After starting off the previous road trip nicely by taking two of three from the Philadelphia Phillies, the Marlins stumbled through Houston and Colorado, losing four of six. Coming back home, we get the unenviable task of facing the hot San Diego Padres. The Marlins should have the edge, however. Let’s preview the series.
San Diego Padres (11-7) @ Florida Marlins, April 26-28, Games 20-22
NL East Standings
Stadium: Sun Life Stadium
Five-year Run PF*: 0.99
Five-year HR PF*: 0.97
Left Field: 330 ft.
Center Field: 404
Right Field: 345
*Five-year regressed park factors provided by Patriot here
Projected Pitching Matchups
April 26: Josh Johnson vs. Mat Latos
April 27: Anibal Sanchez vs. Jon Garland
April 28: Nate Robertson vs. Kevin Correia
ZiPS In-Season Projections
|Lineup||Player||Current wOBA||Proj. wOBA v. RHP||Proj. wOBA v. LHP|
|6||John Baker/Ronny Paulino*||.320/.329||.331||.340|
*Baker and Paulino are platooning. Projected wOBA vs. RHP is for Baker, vs. LHP is for Paulino.
– Chris Coghlan picked up a few hits and walks during the Colorado series, but his overall numbers are still, of course, disappointing. Hopefully he’ll snap out of it soon enough. The Marlins will continue to be patient, but they will let Coghlan bat second until they see him batting better. Coghs still has not gotten an extra-base hit yet.
– While Coghlan is struggling to snap out of a slump, Cody Ross is working through one as well. In 22 PA last week, Ross picked up only three hits (one double), striking out five times. Given the ability of John Baker to get on base directly in front of Ross, this may be the reason why Baker hasn’t crossed home plate as often as a .368 OBP hitter should.
– Nate Robertson makes the third start against the Padres on short rest. Remember Robertson started Game 2 of the Saturday double-header, but was pulled after four innings and 85 pitches of unadulterated awful. Hopefully, he’ll have a better start against a far inferior Padres lineup.
– Jon Garland will make the second start for the Pads. I mention him only because I actually wanted to have the Marlins attract Garland to the team as an inning-eating, back-end starter. Garland has quietly been worth two or more WAR in essentially each season of his career according to FanGraphs, even though he has stuff that could graciously be referred to as “middling.”
Bold Prediction: Marlins take two of three games.