Miami's three game series with the San Diego Padres begins tonight, with David Phelps taking the mound for the Marlins. Lineup is as follows:
1 - 2B Dee Gordon
Gordon is currently third in the NL with a .334 batting average, and in his fourth game back from an injured left thumb. 53 more hits this season will eclipse his previous career high of 176, and he seems to be a pretty good bet for it. Look for him to increase his total of 33 stolen bases this series.
2 - RF Ichiro Suzuki
Suzuki is hitting a career low .246 for the Marlins. Aged 41 year-old, the veteran of 15 years of Major League baseball currently sits at 2,901 hits, and 496 stolen bases. He wont reach 3,000 this season, but look for him to break 500 stolen bases sometime in late August.
3 - CF Christian Yelich
Only in his second full Major League season, Yelich is already a Gold Glove winner. Look for him to put some of that defensive prowess on display, and also increase his home run total in the last nine weeks of the season.
4 - 1B Justin Bour
Bour, still a rookie, has appeared in 73 games this season and his hitting .260 with 10 home runs and 30 RBI. He should be well rested after not starting through the three-game Washington series.
5 - 3B Martin Prado
The 31-year-old Venezuala native has hit .290 over his career, and is just a touch under that this season over 76 games, with a current .277 mark, with just four home runs. Hey, he was an all-star in 2010, and has hit over .300 in three different major league seasons!
6 - LF Derek Dietrich
I don't know how we still consider this guy a prospect...he exceeded rookie limits in the 2013 season. For what it's worth, I think this kid is a future all-star. Look for him tonight to improve his current .901 OPS (or cross your fingers, whatever).
7 - C J.T. Realmuto
Realmoney has been an unexpected bright spot for Miami this season. Between timely hitting, calling the game, second to none pitch-framing, and his unexpected defensive excellence (most of the time), Realmuto has shown that maybe next year will be better (he says every year).
8 - SS Adeiny Hechavarria
Stirring real talk in the race for a Gold Glove at shortstop, Heche has improved his batting line every season thus far. In this, his third full season in the majors, look for him to continue to provide excellent defensive prowess and continued slow improvement at the plate.
9 - P David Phelps
Phelps is better than his 4-7 record would indicate. His 3.86 ERA speaks volumes about his consistency, and he is the only Marlins' starter to not miss a start this season.
Tune in tonight at 7:10PM EST for the opener.