Not surprisingly the return of Giancarlo Stanton has coincided with an eruption, by Marlins standards anyway, in offense. The Marlins took 2 out of 3 games against the National League’s best team thanks to their second best run total for a series this season. The team’s 19 runs scored against the Cardinals was bettered only by the 24 runs they scored in sweeping the Mets two weeks ago. The leader of the offense has been Stanton with a .400 average and 2 home runs since returning from the Disabled List.
It’s not a coincidence that the Marlins’ offense is starting to heat up now that Giancarlo Stanton is back in the lineup.
Starting Friday against the Cardinals, the Marlins have to win three of their next five games to avoid an inauspicious feat. Anything worse than 3-2 and the Marlins will become the 17th team since 1961 to have a winning percentage of .300 or lower through 70 games.
Miguel Olivo looked at the lineup card in the Marlins’ clubhouse before Friday’s game and saw the same thing again – his name was not among the starters. Olivo, a veteran catcher for 12 seasons, had been stewing for the last few weeks about his lack of playing time.
As it turns out, Kevin Slowey‘s too-good-to-be-true start in 2013 was just that. Now, that’s not to say that the Miami Marlins hurler can’t be good, of course. After all, he did get his 2013 season off to a fantastic start, allowing more than one run in just two out his first seven outings, good enough to carry 1.81/0.94 ERA/WHIP through his first 44.2 innings.
Donovan Solano hit a go-ahead grand slam to help New Orleans win, while Anthony DeSclafani and Justin Nicolino pitched in the Florida State League All-Star Game.
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Let me tell you a story about a legendary ninja. This mythical ninja can throw a fire ball at super human speed. Some say he is 10 feet tall (he’s actually 6’5), weighing over 1000 pounds (200 lbs), and has ice water running through his veins (okay that one might be true). This Herculean ninja’s name is Steve Cishek! Why is Cishek a ninja? Well welcome to part 3 of my trip to the Fan Cave. Let’s find out why Cishek is a ninja.
St. Louis Cardinals @ Miami Marlins Game Preview: Saturday, June 14th 4:10 PM EST (Game 67)
The Miami Marlins rode a career night from their sensational rookie phenom, Jose Fernandez, to a victory over the best team in baseball on Friday night. Fernandez struck 0ut 10 hitters in his seven innings of work and limited the Cards to just two earned runs. His 10 strikeouts were a milestone for a pitcher under the age of 21, as he was the first to do so since Felix Hernandez in 2007.
What do you get when you mix a pool table, Marlins Players, a diehard fan, and table tennis? This is part two of my first day at the MLB Fan Cave. I left off with the dwellers and me scarfing down the buffet that the draftees left. It’s time to find out what happens when the players crash the cave
The Marlins surprised the league, as they defeated the powerful St. Louis Cardinals 5-4 in Miami. This is the first of three game set at Marlins Park and the Cardinals came in hot with the best batting average and ERA in the month of June. The Marlins sent its star rookie Jose Fernandez to the hill against recently reinstated veteran Jake Westbrook.
Catcher Miguel Olivo took what was only his sixth walk of the season last night, leaving the team after the Marlins denied his request to be released. The veteran catcher has since been placed on the restricted list and cannot seek other employment.
The Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals missed a potential Jose Fernandez-Shelby Miller matchup by just two days. Fernandez, 20, is having a great rookie season, but has been outpaced by fellow rookie, Miller. The Marlins will instead get to face Jake Westbrook, who will be making his first start since the beginning of May.
Now that I have had a few days to calm down and let things sink in, I can finally put my fingers to the keys and talk about what is easily the greatest baseball moment I have ever experienced. This past weekend I got to spend time in New York as the Ultimate Marlins Fan Cave Crasher!