Feb 18, 2014; Jupiter, FL, USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez (16) gets a high five in spring training action at Roger Dean Stadium Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports
The Miami Marlins take on the St. Louis Cardinals in the start of the Grapefruit League today at 1:05 pm EST. This game is exciting for quite a few reasons. The first is that we will get our first glimpse at reigning Rookie of the Year Jose Fernandez who will get the start today. The second reason is that the game will be televised nationally on the MLB Network.
The Marlins have won their first two exhibition games against two colleges, the University of Miami Hurricanes and Florida International University. The Marlins largely rested their top players in those games, but still got some good work in for many of their prospects. Three players that shined in those two games were first baseman Mark Canha, third baseman Colin Moran, and third baseman Derek Dietrich who looked especially good.
Here is the starting lineup for today:
Adeiny Hechavarria – Shortstop
Christian Yelich – Left field
Giancarlo Stanton – Right field
Garrett Jones – First base
Jarrod Saltalamacchia – Catcher
Casey McGehee – Third base
Ty Wigginton – DH
Brian Bogusevic – Center field
Ed Lucas – Second base
As mentioned before Jose Fernandez will take the hill today for the Fish. Expect for him to throw a few innings before giving way to someone else. Also be watching for Giancarlo Stanton‘s performance. He is a notoriously slow starter, and this is something he has wanted to address this year. It will be important for him to stay healthy and get game ready quickly.
Since we have the most coverage of the Marlins, we thought it was only right to provide our readers with a live blog of the game later on today. Make sure that you stop back by at 1 pm to watch the game with other Marlins fans’ and Go Fish!