The Marlins opened the season this week, getting swept by the Washington Nationals in three games in part to silent bats and piling injuries. The team hopes to get their offense on track in the upcoming series against the New York Mets.
Some offensive woes can be linked with the Miami’s first basemen staying healthy, with Casey Kotchman being the most recent addition to the first basemen graveyard. Kotchman joins fellow first basemen Logan Morrison and Joe Mahoney on the DL. Through the injuries, Greg Dobbs has emerged as the emergency replacement for first, although the Marlins aren’t opposed to considering other internal options.
Joe Frisaro expands on the first base situation, brainstorming about other replacement options and the status of the 40-man roster for the Mets series.
Perhaps the most interesting storyline concerning the Marlins is the status of their excellent outfield set to play in Double-A Jacksonville. Juan C. Rodriguez of the Sun-Sentinel outlines the injuries to Christian Yelich, Jake Marisnick, and Marcell Ozuna—all three appear on the Marlins top 10 prospects list, and all three are starting the Minor League season the DL.
With the Marlins dry on runs throughout most of the Nationals series, it was easy to overlook the pitching performances during the series. Michael Long offers advanced analysis into Kevin Slowey’s start on Wednesday.
ESPN’s David Schoenfield posted an expansive overview of the Marlin’s “fishy” history during its 20-year career. Schoenfield discusses shady management, disgruntled ex-players, and fans’ loathing for Jeffery Loria.