MLB Game of the Day – San Diego Padres Vs. Miami Marlins
The resurgent San Diego Padres look to take advantage of a visit to Marlins Park when they take on the Miami Marlins this weekend. The Padres find themselves one game under .500 going into the weekend series, but hope to leave Florida no worse than .500.
The Padres will have Edinson Volquez (5-6, 5.67 ERA) on the mound, looking to get back in the win column after losing his last start against the Los Angeles Dodgers. In his career, he has started against the Marlins five times and has a nice 4-0 record against them, with a tidy 1.74 ERA going into the game on Friday evening.
The Padres find themselves in second place in the National League West division, trailing only the Arizona Diamondbacks by 3.5 games for first in the division. In the Wild Card race, they are currently in fifth place.
The Marlins have been an also-ran all season long, but recently they have made a run at playing the spoiler (regardless of how frustrating it must be to only be a spoiler before the All Star break has even arrived).
The Marlins are in the basement of the National League East division (and the rest of the National League). The Atlanta Braves are 17 games up on the Marlins for the divisional lead, and the Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates are up by that same 17-game margin for the Wild Cards.
The Marlins will have Ricky Nolasco (4-7, 3.68 ERA) starting the game on Friday. He has evenly split his last three games with a win, a loss and a no-decision. He faced the Padres once already this season and came out with a loss, pitching seven innings and giving up one run on four hits.