Thursday, April 8, 2010

Series Preview: Los Angeles Dodgers @ Florida Marlins 4/9 - 4/11


After an Opening Day loss to the Mets at Citi Field, the Marlins (2-1, 0-0 Home) were able to bounce back and take the first series against their division rival. Florida battled through control problems in the bullpen the first two games, allowing 6 runs, 6 walks and a hit batter before pitching four scoreless innings on Thursday.

The Florida Marlins will now welcome Manny Ramirez and the Los Angeles Dodgers (1-2, 1-2 Away) to Dolphin Stadium....I mean Land Shark Stadium...No, that's not right...Oh yeah! They welcome them to the newly christened Sun Life Stadium for their first home series of the year. They will play three games over the weekend that will include the first Super Saturday Concert of the season, featuring Nelly, Kevin Rudolf and the New Boyz. On Friday Hanley Ramirez and Chris Coghlan will be honored for their accomplishment in wining the N.L Batting Title and N.L. Rookie of the Year, respectively. Florida got off to a great start at home in the 2009 campaign wining five out of their first six games.

Game 1
7:10 PM ET, April 9, 2010
Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL
Hiroki Kuroda (0-0, 0.00) vs Chris Volstad (0-0, 0.00)

Florida and Los Angeles split their 6 meetings last year with the Dodgers taking 2 of 3 in South Florida. The Marlins will send Chris Volstad to the mound on Friday to kick things off. Volstad will attempt to piggy back off his last Spring Training start, where he was not only stellar with his arm, but with his bat too as he went 3-4 with a double, 2 singles and 2 RBI. Volstad is 1-1 with a 6.35 ERA against the Dodgers in his short career with the loss coming at home last year.

Game 2
7:10 PM ET, April 10, 2010
Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL
Vicente Padilla (0-1, 14.54) vs Josh Johnson (0-1, 7.20)

Marlins Ace Josh Johnson and Dodgers Ace Vicente Padilla will have a chance to redeem themselves on this day. Johnson allowed 4 runs in 5 innings of work on Opening Day including a two-run homer to David Wright in the top of the 1st inning. He was solid the rest of the way through the fifth. Having thrown 89 pitches by the end of the 5th inning, the decision to bring him out in the 6th was questionable. Manager Fredi Gonzalez wanted to test the limit of his pitcher and paid the price for it. Padilla was tossed around like a rag by the Pirates earlier in the week. He was tagged for 7 runs in 4 1/3 innings. Padilla is 4-5 with a 2.92 ERA in 17 games with 11 starts against the Marlins.

Game 3
1:10 PM ET, April 11, 2010
Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL
Charlie Haeger (0-0, 0.00) vs Anibal Sanchez (0-0, 0.00)

Anibal Sanchez will try to prove to the skipper that he deserves to be on the team after a horrible Spring (1-3 6.38 ERA) that might have been the cause for his demotion to 5th in the rotation. The most concerning stat this Spring was the number of walks issued (12). Haeger has spent most of his 4 year career in the minors. He a has only appeared in 25 games, four of them as a starter. This is the first time that Haeger has started the year on a Major League club. He has served primarily as a late season call-up.

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