Fish Bites: A Marlins Opening Day Lineup Possibility


The Miami Marlins have options for their starting lineup on Opening Day, and we have just one iteration listed here. Plus links on Giancarlo Stanton, Kolby Copeland, Mike Redmond, and Mark Teixeira.

As expected, the Miami Marlins will open up the season on the road against Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals on April 1. Here is my proposed line up for Opening Day:

1. LF Juan Pierre
2. 2B Chone Figgins
3. RF Giancarlo Stanton
4. 1B Joe Mahoney
5. CF Justin Ruggiano
6. C Rob Brantly
7. 3B Placido Polanco
8. SS Adeiny Hechavarria

You get a favorable lefty, switch, righty, lefty, righty, lefty, two righties line up to hopefully that will throw off Strasburg. Plus, you get speed in front of Stanton in the form of Pierre and Figgins. Catcher Brantly and infielder Polanco will do their thing at the bottom of the line up making the opposing pitcher work for everything with their patience. Lastly, I am hopeful Mahoney and Ruggiano can protect Stanton in this order since they can both hit for power. I understand two players are missing here (I am thinking LoMo will not be ready for Opening Day, and Donovan Solano will come off the bench). Either way, please give me your thoughts on my prediction for the April 1 initial batting order. And as always, go Fish!

- Former Marlins pitcher Carlos Zambrano took to the hill Tuesday night against his former team. He is pitching for Team Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic. Zambrano is still a free agent. His teammates say he will get signed by a major league team after the tournament. We'll see.

- So Mark Teixeira witnessed what so many of us have witnessed here locally: a Giancarlo Stanton live batting practice. Here is what Mark said following the display: 'I've never seen anything like it." Read more here.

- Kolby Copeland, a Minor League outfield prospect for the Marlins, received a 50-game suspension on Tuesday for refusing to take an offseason drug test. He is currently in Low-A.

- Marlins manager Mike Redmond remembers the impact a young Miguel Cabrera had on the team when he was first called up. "Obviously he and Dontrelle energized our team. We don't go to the playoffs without those two guys. I know Miggy, coming up, he got a lot of big hits for us." Redmond was his teammate in 2003. And you remember how that season ended up for the Fish.

- Read a little more about super prospect Jake Marisnick this week. He was shocked when he received the call that he was traded to the Marlins. Nevertheless, he has played very well in Spring Training. Including a making a super defensive play in center field.

- Jacob Turner looked a lot better the second time around against the New York Mets on Tuesday. Pitching coach Chuck Hernandez was pleased. Remember that Turner did not make it out of the first inning in his first start.

Around The League - Mark Teixeira is out of the World Baseball Classic with a right wrist strain. Teixeira was supposed to be the starting first baseman for team USA. Ben Zobrist replaced him in the lineup.

- Aramis Ramirez was happy with the result of a recent MRI on his knee. There is no structural damage. However, he will be out some time recovering while his knee gets stronger.

- Mariano Rivera could pitch on Wednesday for the New York Yankees for the first time since May when he got injured. The 43-year-old closer is taking it easy this spring. Read more here.

At Fish Stripes

- The Fish Stripes Miami Marlins Season Preview is here for 2013. Read up on all the good things happening at our loyal site.

- Here are some important numbers entering the 2013 season for the Miami Marlins. This specific version only relates to the team's starting players. Either way, where else could you get good information about your favorite team?

- Likewise, here are some important 2013 numbers for Miami Marlins pitchers. Included is Ricky Nolasco and Steve Cishek.

- Mr. Jong previews the catcher position for the 2013 Miami Marlins. There is a clear cut starter (Rob Brantly). There is even a backup (Jeff Mathis). What there is not much of is in the minor leagues is depth (unless Kyle Skipworth is ready to prove his worth).

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