The Marlins have finally started getting their better players healthy in Giancarlo Stanton, Logan Morrison and Nathan Eovaldi and the results are showing with victories on the field. Considering they have a winning record in June, you would expect to read about the Marlins being credited for building a strong core of young players, but the team has a different reputation. Instead of celebrating wins, many of the media reports have dealt with trade rumors swirling around Stanton and Ricky Nolasco.
On one hand it makes sense to build a team around Stanton. On the other, Marlins. The Miami Marlins are in no hurry to trade Giancarlo Stanton and intend on building around him instead, according to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com.
Ricky Nolasco is the Marlins’ all-time leader in victories and strikeouts. The 30-year-old, in the final year of his contract, also is well aware that his tenure with the organization could be over by the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.
Perry Hill always bemoans the fact that one of his former star pupils, Alex Gonzalez, never won a Gold Glove Award. But Hill could have a Gold Glove shortstop in the making in Adeiny Hechavarria.
Until Thursday, Tom Koehler according to STATS LLC owned the third longest starting streak to begin a Marlins career without a victory (eight starts). Kevin Olsen (2001-02) failed to win any of his first 12 starts as a Marlin. Marc Valdez (1995-96) went winless over his first nine starts.
Highlight plays, JP’s hitting streak ends, Nathan Eovaldi returns, a Marlins pitcher gets his first major league win, and some highlights of this week in Marlins Baseball.The Marlins played five games this week, three against the Diamondbacks and two against the Giants. They took one out of three from Arizona and took two from San Francisco, ending the week 3-2.
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Even with their heart breaking loss last night in extra innings, the Miami Marlins are still in prime position to take another series from the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park.
I’ve met players, got to watch a lot of baseball games on the Cave Monster, hung out at the Fan Cave, met some great people in the Cave, and got to see parts of New York, can this trip get any better? Oh yea it can! After all that I still got to see the Marlins play the Mets at Citi Field. That game took place on June 8, 2013, and oh what a game it was!
With the Miami Marlins winning the first two games of the series, they have now won a franchise record nine straight games at AT&T Park over the San Francisco Giants. The Marlins are now 10-8 in the month of June and are no longer on track to beat the 1962 Mets as the worst team ever.
Down on the Farm Report for the Miami Marlins: June 21st: Solano’s homer leads to a Zephyrs win, Suns lose in extra despite strong outing from Jackson, Hammerheads offense breaks through, the Grasshoppers offense was shutdown by Hickory, and the Muckdogs win a walk-off thriller.
Talk about breaking out of a slump! The Marlins played the San Francisco Giants in the second game of a four game set and have made sure of something that won’t happen. The Marlins are not going to lose this series. The Marlins have taken the first two games in AT&T Park and its really because of the bat of one of our bright young players.
The Marlins 2013 season up to this point can be described as a journey to Above Replacement level. The Marlins in April and May were rendered to barely replacement level, fielding a ragtag lineup at every position, in the outfield, the infield and I want to focus on today the starting rotation. The salary dump that resulted in the top three starters in our 2012 rotation being traded was only the beginning of the Marlins problems, while it is true that Marlins depended on JJ, Buehrle and Anibal in 2012 and in the years before.