As the Miami Marlins begin making plans for next season, Jacob Turner is making his case to be part of that future.
Turner and the Marlins open a three-game road series against the slumping New York Mets, coming off an ugly home loss, on Friday night.
Expected to contend for the NL East title, Miami begins its final road trip - a six-game stretch that also stops in Atlanta - 18 games under .500, matching a season worst.
"It's hard to believe we're going on the road trip not fighting for the pennant race," manager Ozzie Guillen told the Marlins' official website. "When we built this ballclub, we thought these next six games would be very fun. ... We're very embarrassed. But we've got to continue to play."
The Marlins (66-84), in last place in the NL East - one-half game back of New York - dropped two of three to Atlanta this week, losing 3-0 Wednesday.
Miami managed five hits as Giancarlo Stanton missed a third straight game with a strained muscle in his side.
Stanton, who coul...