Miami Marlins Series Preview: Marlins Face Defending World Champs

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May 3, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford (35) greets outfielders Nori Aoki (23) Gregor Blanco (7) and Angel Pagan (16) after they defeated the Los Angeles Angels at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Marlins, despite going 10-4 in their last 14 games, are not where they wanted to be in the first week of May before the season. They sit at 13-15, in fourth place in the National League East.

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A culprit for their slow start has to be their 12-13 start against the National League East. Maybe a little break from their division rivals could help the Miami Marlins find their groove?

The Miami Marlins will play just 6 more games in division the rest of the month, with the majority of their games coming against National League West teams.

The Marlins will begin a 4-game series with the San Francisco Giants starting tonight. A west coast trip could be exactly what the doctor order for Giancarlo Stanton, as he had a rough series, aside from the homer yesterday, against the Nationals. Giancarlo usually comes to life on these trips, as he returns to the west coast.

To get a better idea of what the Giants look like this season, I interviewed Matt Connolly of Around the Foghorn. Matt and I spoke about many things, including the latest rumors surrounding their interest in Cole Hamels and how former Marlin Casey McGehee is fitting in with the Giants.

Here are the questions Matt answered for me. And here are the questions I answered for him on Around the Foghorn.

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