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Game #37 Preview: 5/18, Arizona Diamondbacks @ Miami Marlins

Runs, good starting pitching and solid bullpen work. Will settle for two of the three?

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Rubby De La Rosa
RHP, 4-2, 4.50
Dan Haren
RHP, 4-2, 3.70
Ender Inciarte - LF Dee Gordon - 2B
A.J. Pollock - CF Martin Prado - 3B
Paul Goldschmidt - 1B Giancarlo Stanton - RF
Yasmany Tomas - 3B Justin Bour - 1B
Mark Trumbo - RF Marcell Ozuna - CF
Aaron Hill - 2B Christian Yelich - LF
Chris Owings - SS J.T. Realmuto - C
Tuffy Gosewisch - C Adeiny Hechavarria - SS
Rubby De La Rosa - RHP Dan Haren - RHP

After a series in Philadelphia which could have gone a little better, we head to the sweaty end of the East coast for a series against a team who a) are slightly above Arizona in the standings, and b) just fired their manager. Of course, those stark statements forget a couple of things, not least that the teams are going in different directions. Arizona remains in possession of a better record than they had at this point last season, while the Marlins are four games worse than their 2014 mark after 38 games. Also, Miami haven't had even a .500 season since 2009, so a lack of patience with Redmond, possessor of a mark 52 games below even (155-207) is not unreasonable.

As Joe Lucia pointed out on Twitter, "Giancarlo Stanton is 25. Dan Jennings will be the seventh manager he's played under in his major league career," which gives you an idea of how much churn there has been in Miami over the years. Also worth noting, none of them have a winning record. Not that it matters to Stanton, who will apparently just keep on hitting moon shots. You may want to pencil June 5-7 in your diary, since that's when he'll be playing at Coors Field. The term "moon shot" may become more literal than metaphorical that weekend, having seen some of his bombs at sea-level in the soggy Atlantic air.

Couple of familiar names in the line-up for Miami tonight, with Martin Prado facing Arizona for the first time since he was traded from the club. That was, of course, to the Yankees, who then dealt him on to Miami over the winter. We'll also be facing Dan Haren on the mound, whom we have seen a few times since he was dealt to the Angels in 2010. He had done pretty well, being 5-2 in seven such starts, most recently in September last year, when he held us to one run over six innings as a Dodger. After the way we curled up and died in Philadelphia, we'll certainly need to deliver much less of a Mickey Mouse effort in Florida tonight.