The Miami Marlins played inspired baseball to win the final two games of their series over the weekend against the Philadelphia Phillies, including a 14-2 blowout on Sunday. It appears that inspiration may have come from an unflattering newspaper story in the Delaware County Daily Times. The headline called the team the “Sadsack Marlins” and went on to compare them to a team mascot. The story includes this particularly derogatory line:
Like a good mascot, the Marlins help you find joy on the deadest night, are easy to laugh at and occasionally wear silly brightly colored clothing. Where they go from a good mascot to great is if they are in the building, there is a very good chance the other team is going to win
A Marlins team employee posted the headline in the clubhouse and it appears that the team took notice:
The Marlins are 2-0 since a team employee posted a newspaper article on the clubhouse wall Saturday morning.
Marcell Ozuna’s first impression has certainly been a good one. The 22-year-old right fielder has provided an immediate boost to the Marlins.
Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez was very excited to travel to Pennsylvania this weekend. Not because he was going to get a chance to pitch against the talented Philadelphia Phillies, but the fact that he was finally going to get to meet his idol, starter Cliff Lee.
The plunder of 600 stolen bases was laid out around Juan Pierre’s locker late Thursday night. The lineup card from the Miami Marlins’ 7-2 loss to the Phillies was displayed with the uprooted base where Pierre attained the milestone.
An expected strength has been a weakness for the Marlins this season. Heading into the year, the club anticipated having a solid defense. But blunders in the field have repeatedly happened. The Marlins had committed 23 errors entering Saturday, tied with the Cubs for the second most in the National League. The Nationals had made 24 errors.
The Marlins’ mega-trade with Toronto is beginning to looked cursed — for both teams. On the same day the Blue Jays placed pitcher Josh Johnson on the disabled list with arm problems, Marlins manager Mike Redmond said pitcher Henderson Alvarez sustained a “setback” in his recovery from right-shoulder inflammation and has stopped throwing.
Here at Marlin Maniac:
At the beginning of the season, there was legitimate concern about how bad the Marlins lineup could be in 2013. There were age and durability questions surrounding Placido Polanco and Juan Pierre. Adeiny Hechavarria was not expected to hit much, but stay afloat because of his defense at short stop. Questions were asked if Justin Ruggiano could repeat his 2012 season after being a career quad-A player.
How do you top Jose Fernandez 1st MLB career win, beating the Philadelphia Phillies 2-0? How about today’s game? Welcome to this season’s first The Good, The Great, and The Hech Marlins Recap. I’m so excited so let us just begin. Quick recap– The Good: We beat Phillies 14-2 giving us our 2nd straight victory; The Great: Kevin Slowey’s pitching, Marcell Ozuna’s bat, and Justin Ruggiano’s bat and glove, and The Hech: His name is Adeiny Hechavarria!
Baseball is a very complicated sport to analyze, things change and happen very quickly, often from game to game. Jose Fernandez has been one of the few bright spots for the Marlins this year. As a rookie pitcher and a stud prospect at that, Fernandez will be over-analyzed this year and even next. The press, executives, scouts, fantasy baseball owners and especially Marlins fans will be looking at every one of his starts to see what changes from game to game. Yesterday, Fernandez looked dominant. Today I want to break down what Pitch F/X saw in Fernandez’ start.
The Miami Marlins will look to bounce back and even their four-game series with the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday afternoon. They will do so with their most consistent pitcher taking the mound. Slowey has the 10th best ERA (2.15) in the National League, but has received just a measly average run support of 1.33 in his first six starts. While Slowey’s 3.14 FIP suggests that regression should be on it’s way, it still has been a joy watching Slowey early on.
Austin Kearns had to suddenly leave the Miami Marlins yesterday to attend to a personal matter. As was expected, the Marlins placed Kearns on the bereavement list today and recalled catcher Kyle Skipworth.
Jose Fernandez gave up a first inning single to Freddy Galvis on Saturday night, and then didn’t give up anything more, as the Marlins beat the Phillies 2-0 behind a gem of a pitching performance by the youngster. Fernandez retired 17 in a row after allowing the single until he walked Galvis in the 7th inning.
After dropping the first two games in the series, the Marlins will turn to their young phenom, Jose Fernandez. The Marlins will try to avoid another series loss behind Fernandez, who will be opposed by Cole Hamels of the Phillies.
Have not done a link dump for the latest news around the National League East in a while, but am going to start doing this on a weekly basis going forward. Let’s check out all the latest happenings in the NL East:
The Miami Marlins will try to bounce back and even their series with the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night. The Marlins kept the game close last night, until the Phillies offense exploded in the eight inning and put the game out of reach for the Marlins.
Another game for the Miami Marlins and yet another loss for the struggling fish. Although they were able to put together a nice little win streak of three games, the Marlins are back to the square one as they have now lost their previous two games. So far this season has been one of much disappointment for fans and although there weren’t exactly high expectations set coming into the season, the fact that the Marlins are tied with the Houston Astros for the worst record in the league (8-21), is quite upsetting.