Miami’s cold bats won’t be warming up any in Minnesota, at least not literally. The Marlins are bracing for extremely frigid weather Monday when they open a two-game set at Target Field in Minneapolis against the Twins. Monday’s game-time forecast: temperatures in the low 30s, winds gusting at 15 mph and an 80 percent chance of rain and snow. Yes, snow. “Ball’s white. Snow’s white,” Marlins reliever Chad Qualls said. “Maybe it’ll help us out.” Ricky Nolasco, who was born and raised in Southern California and is the starter Monday night, is preparing for the worst. “I’m just trying to survive [Monday],” Nolasco said. “Baseball was not meant to be played in that weather.” The lowest game-time temperature for any game Nolasco has ever started was 42 degrees when he faced the Pirates in Pittsburgh in April of 2009. He lost that game. Nolasco said he intends to apply a product to his pitching arm that will keep it warm. “[I’ll put on] a lot of the Hot Stuff on the arm, the cream that keeps your arm loose,” he said. “I’ll have to lube that up nice and thick.” Some Marlins are questioning why they’re playing the Twins in Minnesota in April but hosting them in Miami in June, instead of the other way around. The coldest game in Marlins history: April 8, 1997, at Wrigley Field in Chicago when the temperature was 29 degrees.
Miami Marlins players brace for big chill in Minnesota
Miami Herald | Apr 22