It would be an understatement to say starting pitcher Alex Sanabia has been a major disappointment in 2013. Going into Monday’s start, Sanabia owned a 5.00 ERA and a 5.89 FIP. He had just two more strikeouts than walks on the season.
He finally delivered a decent start for the Marlins against the Phillies on Monday night, but it was something else he did that caught the attention of the baseball world.
Alex Sanabia is in the middle of a spitball scandal after a video showed Alex spitting in the direction of the baseball after a Domonic Brown home run. While there is no proof that the spitball benefited Sanabia, he broke the rules and there is a chance that he could face discipline from the MLB.
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Alex Sanabia Might Be In Trouble For Spitballing | Fangraphs
Let me preface all of this by saying that it’s always possible that a quick video replay could be missing necessary context and misrepresenting what actually happened. There is some uncertainty when viewing events from afar, especially in a narrow timespan. It is possible that what you’re about to see isn’t what it looks like.
It remains to be seen what Major League Baseball will do, if anything, to right-hander Alex Sanabia of the Miami Marlins for spitting on the ball Monday night. Umpires didn’t seem to notice. The Philadelphia Phillies didn’t seem to notice. Broadcasters didn’t either. But fans did.
You know the story. Jeffrey Loria bought the Montreal Expos, ran them into the ground, then swapped them for the Florida Marlins. For the next 10 years, he ran, essentially, a skeleton operation, at one point so brazenly failing to compete that Major League Baseball started leaning on him to spend more on player salaries. He argued that, as a multimillionaire, he couldn’t make enough of a profit unless the taxpayers of Miami-Dade County (who have a median household income of $43,957, and 17.9 percent of whom live below the poverty line, according to the latest census figures) bought him a new stadium.
Alex Sanabia and the potential spitball incident | Fishstripes
Numerous sources spotted Alex Sanabia spitting on the baseball after giving up a Domonic Brown home run in last night’s 5-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.
Now the good news, it looks like the Sanabia spitball incident will die quietly without a suspension from the league. That could be good or bad news from a Marlins fan perspective, as seeing Sanabia pitch again could be as bad as the embarrassment involved in his alleged baseball crime.
The newest controversy to attach itself to the Marlins doesn’t appear to have much of a shelf life. Video captured from Monday’s Philadelphia broadcast briefly showed Marlins starter Alex Sanabia spitting on a new baseball tossed to him moments after Domonic Brown deposited the previous one in the sparsely filled right-field seats.
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After dropping his last five decisions, right hander Alex Sanabia tossed 6.1 strong innings, allowing only one run off seven hits, picking up the win. The Marlins scored five runs on eleven hits, led by Justin Ruggiano’s 2 RBI night. Miami did not draw a walk all night against Philadelphia, including the starter Cole Hamels who apparently stormed out of the clubhouse after the game.
The Marlins made a surprising call up in promoting Jordan Brown to replace Matt Diaz, as he heads to the disabled list. Bryan Petersen seems to have been the better offensive option for the Fish, as he owns a slash line of .280/.390/.472 coming into play today. He picked up another hit and drew two walks on Monday.
The Miami Marlins have won two straight ballgames and will be seeking their third consecutive victory Tuesday night against the Philadelphia Phillies. The Marlins have to feel comfortable about their chances, as they send out their best pitcher in 2013 and rookie phenom, Jose Fernandez. The Phillies will counter with Tyler Cloyd.
The Marlins’ team winning streak against the Phillies was snapped at 3 games on Tuesday night as the Phillies beat the Fish 7-3. Miami had taken the first game of the series 5-1, and also won the last two games in which the teams squared off by a combined score of 16-2.