Grapefruit Preview: Houston Astros @ Miami Marlins, 1:05 PM


Last night’s game was rained out before it even got a chance to get going. Fortunately, the Miami Marlins will get another crack at former Fish Jake Marisnick and the Houston Astros today. Slated for a 1:05 PM first pitch, the game will feature Mat Latos on the mound for the Marlins, going against Roberto Hernandez of the Astros.

The spring has been a struggle for Latos, who owns a 9.90 ERA in 10 innings of work. He has struck out just 6 hitters in those innings and walked 4, allowing 11 runs on 12 hits. Most of the damage to Latos was done in his last start, where he allowed 9 runs on 8 hits, walked 2 and struck out just one in 3 innings of work against the Mets. Hopefully we see Latos take a step in the right direction today, as this will be his second to last start of the spring.

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Though the Marlins rotation seems to be set, there are still some questions surrounding the order and Jarred Cosart. Cosart is in the middle of an investigation from the MLB regarding a claimed gambling issue that was associated with his Twitter account earlier this week. The rotation order should probably be set as soon as Monday for manager Mike Redmond.

Roberto Hernandez, 35-years old, is fighting for the fifth spot in the Astros rotation. The 10-year MLB veteran has pitched decently this spring, posting a 4.50 ERA in 12 innings of work. Working against is his 5 walks and just 4 strikeouts, however.

Here’s what the Marlins lineup will look like today:

1. Dee Gordon, 2B
2. Christian Yelich, LF
3. Giancarlo Stanton, RF
4. Michael Morse, 1B
5. Martin Prado, 3B
6. Marcell Ozuna, CF
7. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
8. Adeiny Hechavarria, SS
9. Mat Latos, SP

Redmond has trotted out the Marlins regulars on an almost daily basis for the past week, getting them prepped for the season. I’d expect him to do more of that over the final 6 games, as the Marlins will want to have their players in top form, as the season kicks off, and they try to keep pace with the Washington Nationals in the National League East.

Today’s game can be heard on 940 WINZ AM, with Glenn Geffner, as well as Gameday Audio. After today’s game, the Marlins will have just 4 Grapefruit League games left and then two games against their minor league affiliates before kicking off the season in 9 days.

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