It's Late Night With The Fish!™
San Diego has always been one of my favorite cities. I tried to move there once, but that's another story for another day. My feelings toward the area really has hardly anything to do with the city itself. In my estimation, San Diego has the perfect weather on most days: 72 degrees with a slight breeze. Every time I've flown into the city, which has been many times now, I step off the airplane and the weather is exactly the same.
The weather helps create an active environment, the beaches are warm, the nightlife is vibrant, the food is spectacular. In many ways, it's like Miami. The main difference is that there is no humidity in San Diego, and so, for my money, it has the best, most livable climate in the continental United States.
And it's a good thing for the people who choose to live in the area, too, because their sports teams certainly haven't given them anything to be remotely excited about. The Padres, in particular, have bequeathed on San Diego exactly
two three things: 1984, Tony Gwynn, 1998, and nothing before or after. Say what you will about the Marlins, but at least we can dust off those trophies from time to time when the topic come up: San Diego's cupboard is bare and doesn't look like it will be occupied for some time to come.
Alas, I should probably stop bagging on the Padres since the Marlins don't seem to fare so well when I point out how inept their opponents are, historically or in present tense.
|Team||Starter||ERA||FIP||2016 ZIPS Projected ERA|
|MIAMI MARLINS||SAN DIEGO PADRES|
|Ichiro Suzuki - RF||Jon Jay - CF|
|Martin Prado - 3B||Wil Myers - 1B|
|Christian Yelich - LF||Matt Kemp - RF|
|Marcell Ozuna - CF||Yangervis Solarte - 3B|
|Justin Bour - 1B||Derek Norris - C|
|J.T. Realmuto - C||Alexei Ramirez - SS|
|Derek Dietrich - 2B||Melvin Upton Jr. - LF|
|Adeiny Hechavarria - SS||Adam Rosales - 2B|
|Wei-Yin Chen - LHP||Colin Rea - RHP|
Giancarlo Stanton with the night off, so Ichiro! leads off and plays right field. Bour back in at first, Hech back in at short.
- Wei-Yin Chen has never faced the San Diego Padres.
- Colin Rea has never started against the Miami Marlins, but this is less interesting than the previous note because Colin Rea only has 17 major league starts.
Bold Prediction: Marlins fall in opener, 4-2.