Giancarlo Stanton came into Sunday leading the National League in RBI with 16 and was in second in home runs with 4. Normally, this would be no surprise since Stanton has arguably the most power of any hitter in baseball, but the fact that he is accomplishing this in April is a surprise. Between injuries and slow starts, Stanton has had a tough time in the first month of the season throughout his career. Hopefully he can carry the momentum from the quick start all through the regular season.
April has never been a good month for Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton. Not this April. Stanton is thriving at the plate, though he went hitless in four at-bats Sunday. Entering the day, Stanton led the majors with 16 RBI and, with four home runs, was one behind Pittsburgh’s Pedro Alvarez and the Giants’ Brandon Belt for the league lead.
Marlins ace Jose Fernandez has been so dominant since his arrival in the big leagues it would be easy to take his record-breaking accomplishments for granted. With the 21-year-old on the mound for Friday night’s series opener against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, Miami felt confident in its chances to snap a four-game losing streak.
It’s arguably the least glamorous job on the ballclub, but that doesn’t dampen Kevin Slowey‘s sense of gratification when he performs well. Including two appearances this season — the last coming in Friday’s 6-3 loss to the Phillies — Slowey since joining the Marlins in 2013 on four occasions has pitched three or more innings out of the bullpen. His ERA in those games: 0.00.
The Ultimate Warrior will live on in Miami — because Marlins 1st baseman Garrett Jones tells TMZ Sports he’ll be using the wrestler’s theme song as “walk up music” for the rest of the season. Jones tells us … he was a HUGE Warrior fan growing up — and was incredibly saddened by his death earlier this week.
Like so many of the post topics I come up, this one started with a conversation. Unlike most of these conversations, this one was not with myself. Rather it was the product of a conversation with Jake Mintz, who composes one half of the Cespedes Family BBQ, a completely serious baseball analysis web log which has given the baseball community gems such as Pablo: The Documentary.
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I didn’t write this article when I wanted to. I wanted to write it immediately following the Marlins sixth straight defeat, this one an extra inning affair at the hands of the Philadelphia Phillies. I decided to sleep on it. I didn’t want my emotions to be the basis of this rant, and trust me, my anger was off the charts. I don’t know if it was caused by watching yet another home run given up by one of the worst relievers in our bullpen, while our best sat and twiddled his thumbs.
The Marlins take the field Friday night against the Philadelphia Phillies looking to halt a 4-game skid. They will send their ace, Jose Fernandez, to the hill looking to set the tone early. Fernandez has been brilliant so far this season, and there is little reason to think that tonight wouldn’t be much of the same.
To get you prepared for the the Marlins series with the Philadelphia Phillies that kicks off tonight, we took the opportunity to ask Mike Lacy, the editor for the Fansided site “That Balls Outta Here”, which covers everything Phillies, some questions. Here are the responses.
The Miami Marlins got off to a hot 5-1 start against two lower tier National League teams in the season’s first week. Since they improved their record to 5-1 on another Jose Fernandez pitching gem, the Marlins have lost four in a row. That includes being swept by the Washington Nationals this week. In order to turn things around, the Marlins will have to clean up their defense.