As of June 21st, 2013, The Miami Marlins are not a good baseball team. The Fish sport the worst record in baseball at 23-49, and are last in a mediocre NL East. Despite the hum-drum results, Miami has returned a couple large pieces of the team that had been missed a couple weeks ago. Logan Morrison and Giancarlo Stanton energize the team with much-needed power bats, and help steer an otherwise pathetic Marlins offense from historic levels of bad. The Marlins aren’t a good team, but the team we’ve seen the past week, about three runs a game on a few scarce hits, is the new normal for Miami.
In what was another competitive game for Miami, Cody Ross thrust the dagger into the Fish with his 3-run homer off Mike Dunn. Marlins had a chance to win thanks to Jose Fernandez’s impressive outing and a couple scoring opportunities late, but fell short.
Logan Morrison is welcome back to the Miami lineup. Morrison has returned from multiple knee surgeries and is now playing baseball again. I’m excited that Morrison is back, and Manny Navarro at Miami Herald is also excited. In his excitement, he talked to Morrison about playing baseball.
Nolasco addresses trade rumors | Fish Pond
Ricky Nolasco has been a trade candidate since the beginning of the season, and Joe Frisaro at the Fish Pond reported what the veteran righty had to say about the whole, “changing teams” thing.
Tom Koehler finally gets his first win as Miami Marlins beat Giants 2-1 | Palm Beach Post
Joe Capozzi at the Palm Beach Post recapped Miami’s win against defending World Series Champions, the San Francisco Giants. Tom Koehler pitched an excellent game, tossing five no-hit innings in what was his first win on the season. Good job, Tom!
Michael Jong at Fish Stripes talks about what the return of Giancarlo Stanton and Logan Morrison bring to the Miami lineup, what they don’t, and what they need to improve on. Excellent!
Here at Marlin Maniac:
Staff editor Eshan Kassim previews the Marlins/Giants series opener, and also predicted the Heat/Spurs game seven result. Guess who Ehsan picked. No really, go ahead and guess what noted Miami Marlin fan Ehsan Kassim picked as the finals champs.
Ehsan asked the question, and addressed it in the post. The Marlins don’t hit that many homers, but will that change?
Ricky Nolasco, noted trade chip, talked about the San Francisco Giants earlier this week. SanFran is a rumored destination for Nolasco, but there’s still a lot of time before the deadline. Things could change.
Ehsan chatted with Around the Foghorn co-editor Stuart Jones about the upcoming series and the state of the Giants. These chats are always worth the read.