The Miami Marlins offense is struggling to say the least. After not scoring a single run the entire weekend against the Milwaukee Brewers their scoreless streak stands at 37 straight innings. It is the longest scoreless streak since the Houston Astros went 42 innings without scoring in 1985. Not helping matters is that Giancarlo Stanton has been going through offensive struggles of his own and seems to be bringing the entire team along for the downhill ride.
When Giancarlo Stanton gets going, it seems the rest of the Marlins’ offense follows. But it has been a challenge to get the 23-year-old slugger to stay hot.
Starved for scoring production at the top of the order, manager Mike Redmond on Saturday installed hot-hitting Adeiny Hechavarria in the leadoff spot to help ignite the offense. Hechavarria tops all major-league hitters with a .444 average in July.
Last season the Washington Nationals made big news by placing an innings limit on superstar starter Stephen Strasburg. Some agreed and some thought it was a terrible thing to do. While the Miami Marlins fans might not really have had an opinion on that innings limit, they very well might have something to say about the limit being placed on breakout star Jose Fernandez. Reportedly the Marlins are placing a limit of 150 to 170 innings on the young pitcher. I think it is a very good choice.
After hitting a home run in first professional at-bat, Marlins’ top pick Colin Moran took a brief hiatus to attend the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award ceremony Friday in Los Angeles. USA Baseball awards the trophy every season to the nation’s best player.
Domingo German was lights out for the GCL Marlins, Brent Keys and Ryan Rieger both had three hits for Jupiter, Mark Canha went deep for Jacksonville, and Gorkys Hernandez and Kyle Skipworth had big days for New Orleans.
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So this is the first Sunday back after the All-Star break and we begin with The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. How did the Marlins fare against the Brewers? Let’s jump into the quick recap– The Good: Adeiny Hechavarria; The Bad: we loss and 37 innings; and The Ugly: batter 3, 4, and 5 slump. Let’s exam these points a little more shall we?
Sometimes, the first day back from a break doesn’t go the way you wanted it to, and that is what happened in Milwaukee last night, as the Miami Marlins couldn’t figure out how to get runners to move 90 feet.
The Miami Marlins will start the second half of their season with a series against the Milwaukee Brewers this weekend. To preview the series between the Marlins and Brewers, I had an email chat with Benjamin Orr, the editor for the Milwaukee Brewers Fansided Site, Reviewing the Brew. RtB does a phenomenal job of covering everything surrounding the Brewers team.
After St. Louis we headed to Kansas City. KC was a very nice baseball town which has The Negro League Baseball Museum, Chappell’s Sports Bar and Museum, and of course the home of the Kansas City Royals, Kauffman Stadium. Welcome to this edition of MLB Ball Park Showdown: Marlins Park vs. Kauffman Stadium. So how does Kauffman compare to Marlins Park? Let’s find out.
So what is next for us on this amazing trip of MLB Ball Park Showdown? How about we go to St. Louis and see Busch Stadium? The St. Louis Cardinals have won more World Series then any other team in the National League with 11 and Busch III has 2 of them! It was opened in 2006, so let’s see how it compares to Marlins Park.