Although the first half of the Miami Marlins season ended with a loss to the Washington Nationals in extra innings, the team goes into the break with positive momentum. Following an atrocious start to the season in April and May, the Marlins have turned their season around and actually have a winning record since then with a 21-17 mark.
The All-Star break has arrived, marking the traditional midpoint of the baseball season. For the Miami Marlins, it seems they’ve already played two halves in 2013.
Though the Marlins traded off Josh Johnson, Anibal Sanchez and Mark Buehrle from last season’s staff, they’re receiving slightly better results from this year’s less-heralded — and substantially younger — rotation.
Jeff Mathis had a busy day behind the plate Saturday. He threw out two of three would-be base stealers and absorbed a good lick from Bryce Harper, who scored the Nationals’ lone run on a sacrifice fly.
Marcell Ozuna’s three-run triple against the Nationals on Friday night was just the latest big hit for the rookie outfielder. As the first half winds down, Ozuna continues to produce in the heart of the Marlins’ order.
Jose Fernandez is already the second Miami Marlins rookie pitcher to make an All-Star team, but will he end the season with the best Marins rookie season of any pitcher?
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Today is the last game before the All Star game. How did the Marlins end the first half of the season? Welcome to the final edition of The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly Marlins Recap for the first half of the baseball season. Let’s get into the quick recap– The Good: we take the series 2-1; The Bad: we lost 5-2; The Ugly: Extra innings. So with that all said, let’s see how the Marlins ended the first half of the season
The Miami Marlins will look to conclude their first half with their fourth consecutive victory on Sunday afternoon. Henderson Alvarez will be on the mound for the Fish as they seek just their second series sweep of the season. The Marlins have gone 17-11 since May 31st. the second best mark in the majors in that span. Taylor Jordan will counter for the Nats.
Just one day after roughing up Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg in just two innings, the Marlins’ offense was significantly less active against Dan Haren. The end result, however, was the same – a victory.
The Miami Marlins will be seeking a series win on Saturday, as they try to close out the unofficial end of the first half on a positive note. Pitching for the series win for the Fish will be rookie phenom, Jose Fernandez. Jose has recently been lifted from his pitch limit and his performance since has gotten better and better. He will be opposed by Nationals starter Dan Haren.
An eight run first inning by two low-ERA starters set an unusual tone in Marlins Park tonight. Nathan Eovaldi came out of the chute with less-than-ideal command on his fastball and loaded the bases with the first three batters. A couple of batters later, the score was three-zip. It took Eovaldi 36 pitches to close the inning. Washington’s ace, Stephen Strasburg, was expected to shut down the surging Marlins, but he simply couldn’t find the strike zone.
For the last 2 weeks of June, my family and I went on a massive baseball trip. We saw games in Atlanta, St. Louis, Kansas City, Dallas, and Houston as well as stopped in-between those cities to visit famous baseball sites. While at the games I began wondering how do each of these parks compare to the state of the art Marlins Park?
The Miami Marlins will wrap the unofficial end of their first half with a series against the Washington Nationals this weekend. To preview the series between the Marlins and Nats, I had an email chat with Andrew Flax, the editor for the Washington Nationals Fansided Site, District on Deck. DoD does a phenomenal job of covering everything surrounding the Nationals team.