Last place teams will meet in San Diego for three games beginning on Friday. The Miami Marlins and the San Diego Padres are each in last place in their respective divisions, but the Marlins are coming off of a very good series in San Francisco. Miami won three straight one-run games to sweep the Giants. Prior to the trip West, the Fish were just 2-9 on the road. Miami is off to a 3-0 start on what will be a 9-game-road-trip that ends in Houston.
The Marlins enter the series with the Padres at 11-14 and in last place in the National League East; Miami trails the Washington Nationals by five games. San Diego comes in with the worst record in the National League at just 9-17 and in last place in the National League West. The Padres trail the Los Angeles Dodgers by 8.5 games The three-game-set beginning on Friday will be Miami’s only trip to San Diego this season. The Padres dominated the Fish last season winning all seven match-ups including three in San Diego.
Fish Finding Comfort in San Francisco
After not sweeping the San Francisco Giants in San Francisco since 1995, the Marlins have now done it in consecutive years. The Fish completed three-game sweeps of the Giants in each of the last two seasons. The Marlins have won seven straight overall in San Francisco and the last five have all come by a single run.
Stanton Finding the Power
After 58 at-bats without a long ball to start the season, Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton is finally finding his power. Stanton has now homered in three of his last five games including twice in San Francisco. In Wednesday’s 3-2 win over the Giants, it was Stanton’s solo shot in the 10th inning that lifted the Marlins to victory.
Friday – Josh Johnson (MIA) 0-3, 5.34 ERA vs. Anthony Bass (SD) 1-3, 2.30 ERA
Saturday – Mark Buehrle (MIA) 1-4, 3.34 ERA vs. Clayton Richard (SD) 1-3, 5.12 ERA
Sunday – Ricky Nolasco (MIA) 3-0, 2.76 ERA vs. Joe Wieland (SD) 0-4, 4.91 ERA
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