MIAMI, FL - JULY 15: Ricky Nolasco #47 of the Miami Marlins delivers a pitch against the Washington Nationals at Marlins Park on July 15, 2012 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
I hadn't realized how bad the Marlins looked until I started looking into it a bit more closely today. Giancarlo Stanton has anchored their lineup, but he's currently recovering from knee surgery. Hanley Ramirez (hand) isn't in the lineup either.
Even with those guys for most of the season, the Marlins have a 39-53 Pythagorean record (compared to an actual record of 44-48). The Marlins are the fifth-worst offense in baseball in terms of runs scored, and they're tied with the Phillies for the eighth-worst total in runs allowed.
Nolasco allowed four runs in 5.1 innings in his last start, which came against the Nationals. He was coming off three straight strong starts before that.
We'll see if this one starts in time.