Opposing Zambrano on the mound for the Indians is 6-foot-6 strikeout artist Justin Masterson, who has struggled to the tune of a 5.40 ERA and 1-3 record through eight starts this year. After whiffing ten batters in his season debut with just two hits allowed over eight innings, Masterson has routinely finished games with more walks than strikeouts as of late.
Masterson will face off against a speed-heavy Miami lineup that also features one of the most dangerous deep threats in baseball in outfielder Giancarlo Stanton. Knowing Masterson's lack of control lately, however, it's imperative that he doesn't give Marlins base stealers too many free passes.
Here are the full lineups for Friday's game:
1. Shin-Soo Choo - RF
6. Michael Brantley - CF
8. Casey Kotchman - 1B
Justin Masterson - SP
7. Emilio Bonifacio - CF
Carlos Zambrano - SP