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Marlins vs. Padres: Game 97 Thread

After blanking the Friars last night, the Fish will try and continue their modest winning streak in game two of the four game series in San Diego.

Word to your mother.
Word to your mother.
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The Marlins have won three straight, 5-5 in their last 10, and are looking for their first four game road winning streak in almost a year. Conversely, the Padres have lost four in a row and are on the precipice of having to admit that their playoff hopes have been dashed. As misery loves company, the Marlins would be more than happy to make room on that couch for San Diego. Facing each other today with these things in mind will be Dan Haren and Andrew Cashner.

Pitching Matchup
4.37 4.31 3.46 Haren Cashner 4.10 3.85 3.54

Andrew Cashner was the 19th pick of the 1st round in 2008 by the Cubs, a 6-6 righty will turn 29 in a couple months. Being under club control still (having just under two years left of arbitration before he hits free agency), he will likely weather any potential trade-storm brought about by the Padres continuing to lose to the Marlins. Despite the poor W/L record (3-10), uptick in walks and a history of injury, Cashner is still pretty good, clocking his fastball regularly at 95.5 MPH with a robust 10 MPH drop between that and his breaking stuff, so it wouldn't be the worst decision to hold on to him. With AJ Preller at the helm, however, you never know what's going to happen. Even if the Padres don't make the playoffs for the 9th straight season, their fans can at least admit that it's been a very interesting year.

We all know what Dan Haren is and is not, by now. While Henderson Alvarez's recent setback may have the club pondering keeping Mat Latos around there should be no such talk regarding Haren, who is baseball old and clearly declining has a shiny 3.46 ERA and will help your team reach the playoffs with grit and veteran savvy, scouts! Don't rely on these new-fangled stats concocted up by nerds who've never so much as lifted a bat! Use the eye with your gut...something about moxie...yeah, that's it.

Today's Lineups

Ichiro Suzuki - RF Alexi Amarista - 2B
Martin Prado - 2B Yonder Alonso - 1B
Christian Yelich - LF Matt Kemp - RF
Justin Bour - 1B Justin Upton - LF
Casey McGehee - 3B Brett Wallace - 3B
Cole Gillespie - CF Derek Norris - C
Jeff Mathis - C Melvin Upton Jr. - CF
Adeiny Hechavarria - SS Clint Barmes - SS
Dan Haren - RHP Andrew Cashner - RHP

Jeff Mathis gives Realmuto a breather and will bat 7th.


- Check out Michael's breakdown of Marlins trade assets for analysis on who is and who is not likely to depart before the impending trade deadline.

- The Fish made a move today, sending Steve Cishek to the Cardinals in exchange for AA relief pitcher Kyle Barraclough. So long, Shrek. Andre Rienzo is expected to get the call-up in the corresponding move.

- Say Dan Jennings got a crazy notion in his head to snag a Padre before heading out of town. Who would you want off of this present Friaring squad?

Bold Prediction: Marlins defeat Padres 5-3.