The Maimi Marlins completed a three game sweep of the New York Mets with an 11-6 victory on Sunday at Marlins Park. It was the Marlins first sweep of the season and gives them a 6-3 record on the season against the Mets and a 10-38 record against all other teams they have faced.
The winning pitcher was Wade Leblanc who was credited with a deceiving 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief. The box score does not show that Leblanc entered the game with two Mets on base and would allow two runs to score that would be charged to starter Kevin Slowey. Especially damning is that one of the runs was driven in on a single by left handed hitting Ike Davis, a player hitting .160 on the season against left handed pitchers. Precisely the type of hitter Leblanc should shut down. The end result is that Leblanc was designated for assignment after the game and the Marlins continue to shuffle arms through their bullpen.
The Marlins will reinstate first baseman Casey Kotchman from the 15-day disabled list on Monday after optioning outfielder Jordan Brown to Triple-A New Orleans on Sunday. The club will also designate left-hander Wade LeBlanc for assignment on Monday and recall left-hander Edgar Olmos from Double-A Jacksonville.
All three of the Marlins affiliates that played on Saturday came out victorious. Adam Conley had a very impressive start for Double-A Jacksonville.
In his latest column for SI.com, Tom Verducci notes that Major League Baseball’s attendance is down 2.9 this season, which is fairly significant number. However, as he also reveals, those numbers are a bit skewed by a certain organization in the National League East. I’ll give you one guess.
The Marlins are off to the worst start in franchise history after 56 games — 15-41, on pace to finish with 119 losses. That would come close to breaking the modern record for big-league ineptitude set by the 1962 expansion New York Mets, who finished 40-120 in their inaugural season.
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That was a ball game! Welcome to the latest edition The Good, The Bad, and The Hitters Marlins recap. Let’s start off with a quick recap— The Good: the Marlins won 11-6; The Bad: Kevin Slowey’s short day; and The Hitters: the multiple Marlin players with multi-hits this game. Now with that out of the way, let’s move on to the full recap!
The wave of Miami Marlins players returning from the disabled list is going to start Monday, as the Miami Marlins will activate first baseman Casey Kotchman off the disabled list. Jordan Brown was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans after the Marlins 11-6 victory over the New York Mets to accommodate Kotchman on the active roster.
Winners of a series for the just the second time this season, the Miami Marlins will look to pick up their first series sweep of the season on Sunday. The Marlins have played their best baseball the past two games, which has been led by dominant pitching and timely hitting. The Marlins are an amazing 5-3 against the New York Mets in 2013.
Kevin Mattison has the worst stat line I have ever seen in professional baseball. He didn’t just pick up one hat trick, but he had two. Striking out three times in a baseball game, but six is amazing. Mattison owns a .254/.302/.424 slash line. He has struck out 49 times in 127 plate appearances.
On Saturday night, everything clicked for the Marlins. Jose Fernandez was on his game, the offense knew how to hit and score runs, and the stars aligned to allow the Marlins to clinch their second series win since winning the three-game set against the Mets a month ago.