The Miami Marlins, who went 15-10 in June, have hit a speed bump on the road to decency. The Fish have only one win since Independence Day. The one they played yesterday. During the holiday weekend drought, Giancarlo Stanton found himself in one of his own, until he broke the 10-game RBI-less streak in yesterday’s win. Breaking the losing streak yesterday nicely illustrated the relationship between wins and Stanton playing good.
Giancarlo Stanton’s importance to Marlins immeasurable | Palm Beach Post
Greg Stoda of the Palm Beach Post also noticed how valuable Stanton’s offense is to the team’s success. Stoda analyzes the ins and outs of Stanton’s approach.
Marlins’ next step after Nolasco trade | Fish Pond
It’s usually a good thing the Marlins stay out of the headlines, but they sparked discussion with their recent trade of veteran pitcher Ricky Nolasco to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The trade made sense and there were no additional reasons for boycotting Marlins Park. Joe Frisaro of the Fish Pond asks, what’s next?
Clark Spencer scooped this odd story about former Marlins reliever Jon Rauch teaching Marcell Ozuna how to throw a baseball to home. I love this kind of quirk to the baseball that almost certainly isn’t coached or brought up deliberately. Cool story, Clark!
Here at Marlin Maniac:
The Marlins probably didn’t have much leverage during negotiations with Colin Moran, already dubbing him the 3B of the future. Fortunately, Moran looks like he’s ready to sign. Cool!
David Polakoff profiles one of the most interesting prospects in baseball the past few years. Giving up on a once promising athlete is a rather tough process, but it looks like Cox might be the next in line to play below longshot projections. Time will tell.
The Marlins won today! Jacob Turner is pitching well again! Miami is only 25 games below .500! Things are really looking up.