The Marlins have a good idea what they're getting in their starting pitcher on Sunday in Nathan Eovaldi.
The Padres want big results from their starter, Ian Kennedy, but would settle for him to work deep into the game, something that's been hard to come by thus far.
After the Padres saw hard-throwing Jose Fernandez on Saturday night, they get a look at Eovaldi in the series finale on Sunday.
According to Fangraphs.com, Eovaldi's fastball average was 95.9 mph in his first start, a win last week over the Rockies. The right-hander struck out six in six innings, and he allowed two runs. His fastball is his bread-and-butter pitch.
"This guy's stuff is off the chart," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "His ceiling is unlimited. He's got a great fastball. Really, the key for him is his secondary pitches and finishing hitters."
Eovaldi has some history against the Padres, posting a 1-0 record with an 0.79 ERA in two starts.
For the Padres, they need some innings from their starters who don't have the last name Cashner.
Andrew Cashner worked six innings on Opening Day, and he did so again in Saturday's 5-0 loss to the Marlins. But he's the only Padres starter to get an out in the sixth inning this season. The rest of the Padres' starting pitchers have worked five, five and four innings.
"This can't happen as we move forward," said Padres manager Bud Black. "It's important for our starting pitchers to work a little deeper in games."
Kennedy, who gets the start on Sunday, allowed three runs and needed 103 pitches to get through five innings his last time out against the Dodgers. He pitched well in his only other visit to Marlins Park with the D-backs, allowing one run over 6 1/3 innings in a no-decision in 2012.
Padres: Torres gets work against righties
When the Padres obtained left-handed reliever Alex Torres in January from the Rays, they did so with the hope -- and, really, the expectation -- that he could face both left-handed and right-handed hitters and that his devastating changeup could neutralize righties.
Before Friday, Torres had just faced left-handed hitters, getting an out against the Dodgers on March 30 and another against them on Tuesday.
In Friday's 8-2 loss to the Marlins, Torres got to face some right-handed hitters.
He allowed one hit in one inning, a single to the switch-hitting Jarrod Saltalamacchia in the seventh. Torres got two other right-handed hitters out, Marcell Ozuna on a comebacker and later Reed Johnson on a fly ball.
Marlins: Getting plenty of relief
With so much offense displayed in the first six games, it's easy to overlook Miami's bullpen. Based on performance, the relievers shouldn't be neglected. After picking up 2 1/3 scoreless innings in Saturday night's 5-0 win, Marlins relievers lowered their ERA to 0.44, or one run in 20 1/3 innings.
Starter Fernandez wanted to finish the seventh inning, but he gave way to A.J. Ramos. Mike Dunn and Carlos Marmol also threw scoreless innings.
"I know Jose wanted to finish that inning," Saltalamacchia said. "But with a bullpen like ours, he could hand it off."
• The Padres got some good news on the injury front Saturday when outfielder Cameron Maybin, on the disabled list with a ruptured left biceps, appeared in an extended spring training game in Peoria, Ariz. Maybin had five plate appearances, including two walks. There's still no timetable for Maybin's return, though he'll keep playing in these games until he's ready for a rehabilitation assignment with a Minor League affiliate.
• Miami Heat owner Micky Arison and team president Pat Riley were in the crowd for the Marlins game on Saturday night.
• Jeff Mathis is a likely alternative to start behind the plate for Miami on Sunday, a day game after a night game. Redmond hasn't announced who will catch. With the team off on Monday, and the fact Saltalamacchia was off on Thursday afternoon, he could get the nod.
• Casey McGehee collected his fourth double of the season on Saturday night. He's hitting .450 this season and has a six-game hit streak, the longest of his career to open a season.
• Giancarlo Stanton picked up two RBIs on Saturday, and he now has four game-winning RBIs this year.