SAN DIEGO -- With the Marlins seeing only left-handed starting pitchers in their three games against the Padres at Petco Park this weekend, manager Don Mattingly has played it straight and listed only right-handed batters in his lineup for each game.
A new-look lineup is just around the corner, however.
After an off-day Monday, the Marlins will see at least two right-handers in their three-game set at Milwaukee. The Brewers haven’t listed a starter for the finale Thursday yet.
“It will be a little different,” Mattingly said Sunday of his likely lineups in Milwaukee.
JT Riddle, who rejoined the Marlins from Triple-A New Orleans on Friday, likely will get his first start in center field. Garrett Cooper, who has one start at first base, probably will shift there at some point to help plug the gap left by Neil Walker’s trip to the injured list because of a right quad strain.
Martín Prado started at first in all three games against the Padres’ left-handers, but he entered Sunday with an .525 OPS vs. righties.
Hot-hitting rookie Harold Ramirez has patrolled center field at Petco Park but will likely move to a corner spot when Riddle plays center.