Despite losing two of three games over the weekend to the New York Mets, the Miami Marlins had some bright spots to give their fans at least a glimmer of hope for what promises to be a long and difficult season. The team’s bats finally awoke in New York after being put to sleep in Washington and manager Mike Redmond celebrated his first victory. However, the big story was the exceptional debut of 20-year-old starting pitcher Jose Fernandez on Sunday.
Joe Frisaro has the story on how Jose Fernandez felt during his debut with comments from Fernandez and Redmond.
Despite the excitement over the young Cuban right hander, Juan C. Rodriguez does not believe his starts will increase attendance any.
The Marlins are surprisingly expecting over 30,000 fans to attend the home opener, but expect things to fall off quickly from there. Joe Capozzi has comments from the always entertaining fantasy world of David Samson.
The Marlins called up catcher Kyle Skipworth on Friday after putting Casey Kotchman on the DL. Clark Spencer discusses the Marlins limited options that forced the move.
Joe Capozzi also has the almost comical scene that took place at Citi Field before the game where five Marlins worked on taking grounder at first base, but had to share three first basemen’s mitts between them.
S Gelm over at Fish Stripes has the story on the struggles currently facing the Marlins at the first base position.
Spencer Fordin provides an update on the rehab for Logan Morrison and Christian Yelich.
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Andy Salgado recaps the Marlins 4-3 loss to the Mets on Sunday which included the debut of Jose Fernandez.
Placido Estevez takes a stab at predicting Jose Fernandez’s season by looking back at the records of 20-year-old starting pitchers from the recent past.
Geoff Parkins has the recap on the Marlins loss despite connecting for 11 hits.
James C. Eztbach Jr. has the story on the Marlins first victory of the 2013 season.
Ehsan Kassom chatted with Matt Musico of Rising Apple to preview the series against the Mets.