May 3, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Miami Marlins pitcher Ricky Nolasco (47) delivers to the plate during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies defeated the Marlins 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Marlins @ San Diego Padres Game Preview: Wednesday, May 8th 3:40 PM EST (Game 35)

The Miami Marlins will try to salvage their three game series against the San Diego Padres after dropping the first two games. The team’s offense will need to come to life in order for the Marlins to have a shot to win the ball game.

Ricky Nolasco will be on the mound for the Marlins with Jason Marquis going for the Padres. Second baseman Derek Dietrich will be making his Major League debut and batting seventh. Dietrich was called up with Chris Valaika heading to the DL with a broken bone in his arm. Dietrich was ranked the #13 prospect by Marlin Maniac prior to the season.


Pitching Matchup:

IP ERA FIP Marlins Date Padres IP ERA FIP
41.1 4.14 4.40 Nolasco May 8 Marquis 36.0 4.25 5.72

Projected Lineup

Lineup Player  AVG. OBP. SLG %
1 Juan Pierre 237 .282 .272
2 Adeiny Hechavarria .188 .253 .377
3 Placido Polanco .256 .320 .291
4 Marcell Ozuna .419 .455 .677
5 Justin Ruggiano
.230 .310 .442
6 Greg Dobbs
.221 .299 .279
7 Derek Dietrich
8 Miguel Olivo .160 .192 .300


Juan Pierre rejoins the Marlins lineup after getting a day off with a lefty on the mound, with Hech in the two-hole. The Marlins hope this new top of the order can get the Marlins offense jump started.

Olivo is back catching for the Marlins with Rob Brantly still being bothered by his cut finger.


Bold Prediction: The Marlins bounce back with a strong start from Nolasco. Dietrich picks up his first two major league hits and the Marlins lineup puts 6 runs on the scoreboard in a victory. Marlins win 6-2.

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