The Miami Marlins have yet to put together back-to-back wins this season. It’s not terribly surprising as the Marlins have battled injuries, played against a respectable slew of opponents and have a hard time scoring runs. All that aside, one would think the Marlins could accidentally win a couple games in a row in the near future. Their best chance at a winning streak was blown in the 9th against the Cubs last night. Apart from a stinky performance from our Fish this week, there were a few more narratives surrounding Miami.
Remember when Ricky Nolasco was scheduled to pitch game one of the Twins doubleheader and Jose Fernandez the second? Remember when the two were mysteriously flipped hours before the game? It was only Tuesday, you should remember these things. Either way, Jeff Passan, Yahoo! Expert has the scoop on Jeffrey Loria’s alleged involvement with the switch.
Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald has the story of Loria’s response to Passan’s article. The story also includes a quote from Ricky Nolasco’s disgruntled agent. Loria repeatedly denied tinkering with the pitching rotation, and dropped this great line, via Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports:
“I was engaged in discussions in the world about pictures, as in paintings, not pitchers, guys who can or can’t paint the strike zone.”
Never change, Loria.
Juan C. Rodriguez of the Sun Sentinel has the story on Kevin Slowey’s difference in performance and results. Slowey isn’t pitching bad, but has gone winless during his five starts.
Bored with Jeffrey Loria’s Marlins | SB Nation
Marc Normandin of SB Nation, like many of us, is getting a bit jaded with Jeffrey Loria’s weird dumb crap. He’s a jerk that nobody likes so consistently that while we should be angry with his latest episode, most of us are laughingly shrugging it off like we would a punch line in a family-friendly sitcom. (That’s so Loria!) There’s a .gif of a cat in there too.
Hechavarria progressing, taking grounders | Fish Pond
For some good news, Joe Frisaro of the Fish Pond reports that Adeiny Hechavarra could return very shortly. Frisaro also provides updates for some of the other injured Fish such as Nathan Eovaldi and Casey Kotchman.
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Contributor Geoff Parkins offers readers a riddle. What could those names have in common? Something about managers? It’s hard to tell, better click on that link.
The Marlins acquired more help in the “pitching the baseball” area of their game by claiming Duane Below off waivers. Below will begin at triple-A but is likely to see some time in the majors. It’s not known whether he’ll be in the bullpen or start, but I can’t wait to make his last name a clever pun for a headline.
Chicago Cubs @ Miami Marlins Game Preview: Thursday, April 25th 7:10 PM EST (Game 22)
Preview and lineups of Thursday’s game.
It’s a simple question, really. Marlins fans are wondering just how bad our team could be. Contributor Placido Estevez bring the analysis to answer this questions. Also there is a poll! Go vote in it!
Marlins Maniac editor Ehsan Kassim had a nice chat with Joe Han of Cubbies Crib and discussed the state of the Cubs and Marlins, two struggling ball clubs.
Here, you will find in-depth analysis of the matchup between the Chicago Cubs and Miami Marlins series from Ehsan.
Justen Rosenberg sums up the disappointing loss from last night in this recap.
The reports are in: Ricky Nolasco’s agent isn’t happy with the Marlins. Me neither, man! Click this link for quotes.
Ehsan previews game two of the Marlins/Cubs matchup, as Miami tries to bounce back from a late-inning punch-in-the-gut of a loss from Thursday.