MIAMI — Early Monday morning, Washington Nationals third base coach Bo Porter took a fungo bat out to left field at Marlins Park and was hitting balls to no one in particular. It looked like he was testing the speed and consistency of the outfield grass, which, in all honesty does not look very good.
The grass has grown in very patchy since the Marlins laid it down earlier this year. The Marlins writers have said that it looks considerably better now than it did during the start of the season and has continued to improve with each week.
What’s interesting, though, is that the team opted to use Celebration Bermuda grass and not the same type of Bull’s Eye Bermuda they use in Chase Field in Arizona, which has a similarly retractable roof. Bull’s Eye is considered the most suitable grass for this type of stadium because if the sunlight it gets is not enough, large incandescent lights can be used as a substitute at time.
It is not uncommon, though, for roofed stadiums to have problems with the grass in their first year.
Anyway, that was just a long way of saying that it wouldn’t be entirely surprising to hear some gripes about the field conditions during this series.
As for the lineups, Steve Lombardozzi get the start at second base while Danny Espinosa sits and Corey Brown will make the first major league start of his career, hitting seventh and playing left field.
Steve Lombardozzi 2B
Bryce Harper RF
Ryan Zimmerman 3B
Adam LaRoche 1B
Ian Desmond SS
Rick Ankiel CF
Corey Brown LF
Carlos Maldonado C
Edwin Jackson P