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MIAMI — Wei-Yin Chen will make his final home start of the season Friday in a year in which he has been dominant at Marlins Park.Chen http://www.whitesoxfanproshop.com/authe ... hez-jersey , a Miami Marlins left-hander, is 5-3 with a 1.77 ERA at home this season. Batters are hitting .190 with five homers against him at Marlins Park, where he has also struck out 66 in 71 innings.On the road, Chen has been brutal – 1-8 with a 9.29 ERA and 14 homers allowed.Article continues below ...Chen’s counterpart Friday will be former Marlins right-hander Luis Castillo (10-12, 4.52 ERA).Castillo’s average fastball checks in at 95.8 mph, and he has reached 100 with his heater. Even so, the Marlins traded him twice during his days as a prospect. The first deal — to the San Diego Padres — fell through because of an injury to another player.Team executives finally dealt Castillo, who beat the Marlins on July 30, 2017, which stands as the only time he has faced Miami.In that 2017 game at Marlins Park, Castillo was brilliant, striking out six in eight innings while holding the Marlins to three hits, one walk and one run. He threw 106 pitches that day, including 70 for strikes.This year, Castillo has been an enigma. He was 3-8 in even-numbered months and 7-4 in odd-numbered months.In other words, he had a 7.23 ERA in April, 6.75 in June and 5.57 in August. Conversely, he has posted a 3.48 ERA in May, 2.25 in July and 1.46 in four September starts.Castillo is also 6-5 with a 3.51 ERA at home this year but 4-7 with a. 5.56 ERA on the road.Chen Adam Engel Jersey , who is 6-11 with a 4.93 ERA overall this season, will no doubt pitch carefully to Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett, who was dominant Thursday in Cincinnati’s 4-2 win over Miami.Gennett’s final big play of the night came with two outs and two on in the ninth as the Reds were attempting to protect their two-run cushion. Miami’s Miguel Rojas hit a smash that appeared destined to be an RBI single.However, Gennett dove to his left and made the game-ending assist from the outfield grass.“I got a good jump, dove, and the ball went in my glove,” Gennett said. “Things happen fast on the field. I don’t try to dive and slam my head on the ground unless I feel I have a good chance of getting the ball.”Reds interim manager Jim Riggleman said he was “amazed” by the play.“That ball is a hit on most days,” Riggleman said. “Scooter made a great play.”Beside his defense, Gennett also hit a two-run homer and a two-run double, driving in all four Cincinnati runs.He went 2-for-3 on Thursday, raising his batting average to .318.Gennett is chasing the National League batting title and trails only Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich, who is hitting .319.Meanwhile, Miami (59-93), which has the worst record in the NL, was held to seven hits Thursday – six singles and one double.The Reds, who are in last place in the NL Central, are 66-88. DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers avoided some of their worst-case scenarios this season. They didn’t finish last, or all that close to it.In the end, however http://www.whitesoxfanproshop.com/authe ... son-jersey , they had the same record as in 2017, and the franchise still seems a long way from contention.“Not everything is going to go perfect. As you know, some things are going to turn out good, some not,” general manager Al Avila said. “I feel we had a good year for the first year of our rebuild. We played with a lot of players that made their major league debuts. We saw some good performances and we saw some that were not as good.”Detroit went 64-98, the same record the Tigers had last year, when they ended up tied for the worst record in baseball. There were a few teams worse than that this season, which may have contributed to the sense that Detroit was exceeding expectations.The Tigers are hoping some of the prospects in their system turn into players they can build around. In that respect, 2018 has been inconclusive. Detroit hasn’t yet been able to bring a significant number of top prospects to the majors.“This is just the beginning. If you think we are young now wait until next year,” said Ron Gardenhire, who was in his first season managing the Tigers. “We’ll see. That’s the goal is to get all these young kids up here and play them. Triple-A is going to be full of prospects. Guys that are knocking on the door.”PROSPECT WATCHOutfielder Christin Stewart, Detroit’s No. 6 prospect according to mlb.com , made his big league debut this season, playing in 17 games. He hit 25 home runs in the minors this year. The team’s top five prospects on that list are all pitchers, and they’re at varying stages. Casey Mize, the top pick in this year’s draft, made five starts in the low levels of the minors. Franklin Perez, who came to the organization in the trade for Justin Verlander in 2017, was limited to seven minor league starts this year by injury problems . Matt Manning Lucas Giolito Jersey , Alex Faedo and Beau Burrows have all pitched at Double-A, and they’ll be prospects to watch in 2019.PAYROLLDetroit shed a lot of salary in 2017, trading Verlander and Justin Upton. Victor Martinez’s big contract comes off the books now, but as a rebuilding team, the Tigers aren’t likely to be big spenders in the short term.“I don’t know what payroll is going to look like. It could very easily come down, it could stay neutral,” Avila said. “I’m trying my best not to make it any higher because that’s not where we want to go. It’s my goal to set up the organization’s foundation moving forward for success.”CABRERA’S HEALTHOne player still with the Tigers who has a huge contract is Miguel Cabrera, whose future production is certainly in doubt at age 35. Cabrera played only 38 games this year before being lost for the season because of left biceps surgery.FULMER’S FUTUREThere are times when Michael Fulmer looks like exactly the type of cost-controlled player the Tigers need — but now the 2016 American League Rookie of the Year is recovering from a knee issue. Fulmer’s 2018 showing wasn’t terribly encouraging: He went 3-12 with a 4.69 ERA.BRIGHT SPOTSReliever Joe Jimenez made the All-Star team, although the 23-year-old right-hander did not have a very good second half. Outfielder Nicholas Castellanos had a fine season with the bat, hitting .298 with 23 home runs.“As far as a multiyear contract with Nick, it’s something where we have to, at this point, figure will he be here when we are ready to contend for the playoffs? That’s the big question,” Avila said. “If you are going to tell me over the next couple of years we’re going to be a team that’s going to be going to the postseason, that would be an easy thing to answer and say we want to try to keep Nick around. But right now, we are trying to assess if he could fit.”
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