May 2, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Miami Marlins pitcher Alex Sanabia (28) delivers to the plate during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies defeated the Marlins 7-2. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Marlins @ San Diego Padres Game Preview: Tuesday, May 7th 10:10 PM EST (Game 34)

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After dropping the first game of the series, the Miami Marlins will try to bounce back on Tuesday night and even the series against the San Diego Padres. The Marlins will have to do so behind a pitcher that many Marlins fans are ready to see return to the minors, Alex Sanabia. The Padres will counter with Eric Stults.

 

Pitching Matchup:

IP ERA FIP Marlins Date Padres IP ERA FIP
34.2 4.67 5.60 Sanabia May 7 Stults 33.2 5.08 4.07 

Projected Lineup

Lineup Player  AVG. OBP. SLG %
1 Adeiny Hechavarria .197 .254 .394
2 Matt Diaz .000 .000 .000
3 Placido Polanco .248 .315 .283
4 Justin Ruggiano .239 .320 .459
5 Marcell Ozuna
.407 .448 .667
6 Greg Dobbs
.230 .310 .290
7 Miguel Olivo .152 .188 .304
8 Chris Valaika .213 .258 .344

 

For the first time in a few games, the Marlins will have a full 25-man roster. Donovan Solano was finally placed on the disabled list with a sore left side, after missing the past three games. The Marlins recalled Nick Green to take Solano’s spot on the roster. He will be available to pinch hit in tonight’s game, if needed.

Other than Ruggiano and Ozuna, it is hard to look at the Marlins lineup and not laugh how at how bad these players are. Olivo is closing in on his final days as a Marlin, as Jeff Mathis nears his return from the disabled list. Diaz continues to torment the Marlins, as he has gone hitless as a Marlin and not looked too well at the plate.

 

Bold Prediction: Miami Marlins drop their second straight ball game as Sanabia continues to struggle. He exits the game after just four innings, allowing six earned runs on 10 hits. The Marlins offense is only able to scrap together two runs in this one. Padres win 8-2.

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