BASEBALL, 7:15 p.m. PT
AT&T Park, San Francisco
Marlins -147 vs Giants (8)
The Marlins come off a 2-5 homestand against St. Louis and Chicago so the 53-71 Giants may be just the medicine the team needs to get back in the NL East hunt. Starting play, Florida trails first place New York by four games and is 2½ behind Philadelphia. Ricky Nolasco has been the most consistent pitcher for the Fish, compiling an 11-7 record and a solid 3.88 ERA. Nolasco held the Padres to one run in a 3-1 win at San Diego back on July 7, Florida’s last West Coast swing.
The Marlins rank fourth in the NL in homers, led by All-Star shortstop and soon to be 30-30 club member Hanley Ramirez (27 homers, 28 stolen bases). Florida should be able to hit Kevin Correa, who we have bet against successfully several times. So we go to the well again since the SF righthander is 5-12 for the season. The Giants have won three of their last four, but own the NL’s second worst record (24-36) at home. In terms of need, it’s all with Florida. MARLINS.