ATLANTA -- Greg Dobbs remains in the lineup tonight for his third straight start, a deviation from what manager Edwin Rodriguez had initially told reporters about his plans for third base. Rodriguez said on Tuesday that Donnie Murphy would receive most of the playing time and that he would pick his spots with Dobbs.
"Yesterday was because I was looking for more offense from the lineup because we were struggling offensively," Rodriguez said of his decision to start Dobbs on Wednesday. "And today, why not? We had a good game yesterday. At least it's good to have options. It could go either way."
Dobbs is hitting .500 (7 for 14) compared to Murphy's .148 average (4 for 27), so the numbers clearly favor Dobbs. So does the fact that the Marlins faced only rght-handed starters in the Braves series. Dobbs is not considered quite as strong defensively as Murphy. But Rodriguez pointed out that the Braves have a lefty dominated lineup, meaning fewer ground balls hit to third.
-- Another lineup note: Rodriguez said catcher Brett Hayes would likely start in place of John Buck on Friday when the Marlins open a three-game series in Philadelphia.
-- Adjust your radio dials. Three upcoming games are moving from their normal spot on 790-The Ticket to 1080 AM (WHIM) due to scheduling conflicts. The following games will be heard on 1080: April 16 vs. Phillies, April 21 vs. Pirates and April 24 vs. Rockies.
Marlins: 1. Chris Coghlan, cf; 2. Omar Infante, 2b; 3. Hanley Ramirez, ss; 4. Mike Stanton, rf; 5. Logan Morrison, lf; 6. Gaby Sanchez, 1b; 7. Greg Dobbs, 3b; 8. John Buck, c; 9. Ricky Nolasco, p.
Braves: 1. Martin Prado, lf; 2. Nate McLouth, cf; 3. Chipper Jones, 3b; 4. Brian McCann, c; 5. Dan Uggla, 2b; 6. Jason Heyward, rf; 7. Alex Gonzalez, ss; 8. Freddie Freeman, 1b; 9. Brandon Beachy, p.