Feb 22, 2013; Jupiter, FL, USA; Miami Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna (68) poses for a picture during photo day at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Marlins Way: Miami Marlins Defense Struggling Early On


May 6, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; General view of the scoreboard after the San Diego Padres shut out the Miami Marlins 5-0 at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

One of the few strengths for the Miami Marlins coming into this season was supposed to be their defense. That has not however played out like manager Mike Redmond envisioned so far.

“I’m not happy about it,” Redmond said. “We talked all spring about how it would be one of our strengths — our defense. We’re giving the other team way too many extra opportunities. You can’t do that and win ballgames. Even when we had a couple plays we probably should have made that didn’t go for errors we didn’t make plays on them either. We’ll improve. When we do that we’ll start winning more ballgames.”

No play better describes the Marlins defensive woes than when catcher Rob Brantly dropped an easy popup that would have been the third out of the first inning in Monday nights game. The botched play led the Padres to score their first run of the game, which turned out to be the game winning run for the Padres.

The Marlins have made 27 errors so far this season, tied for the most in the majors with the Chicago Cubs. Fangraphs has the Marlins ranked as the fourth worst defense according to UZR. Fangraphs also rates the Marlins as the fifth worst in terms of range.

 

PHOTOSHOP MAKES THE MARLINS LESS SUCKY, PART I | Strip Club with Stanton

This season stinks. I’m not even gonna try and fight it. The Marlins lost again yesterday. They’re dead last in like everything. Might as well use Photoshop for the greater good and try to have some fun while we’re all stuck here watching this mess.

 

May 6, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Miami Marlins first short stop Adeiny Hechavarria (3) fields ground balls prior to the game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Marlins’ Adeiny Hechavarria and the encouraging tale of Emilio Bonifacio | Fishstripes

Miami Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria has some questionable skills at the plate, but the history of Emilio Bonifacio‘s development can be a positive comparison for the young shortstop.

Miami Marlins offense improving, still terrible | Fishstripes

In the absence of Giancarlo Stanton, the Miami Marlins’ offense has improved, showing that they are regressing to the mean. But no one is mistaking them for a good offense yet.

No Major League Soccer in Orlando? Blame the Miami Marlins | Orlando Sentinel

In many ways, sports teams and leagues are like children.

You have the spoiled brats who are used to getting everything they want when they want it. And when they don’t, they hold their breath, stomp their feet and threaten to take their ball and go home.

Miami Marlins to close upper bowl for some games | Miami Herald 

The Marlins, whose attendance ranks last in the National League five weeks into the season, have decided to close the upper bowl at Marlins Park for at least some weeknight games — an approach the team used at times at Sun Life Stadium.

 

Marcell Ozuna, Miami Marlins Prospect, Has ‘Light-Tower Power’ | Yahoo! Sports

The Dominican-born outfielder cuts an imposing figure as he sets into the right side of the plate. During his short stint with the Miami Marlins, No. 48 has laced pitches into white streaks that bounce off walls before they are finished rising. Ozuna, 22, has made a strong case as a name to track throughout the summer as he acts as a right-field replacement for the injured Giancarlo Stanton.

Stock Up, Stock Down for Miami Marlins’ Top 10 Prospects for Week of April 29 | Bleacher Report

With each passing day, the Miami Marlins look more like a minor league team.

Earlier this week, the Marlins promoted another promising prospect to the majors, which means four of their top prospects have already started their big league service time. On the bright side, some of those prospects have contributed to the Marlins winning five of their last eight after a dreadful 5-19 start.

Ozuna well short of Pierre’s career-opening hit streak | Sun-Sentinel

Juan Pierre, from Aug. 8-23, 2000, was credited with a 16-game streak to start his major league tenure with the Rockies. The run was somewhat different. Whereas Ozuna has started each of his first seven games, including Monday’s late series opener at Petco Park, Pierre made his major league debut as a pinch-runner and did not hit. The streak began in his second game.

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Miami Marlins @ San Diego Padres Series Preview: Could Jedd Gyorko Win Rookie Of The Year?

The Miami Marlins are winners of five of their previous eight games. The Marlins are aiming for their second three game winning streak of the season, as they roll into San Diego to take on the Padres. The team has started hitting of late and hope to keep their bats hot as they hit the spacious Petco Park.

Series Preview: Miami Marlins @ San Diego Padres May 6-8, Games 33-35

Winners of five of their previous eight games, the suddenly hot Miami Marlins travel to San Diego to take on the Padres. The Marlins won’t have an easy opponent in the Padres, as they come into this series winners of seven of their previous ten games.

Miami Marlins @ San Diego Padres Game Preview: Monday, May 6th 10:10 PM EST (Game 33)

The Miami Marlins and San Diego Padres will kick off the first game of their three game series tonight. Luckily for Miami fans, the game will start after the Miami Heat finish up their second round matchup against the Chicago Bulls.

Miami Marlins’ Jose Fernandez: Pitching Mechanics Analysis

Last Saturday, Jose Fernandez threw seven innings of one-hit baseball. At 20 years old, Fernandez is showing signs of being the Marlins’ rotation ace. It seems like it might be a good time to review his pitching mechanics.

Miami Marlins News: Donovan Solano To DL; More Injury Updates

The injuries are the only thing that is adding up faster than the losses for the Miami Marlins in 2013. The team took another hit yesterday when second baseman Donovan Solano was placed on the disabled list with discomfort in his left side. Solano was a late scratch from the lineup Saturday night against the Philadelphia Phillies and has not played in the Marlins three games since. Solano was replaced Chris Valaika at second base.

Miami Marlins Silenced By San Diego Padres 5-0

In last night’s west coast night cap matchup between the Miami Marlins and the San Deigo Padres, the Marlins ecently surging offense was put to rest by San Diego’s Andrew Cashner. Cashner (2-2) pitched 7.1 scoreless innings, with the Marlins managing just four hits and three walks against him. Wade LeBlanc (0-5) took the hill for the Marlins. LeBlanc allowed four runs on four hits and three walks. He nearly stranded a first-inning runner until an ugly Rob Brantly error allowed a run. LeBlanc allowed runners in each of his innings except the fifth.

Miami Marlins @ San Diego Padres Game Preview: Tuesday, May 7th 10:10 PM EST (Game 34)

After dropping the first game of the series, the Miami Marlins will try to bounce back on Tuesday night and even the series against the San Diego Padres. The Marlins will have to do so behind a pitcher that many Marlins fans are ready to see return to the minors, Alex Sanabia. The Padres will counter with Eric Stults.

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