How Marlins’ lineup could shape up for opener
JUPITER, Fla. — The lineup the Marlins are starting off with against the Yankees on Friday night in Tampa should be pretty similar to what the team rolls out Monday on Opening Night at Marlins Park.
With Rafael Furcal headed to the disabled list to start the season, Derek Dietrich is expected to see regular playing time at second base, while Donovan Solano will be in a utility role. But since Dietrich is a left-handed hitter, right-handed hitting Jeff Baker is a probable candidate to be at second base in Game 1.
The Rockies are starting lefty Jorge De La Rosa on Opening Night.
De La Rosa was impressive in 2013, posting a 16-6 record with a 3.49 ERA. In 167 2/3 innings, the lefty struck out 112 and walked 62. He had a 1.38 WHIP.
On Friday night, the Yankees started right-hander Hiroki Kuroda.
Miami’s lineup was: Yelich (LF), Baker (2B), Stanton (RF), Jones (1B), Saltalamacchia (C), Dietrich (DH), McGehee (3B), Ozuna (CF), Solano (SS).
Kevin Slowey, who made the team as a long reliever, got the starting nod against New York. Initially, Jacob Turner was set to go. But to better control Turner’s pitches, the 22-year-old was held back in Jupiter to throw in a Minor League game.
Adeiny Hechavarria (groin) is still in the process of recovering.
The Marlins aren’t expected to do much platooning. But they are likely to at second base until Furcal is ready.
The team has consistently said left-handed hitting Garrett Jones would get chances to face lefties. In the opener, Jones will get his first opportunity against a southpaw.
The projected Opening Night lineup is: Yelich (LF), Baker (2B), Stanton (RF), Jones (1B), Saltalamacchia (C), McGehee (3B), Ozuna (CF), Hechavarria (SS), Fernandez (P).
– Joe Frisaro