Jacob Turner faces Tommy Hanson in the final road game for this year’s club. Hanson, who has been struggling with an 0-4 record over his last seven starts, has had some rough outings lately. It’s the last chance, and probably the best chance for the Marlins to eke a win out of this series. Jacob Turner has been improving, and has lowered his ERA is 2.50 across his last three starts. However, without Stanton and Ruggiano in the lineup, run support will remain the biggest challenge young Mr. Turner faces tonight. Hopefully, Reyes and the Solano surge will push enough runs across the plate to avoid an Atlanta sweep.
A win tonight, coupled with a sudden outbreak of the grippe in the Mets clubhouse, would keep the Marlins’ hopes of a not dead-last NL East finish within the realm of the possible. However, before we can crawl out of the cellar, we need to run the gamut of Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay, and Cole Hamels when Philly comes to town tomorrow night. Keep your fingers crossed that Stanton comes to the park ready to play on Friday, and brings Nastybat 2.0 with him. If the Fish can deliver an embarrassment to the ‘Phils, we could have an exciting finish when we host the Mets for the season finale.