Jun 29, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins catcher Jeff Mathis (6) is unable to catch a foul ball over the Marlins dugout during the ninth inning against the San Diego Padres at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Marlins Way: Next 12 Games Should be a Great Test for the Miami Marlins

The Miami Marlins 15-10 record in the month of June was the best mark in the NL East and the second best in baseball. Only the Pittsburgh Pirates and Toronto Blue Jays (17-9) finished the month with better records. That is quite a turn-around for a team that won just 14 games the first two months combined.

If the Marlins want to prove that June was no fluke, there are going to be some tough tests ahead, especially to start off the month of July. After defeating the San Diego Padres on Monday night to open up July, here is a look at the next 12 games for the Fish:

July 2nd-4th: @ Atlanta Braves (48-34)

July 5th-7th: @ St. Louis Cardinals (49-32)

July 8th-10th: vs Atlanta Braves (48-34)

July 12th-14th: vs Washington Nationals (42-40)

If the Marlins can do well in those games, leading up to the all-star break, the team should feel extremely confident about themselves.

Qualls’ pursuit of scoring change draws clubhouse ire | Sun-Sentinel

Despite the heat he took the clubhouse, Chad Qualls stood by his decision to question a scoring play while he was on the mound in San Francisco June 23.

Miami Marlins’ rotation has star potential | Miami Herald

When Mike Redmond played for the then-Florida Marlins, he caught for pitchers Josh Beckett, Dontrelle Willis, A.J. Burnett and Ryan Dempster early in their careers.

Now, as manager, Redmond oversees a young staff also flashing some serious star potential.

MLB trade rumors: Ricky Nolasco trade profile | Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins’ top trade asset remains the veteran right-hander Ricky Nolasco. How does he shape up versus the rest of the pitchers available this month, and who might be interested?

Qualls, Marlins honor fallen Arizona firefighters | Marlins News

Teams around Major League Baseball took time to recognize the 19 firefighters who lost their lives Sunday battling the wildfires in Arizona.

MLB Preview Miami at Atlanta | CBS Sports

Sitting comfortably atop the NL East, the Atlanta Braves know better than to overlook the last-place Miami Marlins.

Doing so could prove costly with manager Mike Redmond’s club playing much better of late.

Here at Marlin Maniac:

Down On The Farm Miami Marlins Daily Report: June 30th

As the Z’s drop another game, the Suns and Grasshoppers follow their big leagues footsteps with walk-off victories.

Miami Marlins Interested In Cuban Prospect Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez?

After unsuccessful bids on Cuban free agents Arodlis Chapman and Yoenis Cespedes in recent seasons, the Miami Marlins might have interest in trying their hand in attempting to sign a free agent from the island just 90 miles away from Key West.

Marlin Maniac Contest: You Be The Miami Marlins General Manager

After a disastrous 14-41 start, the Miami Marlins have started to turn around their 2013 season. After a 15-10 June, the Marlins and their fans have to feel much better about the team’s future.

Midseason Grades For Miami Marlins

The Miami Marlins will reach the midpoint of their season after tonight’s finale with the San Diego Padres. I think its time to see how far the team has progressed in the first year of the most recent rebuilding project. It has been kind of bummer year for the Marlins, but their have been some bright spots.

Why Does Jeff Mathis Have A Job? I’ll Tell You.

In the wake of Sunday afternoon’s riveting walk-off grand slam, it’s easy to speak highly of Jeff Mathis. Truth be told, I was writing this piece in the hours before the grand slam, and in my jubilation I managed to think about trashing this post. But then I looked at the numbers: a .129/.191/.306 slash line in 62 at bats – AFTER the walk-off. A career .195/.253/.314 slash line over 1,474 at bats. And I realized that this is still a valid question, or rather, a series of questions.

Miami Marlins Recall Donovan Solano, Option Jordan Brown

After their 4-0 victory on Monday night, the Miami Marlins made a roster move to aid them in their upcoming series with the Atlanta Braves. The Marlins recalled infielder Donovan Solano up from Triple-A New Orleans and sent outfielder Jordan Brown down.

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