo Lopez claiming the honor in April.

In his last start, Alcantara tossed a complete game (his second of the season) in beating the St. Louis Cardinals.

Asked postgame if he felt he was the best pitcher in the majors right now, Alcantara was quoted in MLB.com saying: "I don't know. There's a lot of good pitchers right now. I don't have to say I'm the best, but I've got to keep doing my job. Keep positive and keep competing."

Syndergaard is coming off a win over the Chicago White Sox in his last start, when he gave up three runs in seven innings on June 27.

"I felt it was really positive," Syndergaard told reporters that night. "It was one of my best ones of the year. I was executing for the most part. My slider is getting better. Everything is getting better and I'm trusting my delivery more."

The Marlins will be facing the Angels for the second time this year. On April 11-12, these clubs met for a pair of games in Los Angeles, with the Angels winning both.

In that series, Joe Maddon was the Angels' manager. Now, it's Phil Nevin.

Mike Trout has faced the Marlins in just seven games in his career, and he's hitting .318 with two home runs.

There's not a lot of all-time history between these teams. Overall, the Angels hold an 11-6 edge.

--Field Level Media

Updated July 5, 2022

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