In the midst of their worst losing streak of 2022, the Miami Marlins are embarking on their second west-coast road trip in as many months. It begins with an extra-long matchup against the San Diego Padres.
We’ll cover the usual stuff in this series preview:
- Schedule, Watch, Listen
- Probable Pitchers
- Recent Lineups
- What To Watch For
- Poll: How Will This Series Play Out?
Schedule, Watch, Listen
Thursday, May 5 at 9:40 pm
Friday, May 6 at 9:40 pm
Saturday, May 7 at 8:40 pm
Sunday, May 8 at 4:10 pm
- TV broadcast: Bally Sports Sun for Thursday’s game; Friday-Sunday on Bally Sports Florida (Paul Severino and J.P. Arencibia)
- Radio broadcast for all 3 games: 940 AM WINZ, WAQI 710
- May 5 Marlins probable starter Jesús Luzardo Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images
- May 5 Padres probable starter Nick Martinez Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images
- May 6 Marlins probable starter Sandy Alcantara Photo by Kelly Gavin/Getty Images
- May 6 Padres probable starter Yu Darvish Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images
- May 7 Marlins probable starter Pablo López Photo by Diamond Images via Getty Images
- May 7 Padres probable starter Sean Manaea Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images
- May 8 Marlins probable starter Trevor Rogers Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images
- May 8 Padres probable starter Joe Musgrove Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images
Thursday: LHP Jesús Luzardo vs. RHP Nick Martinez
- Luzardo: 3.10 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 34.1 K%, 40.0 HardContact% in 20.1 IP
- Martinez: 4.12 ERA, 1.68 WHIP, 20.7 K%, 39.3 HardContact% in 19.2 IP
Friday: RHP Sandy Alcantara vs. RHP Yu Darvish
- Alcantara: 2.90 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 21.0 K%, 23.2 HardContact% in 31.0 IP
- Darvish: 4.44 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 22.5 K%, 17.6 HardContact% in 26.1 IP
Saturday: RHP Pablo López vs. LHP Sean Manaea
- López: 1.61 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, 28.3 K%, 18.6 HardContact% in 28.0 IP
- Manaea: 3.60 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 24.8 K%, 32.5 HardContact% in 30.0 IP
Sunday: LHP Trevor Rogers vs. RHP Joe Musgrove
- Rogers: 6.14 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 18.6 K%, 27.9 HardContact% in 22.0 IP
- Musgrove: 1.97 ERA, 0.91 WHIP, 26.8 K%, 23.3 HardContact% in 32.0 IP
What to watch for on...
Thursday: Make-or-break pitch
- Jesús Luzardo has relied more heavily on his slurve this season, yielding generally great results. He has tallied 20 of his 28 strikeouts on that pitch.
- The Padres rank second among all MLB teams with a .308 weighted on-base average against breaking balls, according to Baseball Savant. Eric Hosmer (MLB-leading .663 wOBA) and Manny Machado (.526 wOBA) are especially dangerous.
Friday: Agui’s on-base streak
- Jesús Aguilar has recovered from his slow start to the year by going on a career-best 18-game on-base streak. He even showed some extra-base power on Wednesday as he continues to solidify himself as the regular No. 2 hitter in the Marlins’ lineup.
- Assuming that Aguilar reaches safely in the series opener, he will have an opportunity to match Trea Turner (20 games) for the longest streak of the 2022 season.
Saturday: El Oso revenge game?
- Jorge Alfaro was the Marlins’ primary catcher from 2019-2021, slashing .252/.298/.386 (84 wRC+) with 25 home runs in 253 games. They traded him to the Padres right before the MLB lockout began.
- Alfaro has been behind the plate for every one of Sean Manaea’s starts this season, so it’s a good bet that he will be in the lineup on Saturday night. How will he perform against the club that essentially salary-dumped him over the winter?
Sunday: Big test for Trevor Rogers
- Although Rogers has been effective in a couple of his 2022 outings, he doesn’t resemble his old All-Star self. The tall lefty’s strikeout rate is far below the league average and he is struggling to maintain his fastball velocity deep into starts.
- This will be the Padres’ first time facing Rogers, so perhaps that lack of familiarity will be an advantage for him.
May 5-8: How will this series play out?
This poll is closed
Marlins sweep, 4-0
Marlins win, 3-1
Tie, 2 wins apiece
Padres win, 3-1
Padres sweep, 4-0