It’s been a long winter this year with inclement weather causing snow outs, rain outs, and frost outs of baseball games all over the northern part of the country in the early part of the season. While the weather has been just fine at home for the Miami Marlins, their grizzly bear of a slugger Giancarlo Stanton seemed to be hibernating through the first three weeks’ worth of games. Well the grizzly awoke this past weekend against the Chicago Cubs and in a big way. Stanton slammed his first 3 home runs of the season including one that may or may not be the longest ever at Marlins Park as Juan C. Rodriguez explains:
For a minute Saturday night it seemed Giancarlo Stanton’s first homer of 2013 also was the longest ever hit at Marlins Park. The team gave an estimated distance of 472 feet on the bash to left, which cleared the auxiliary scoreboard.
It got to be a routine over the last few weeks where Giancarlo Stanton would shrug and joke with reporters who asked when he would hit his first home run of the season. A little more than a week ago, I asked him if he remembered when he hit his first home run last year. “Yeah, on April 28th,” he said. “This year I’ll have to hit it on the 27th.”
Even though the Miami Marlins (6-19) have the worst record in Major League Baseball, at least outfielder Giancarlo Stanton is doing everything in his power to keep the team afloat. The right-handed batter’s hot streak at the plate is the only light being shed on the fan base at the moment.
Marlins catcher Rob Brantly believes he had just begun to hit his stride when last season ended. The rookie catcher, acquired via a midseason trade with the Tigers, finished with a .290 batting average, three home runs, eight doubles and eight RBIs in 31 games. In September, he recorded a nine-game hitting streak.
Although the Miami Marlins didn’t expect Juan Pierre to be hitting above .300 from the leadoff spot to begin the year, Pierre has struggled to get on base to begin the season. This has hindered his run towards 600 stolen bases.
That’s the best description of the games in the series between the hapless Chicago Cubs and the woebegone Miami Marlins that began Thursday night in Marlins Park. How bad are both teams?
Here at Marlin Maniac:
The Miami Marlins finally got a series against an opponent as lowly as them, unfortunately they were not able to take advantage of the Chicago Cubs in a four-game series at home. Although Giancarlo Stanton went deep three times in the series, the Marlins were only able to capture one of the four games.
Welcome to this week’s edition of The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly Marlins recap. Today we are going to do something different. Welcome to this season’s first The Good, The Bad, and The Great! I could find something Ugly about this game, but it was a victory so we are going to focus on The Good and The Great today. The quick recap— The Good: We beat the Cubs 6-4, The Bad: Steve Cishek gave up a home run in the 9th, and The Great is Giancarlo Stanton! For a more in-depth recap enjoy the rest of the article.
A few things were different in Saturday’s game against the Cubs: Giancarlo Stanton hit his first home run of the year, and it was Mike Dunn who blew the lead rather than Steve Cishek. But the more things change, the more things stay the same: the Marlins had almost no offense, and – get this – they lost.