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Dark Skies, Pitching Blues, Lineups


        Dark skies above and rain in the forecast as we wind up Marlins/D-Backs. Ricky Nolasco heads back to the mound trying to snap out of a season-long funk.

       So much for those preseason forecasts touting the Marlins' starting staff as the strength of the club and one of the best in the majors. The numbers don't lie, and they show the Marlins starters ranking 14th of the 16 NL teams in ERA at 5.12. Only the Nats (5.46) and Phils (6.35) are worse. Combined, Josh Johnson and Chris Volstad are 5-3 with a 2.90 ERA. The collection of five pitchers that have made the team's other 25 starts: 4-13 with a 7.16 ERA. That's right. The Marlins, outside of Johnson and Volstad, have received exactly four wins from the remaining three-fifths of the rotation. Not good.

      Marlins: 1. Emilio Bonifacio, 3b; 2. Chris Coghlan, lf; 3. Hanley Ramirez, ss; 4. Jorge Cantu, 1b; 5. John Baker, c; 6. Dan Uggla, 2b; 7. Jeremy Hermida, rf; 8. Cody Ross, cf; 9. Ricky Nolasco, p.

      D-Backs: 1. Felipe Lopez, 2b; 2. Gerardo Parra, lf; 3. Justin Upton, 3b; 4. Stephen Drew, ss; 5. Mark Reynolds, 3b; 6. Miguel Montero, c; 7. Chris Young, cf; 8. Chad Tracy, 1b; 9. Dan Haren, p.

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