Shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria parlayed a hot start to the 2014 season into a promotion in his lineup slot. After hitting in the eighth spot during the first four games of the season, he was bumped up to the leadoff spot for the series against the San Diego Padres starting last Friday. Hechavarria hit just .237 last season, but started the year on fire with a .500 average in the first series of the season.
Long term I do not think Hecahavarria will be able to hit enough to remain in the lead off spot and hopefully manager Mike Redmond has a quick hook once Adeiny starts hitting like his old self. Christian Yelich is the best option for the lead off spot on the current roster considering his hitting ability, plate discipline and speed on the bases.
A productive first series at the bottom of the batting order earned Adeiny Hechavarria a start at the top of the Marlins’ lineup Friday. Moving Hechavarria to the leadoff spot was intended not only to capitalize on a hot bat, but also provided a break for Christian Yelich as the Marlins faced a left-handed starter for the fourth time in five games.
In most baseball circles, the Nationals — along with the Braves — are widely considered the class of the National League East. At this juncture, the Marlins are hoping to move into their neighborhood. While the Nats are regarded as a division favorite, the Marlins were one of the surprise stories of the season’s first week.
Jarrod Saltalamaccia leaned back in his chair in the Marlins clubhouse to take in a little baseball before getting to work. On the big screen? The Boston Red Sox home opener, in which the franchise unveiled yet another banner for its World Series win in 2013. Saltalamacchia, who played for the team from 2010-13 and was part of last season’s triumph, received an invite from the Red Sox, but could not attend the ceremony for obvious reasons.
Very little went well for New Orleans in their bout with Colorado Springs, as Tyler Matzek silenced the Zephyrs offense, striking out 11 batters in five innings pitched. Adam Conley‘s first Triple-A start represented an unqualified disaster. He surrendered five runs in the first inning alone.
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It’s the first Sunday of the regular season for the Marlins. That means it’s time to bring back The Good, The Bad, and The… For all those returning from last season welcome back and for all those new readers we would like to welcome you too. Let’s start with the quick rundown- The Good: The Marlins take the series; The Bad: the Marlins lost; and The One Pitch: Nathan Eovaldi’s 7th inning pitch. Without any further ado, let’s jump into the game.
Nathan Eovaldi, SP: B+
Eovaldi tied a career high with 8 strikeouts and despite giving up a three-run home run that turned into the game winning hit, he should come out of this start encouraged. The pitch the home run was hit on was not even a mistake pitch. The 1-2 punch of Jose Fernandez and Nathan Eovaldi looks promising for the Marlins in 2014.
The Marlins kick off their series against the San Diego Padres tonight at 7:10 PM EST in Marlins Park. Miami looks to continue their winning ways by sending Tom Koehler to the hill to take on Eric Stults. The Marlins enter the game with a 3-1 record while the Padres currently sport a 1-2 mark. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Florida and broadcast on 940 AM WINZ.
As part of our series preview content, we want to offer Marlins fans with some insight into the team that they will be facing. We carry out this in many ways, and one of them is to interview editor’s of other Fansided team pages so we can get the in-depth information that you need heading into the series.
After an excellent opening series against the Colorado Rockies that saw the Marlins win 3-4 games, and the last one in exciting fashion, the Marlins will welcome the San Diego Padres to Marlins Park tonight to open a 3-game series. This series will be the final one of the Marlins home stand before heading out on their first road trip of 2014.