The Marlins kick off their series against the San Diego Padres tonight at 7:10 PM EST in Marlins Park. Miami looks to continue their winning ways by sending Tom Koehler to the hill to take on Eric Stults. The Marlins enter the game with a 3-1 record while the Padres currently sport a 1-2 mark. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Florida and broadcast on 940 AM WINZ.
Here are the statistics for the starting pitchers:
|Christian Yelich - LF||Tony Gwynn Jr. - CF|
|Marcell Ozuna - CF||Jimmy Rollins - SS|
|Giancarlo Stanton - RF||Chase Utley - 2B|
|Garrett Jones - 1B||Ryan Howard - 1B|
|Casey McGehee - 3B||Marlon Byrd - RF|
|Jarrod Saltalamacchia - C||Dominic Brown - LF|
|Derek Dietrich - 2B||Carlos Ruiz - C|
|Adeiny Hechavarria - SS||Cody Asche - 3B|
|Jose Fernandez - P||A.J. Burnett - P|
Christian Yelich gets the day off as the red-hot Reid Johnson takes his place. This change means that Hechavarria will lead off for the Fish, a spot that he has struggled with in the past. Baker will get the start at second base as manager Mike Redmond continues to employ a platoon strategy at the keystone position. Garrett Jones continues to get reps against lefties as he has acquitted himself nicely thus far.
I really like this pitching matchup for the Marlins. Miami has hit lefties well so far this season (Keep in mind Jorge De La Rosa and Brett Anderson) and I think that will continue against Stults and the Padres. Koehler has been lights out this spring and I believe that he will continue that as well. The Padres struggle to score runs and tonight will be no different. A solid outing by Koehler and a home run by Jeff Baker contribute to a 4-1 Marlins win!