Lucas Duda likely will start in left field on Saturday. He should be playing there regularly for as long as Jason Bay (rib cage) is on the disabled list.Ramirez hopes to erupt in 2011 Hanley Ramirez is looking forward to this season from a team and personal standpoint. After a down year by his standards in 2010 (.300 average, 21 homers and 76 RBIs), Ramirez is looking to return to his 2009 form, when he was the NL batting champion with a .341 average. Marlins skipper Edwin Rodriguez believes that's just what will happen. "I think we're going to see the old Hanley, not only on the field," Rodriguez said. "I think we're going to see the Hanley of '09. He's ready. He's physically ready and mentally ready to put up the performance he did in 2009." Like Ramirez, Chris Coghlan also is confident this season will be better than last. After the Marlins rallied to beat the Braves on July 25, 2010, Coghlan tore a ligament in his knee while shoving a shaving cream-filled towel in the face of Wes Helms, who delivered a walk-off single. Now the former NL Rookie of the Year winner is ready to perform like he did in 2009. "I'm excited. It's going to be a great year," Coghlan said. "I'm just going to continue to take care of my body and not pie anyone in the face. I think I should be all right." Worth noting
For the second straight Opening Day, the Mets and Marlins squared off. And for the second straight season, the home team won. New York bested Florida, 7-1, last year at Citi Field. ... Logan Morrison, who made his debut on July 28 of last year, homered on the first Opening Day of his career. ... Nolasco has struggled against the Mets in his career (5-6, 5.46 ERA in 20 games, 18 starts), but found success against them last season. In 2010, Nolasco was 2-0 with a 3.96 ERA in four starts against New York.