Toronto Blue Jays look to stay hot against Miami Marlins

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Jun 2, 2015; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (right) is greeted at home plate by first baseman Justin Bour (left) after Stanton hit a solo home run during the seventh inning against the Chicago Cubs at Marlins Park. The Marlins won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Across the Diamond:  Miami Marlins

The Marlins have hit well enough this season, sitting eighth in the league with a .262 team average, their downfall has come in terms of power and run production.  Giancarlo Stanton has been in All Star form early, and rightfully so given his contract that pays him infinite money (approximately).  Entering play on Sunday, Stanton had covered a low average nicely with 18 home runs and 47 RBI.

Unfortunately, Stanton and Justin Bour are the only two Marlins to record more than three home runs thus far.  Former Jay Adeiny Hechavarria sits second on the club in terms of RBI’s with 24, which few would have ever predicted entering 2015.

The infield around Hechavarria is rounded out nicely by Martin Prado and Dee Gordon, who has been one of baseball’s top hitters for average through the first two months.  Gordon has also stolen 20 bases, so watch for Miami to push for manufactured runs whenever possible.

Frankly, this is not a lineup that is a great threat to outscore the Blue Jays or match them punch-for-punch.  They are one of the league’s cleaner defensive teams, entering with a league-low 22 errors as a team, but this is a roster that must win lower scoring games.  With Toronto’s starting pitchers on the upswing, this could be another series that is ripe for two wins.

Next: Game 1: Estrada fighting for his job