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Marlins pick Ricky Nolasco as Opening Day starter

Mar 7, 2013, 3:50 PM EDT

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Last year, when the Marlins were all hopped up on offseason spending and expectations, Ricky Nolasco started the third game of the season behind Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle.

This year he’ll draw the Opening Day assignment, manager Mike Redmond announced this afternoon.

Nolasco also started Opening Day for the Marlins in 2009, but back then he was coming off a season in which he went 15-8 with a 3.52 ERA in 212 innings. Now he’s coming off a four-season stretch with ERAs of 4.48, 4.67, 4.51, and 5.08.

Of course, it’s not like the Marlins have anyone better.

  1. El Bravo - Mar 7, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    Assuming he isn’t traded before Opening Day of course…

  2. danielisthor - Mar 7, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    He’ll be shipped out before the trade deadline for a low level a prospect and a couple million in cash. If he’s lucky he can rejoin the rest of the Marlins team in Toronto. FU LORIA.

    • tuberippin - Mar 7, 2013 at 9:10 PM

      They already have a starter who doesn’t pitch to his talent level. His name is Ricky Romero.

  3. danaking - Mar 7, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    Ricky Nolasco: building points toward his HoF candidacy, in the Jack Morris wing.

  4. chacochicken - Mar 7, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    Can Loria sell off pieces of Ricky? He may be worth more parted out than as a whole starting pitcher. I’d think the kidneys alone would bring in some decent cash. I bet those fair-weather, ungrateful Marlins fans will give him grief again and force Jeff to write an editorial titled “Why I vivisected Ricky Nolasco”. Baseball experts would understand and applaud the move.

  5. Old Gator - Mar 7, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    Happy happy joy joy happy happy joy joy happy happy joy joy. The only thing that could excite me more than Ricky Nolasco pitching the opener at an echo-chamber Macondo Banana Massacre Field would be getting Log for Christmas.

  6. jimmymarlinsfan - Mar 8, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Since Ricky knows what he does in April and May is a tryout for another team, I bet he pitches with a bit of chip on his shoulder and having a more capable defense behind him won’t hurt. Some contender will be willing to overpay for starting pitching help

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