The right-hander could be facing his future employer Friday night when the struggling San Diego Padres try to prevent the Marlins from a season-best fourth straight victory.
Nolasco (4-7, 3.68 ERA), in the final season of a three-year, $26.5 million deal, is expected to be moved before the July 31 deadline.
"I'm just blocking all that other stuff out," he told the Marlins' official website after giving up three runs in 5 2-3 innings of a 6-3 win at San Francisco last Friday.
Nolasco has posted a 2.87 ERA in his past seven starts and is coveted by several clubs in a pitching-thin market.
San Diego (39-40) has been rumored to be one of the teams trying to acquire the 30-year-old Southern California native. Padres starters have a 2.92 ERA over the last 16 games, but general manager Josh Byrnes says San Diego is looking to add an arm.
"I think we're spending our time and energy talking about it," he told the Padres' official website. "This is a good team, but there's areas we'll try to improve on."
Teams usually head to Miami to improve their record, but the Marlins (27-50) are playing far better than their major league-worst mark indicates. They've won 11 of 17 after opening a six-game homestand with a pair of victories over Minnesota."Right now, guys are playing with a lot of confidence and having fun," starter Tom Koehler said following a 5-3 victory Wednesday.
Miami has posted a 2.22 ERA in the past 10 games.
Edinson Volquez (5-6, 5.67) has gone 4-0 with a 1.74 ERA in five career starts against Miami, but the right-hander is coming off a shaky outing. He walked a career high-tying seven and allowed five runs - two earned - in 5 2-3 innings of a 6-1 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday.
Volquez didn't allow a hit until the sixth inning.
Poor defense has been a major factor in the Padres' 1-4 stretch. Three of their eight errors in those games came in a 7-5, 13-inning loss to Philadelphia on Wednesday, and the team has allowed six unearned runs in the past five contests."We place great pride in our defense," said Black, whose team is among NL leaders in fielding percentage at .987. "But this is a human game and guys are not invincible to errors and that happens."
The Padres, averaging 3.3 runs during a 3-6 slide, could get a lift if second baseman Jedd Gyorko returns from injury Friday. Gyorko, leading all rookies with 66 hits, went 2 for 9 with a homer as San Diego outscored the visiting Marlins 11-1 in a sweep May 6-8.
Chase Headley and Will Venable were a combined 10 for 20 in that series after each got two hits off Nolasco - the only hits he allowed - in the finale. Nolasco struck out nine and gave up one run and four hits in seven innings but suffered a 1-0 loss.
He's used to pitching with little room for error, as his 2.78 run-support average is among the lowest in baseball.
The Marlins' last four-game win streak was June 27-July 1, 2012.
|San Diego Padres|
|June 22, 2013||Clayton Richard||15-Day DL||Left shoulder strain|
|June 17, 2013||Everth Cabrera||15-Day DL||Strained left hamstring|
|June 15, 2013||Carlos Quentin||Day-to-Day||Sore left shoulder|
|June 11, 2013||Cameron Maybin||Day-to-Day||Sore knee|
|June 10, 2013||Cameron Maybin||15-Day DL||Strained left knee|
|June 10, 2013||Jedd Gyorko||15-Day DL||Strained right groin|
|June 25, 2013||Justin Ruggiano||Day-to-Day||Sore left shoulder|
|June 09, 2013||Chris Coghlan||15-Day DL||Right calf irritation|
|June 09, 2013||Casey Kotchman||15-Day DL||Strained left oblique|
|May 27, 2013||Alex Sanabia||15-Day DL||Right groin discomfort|
|May 19, 2013||Matt Diaz||15-Day DL||Left knee bone contusion|
|May 08, 2013||Chris Valaika||15-Day DL||Fractured left wrist|
MIAMI (AP) -- With Ricky Nolasco on the trade market, the San Diego Padres liked what they saw.
Their hitters did, anyway.
Will Venable drove in three runs and Logan Forsythe hit a two-run homer Friday night to help San Diego beat Nolasco and the Miami Marlins , 9-2.
Nolasco (4-8) allowed six runs and 11 hits in five-plus innings to match or surpass his worst effort of the season in all three categories. San Diego is among the teams believed to be interested in the right-hander, who is the Marlins' leader in career victories.
"I'm sure there were a lot of scouts in the stands watching," Padres manager Bud Black said.
Nolasco said recent trade talk didn't affect his performance.
"You read about it and see it on the Internet," Nolasco said. "But my job is to focus on what I have to do every fifth day. Just because I didn't get it done today doesn't mean I'm not focusing or trying everything I can."
Nolasco is on the market because he is by far the highest-paid player for cost-conscious Miami, and he becomes a free agent after the season. He predicted teams interested in him won't be dissuaded by his latest outing.
"Whether I pitched good or bad tonight, I don't think that's going to dictate what kind of pitcher I am or what they're going to get," he said.
Black said the Padres had a good plan against Nolasco, who threw 110 pitches.
"We drove his pitch count up early, so he was stressed and working hard," Black said. "That takes its toll on a pitcher for sure. The mistakes that he did make, we did some damage."
Venable and Forsythe each had three of the Padres' 15 hits. Edinson Volquez (6-6) gave up two runs in six innings for the Padres, who have outscored Miami 20-3 this season while winning all four games.
The Marlins' loss snapped a three-game winning streak that matched their longest this year. It was the first time in the past 11 games that they've allowed more than three runs.
Miami managed at least one hit in each of the first eight innings but went 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position.
"We weren't crisp," manager Mike Redmond said. "We didn't give them our best."
Volquez struck out eight, including six looking, and lowered his ERA to 5.50. He also singled and scored.
"I felt great," Volquez said. "Everything was working tonight."
The Padres made it 1-all in the second when Chase Headley singled, stole second and scored on Venable's two-out single. They took the lead for good in the third when Volquez singled and Forsythe hit his third homer.
With San Diego ahead 3-2, Miami had a runner at second base when Venable charged from right field and made a diving catch of Nolasco's soft fly to end the fourth inning.
"I didn't think he was going to catch it," Nolasco said. "I was more worried about getting thrown out at first."
The Padres ended Nolasco's night with four consecutive hits to start the sixth. Yasmani Grandal and Venable hit RBI singles, and another run scored on an error by shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria .
"I couldn't put those guys away in the sixth, and a decent ballgame turns into a terrible one," Nolasco said.
When asked if he thought he had pitched his final game for Miami, Nolasco said: "I'm the wrong person to ask that question. I'm not thinking like that."
NOTES: Padres 2B Jedd Gyorko , who aggravated his strained right groin while on a rehabilitation assignment Wednesday with Double-A San Antonio, rejoined the Padres to undergo treatment and is expected to miss at least a few more games. He said he felt much better than when he was first hurt June 9. ... San Diego SS Everth Cabrera (strained hamstring) took part in pregame drills and might come off the disabled list Tuesday, the first day he's eligible to return. He's expected to go on a brief rehabilitation assignment before being activated. ... The barrel of Logan Morrison 's shattered bat flew into the 13th row when he grounded out in the eighth, but no one was hurt. ... The Padres signed OF Jordan Paroubeck, the 69th overall selection in this month's draft, and have signed 18 of their first 19 picks. ... Headley is 8 for 18 (.444) against Nolasco.