Marlins pick Ricky Nolasco as Opening Day starter

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Last year, when the Marlins were all hopped up on offseason spending and expectations, Ricky Nolasco started the third game of the season behind Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle.

This year he’ll draw the Opening Day assignment, manager Mike Redmond announced this afternoon.

Nolasco also started Opening Day for the Marlins in 2009, but back then he was coming off a season in which he went 15-8 with a 3.52 ERA in 212 innings. Now he’s coming off a four-season stretch with ERAs of 4.48, 4.67, 4.51, and 5.08.

Of course, it’s not like the Marlins have anyone better.