The Fish head into Sunday's afternoon clash against the Padres in the midst of a four-game losing streak and desperately needing to put some runs up on the board. Miami has been outscored 22-10 in its last five games against San Diego -- losing all five contests.
The Marlins look to their young ace Jose Fernandez to keep them in the ballgame in hopes of breaking their current skid and continuing his historic run on the mound.
Fernandez has been the definition of reliable since coming off the DL for the Marlins this season. Fernandez's last start before going on the DL a year ago was against the Padres.
Meanwhile, James Shields has been eating up innings and been a reliable arm in the league for a very long time. However, the veteran righty didn't face the Fish in their most recent four-game series.
|SAN DIEGO PADRES||MIAMI MARLINS|
|Will Venable - CF||Ichiro Suzuki - RF|
|Yangervis Solarte - 3B||Miguel Rojas - 2B|
|Matt Kemp - RF||Christian Yelich - CF|
|Justin Upton - LF||Derek Dietrich - LF|
|Yonder Alonso - 1B||Martin Prado - 3B|
|Derek Norris - C||Justin Bour - 1B|
|Jedd Gyorko - 2B||Jeff Mathis - C|
|Alexi Amarista - SS||Adeiny Hechavarria - SS|
|James Shields - RHP||Jose Fernandez - RHP|
San Diego's Jedd Gyorko has hit Fernandez well in his career, going 2-for-6 with a pair of home runs and six RBIs.
For the Fish, Dee Gordon gets the day off from the starting lineup. Miguel Rojas starts at second base in his place.
- Fernandez makes only his third career start against the Padres.
Bold Prediction: Marlins win 4-3