Happy home opener Marlins fans! Here’s what you need to know on this Thursday in Miami sports.
Marlins’ opening day: It is Opening Day around the MLB and the Miami Marlins play host to the Colorado Rockies. Miami will play a four game series against Colorado. For Miami, this should be considered a rebuilding year,as they have a young core of players. However, the Fish played well in Spring Training, so perhaps they could surprise some folks. As for today’s game, the Marlins turn to 27 year old, Jose Urena. This is Urena’s second straight opening day start and he hopes it goes better than last year’s. Last year, Urena’s season started by giving up a season-opening homerun to Cubs’ Ian Happ. Urena impressed during Spring Training, posting a 2.63 ERA and 11 batters. However he only pitched 13.2 innings, so we’ll see how that translates over the course of a full season.
Colorado, is expected to contend for a wild card spot, so they’ll look to get off to a good start today. They send 25 year old lefty, Kyle Freeland to the bump. Freeland pitched well last season, going 17-7 with a 2.85 ERA and 173Ks. First pitch is at 4:10. Check out the full series preview here.
Heat host Mavs: The Heat host rookie of the year favorite, Luca Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks tonight. Miami is looking to right the ship, after losing a key game to the Magic on Tuesday. Miami will not want to lose anymore ground on Orlando who is ahead of the Heat by half a game for the eight seed. Luckily for Miami, Dallas is just 1-4 in their last five games, however they upset Golden State in Oakland during the stretch. Dallas, however is just 7-30 in road games this season. The Heat won the first match-up 112-101. This is also the final time D-Wade and Dirk Nowitzski share the court. Tip-off is 7:30 P.M.
Panthers in Ottawa: Although the Panthers’ playoff hope are over, that doesn’t mean we will stop covering them. The Panthers play the Senators tonight in Ottawa as they continue their tour of the Great White North. Florida has been as cold as ice, losing four out of their last five games. Ottawa however has been decent of late, going 3-2 in their last five, including a 4-0 shutout of Buffalo. The Panthers own the season series 2-1 against the Sneators and look to take it tonight. Puck drops at 7:30 P.M.
Golden Panthers gone from CIT (ICYMI): This is a couple days old, however it is worth mentioning. The FIU Golden Panthers were in action Tuesday night against Green Bay. Green Bay outscored FIU 53-33 in the first half. The Golden Panthers kept things closer in the second half, however an impressive performance by Green Bay guard, Sandy Cohen III was too much. FIU goes on to lose 98-68. Cohen III had 20 points with 10 boards. As a team, Green Bay shot an impressive 51 percent including 41 percent from three. However, FIU’s shooting was a different story. FIU shot a mediocre 34 percent from the field, including an anemic 14 percent from distance. Green Bay also out-rebounded the Golden Panthers 48-35. All in all, still an impressive season for first year coach, Jeremy Ballard and his squad.
Miami Open continues: The Miami Open quarterfinals continue at Hard Rock Stadium. Fourth ranked, Roger Federer won his singles match yesterday and is back at it today. Federer is facing off with sixth ranked, Kevin Anderson of South Africa. The women’s singles semifinals also continue today.