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.
We were fortunate enough to connect with Daniel Hughes, the editor over at Sodo Mojo, our Fansided Mariners site. Daniel gave us some information that we could expect as the Mariners head to Miami.
Although he won’t be playing in the series, Marlins fans do not need to fret, as Logan Morrison has made the trip to Miami. Now just pay attention to his Twitter account for his next Tweet that angers everyone:
I am here in Miami and will be for the games for those who are asking.
— Logan Morrison (@CupOfLoMo) April 18, 2014
Here is my chat I had with Daniel to preview the series:
Marlin Maniac: How disappointing is it that we miss a Jose Fernandez-King Felix matchup?
Daniel Hughes: Not too disappointing for Mariners fans I’m sure. I’m breathing a sigh of relief that we miss Fernandez.
MM: Has Logan Morrison caught the ire of M’s fans for his Twitter usage yet? Any update on his injury?
DH: So far, his Twitter usage has been tame. As for his injury, it’s being called a hamstring strain. He was placed on the 15-Day disabled list I believe as more of a precaution and to allow Nick Franklin to be called up to get some at-bats. I’m disappointed that LoMo won’t be playing against Miami, I would’ve loved to see that.
MM: How had the Robinson Cano signing affected the Mariners thus far in the season?
DH: It’s hard to tell. He’s been batting around .300 (which we had hoped). He has yet to hit a homer and the bottom of our lineup is producing more than the middle. Plus I think he leads the team with errors (with two) so it’s a mixed bag. It’s a long season though and I expect his presence to be felt by the end.
MM: What is the future of Nick Franklin with the Mariners? Can the Marlins have him?
MM: Can you give us a quick scouting report on the pitchers the Marlins will face this series?
DH: Chris Young has made one start and he looked good. He’s a veteran who despite his size (6′ 10″) is not a power pitcher. He is more Greg Maddux than Randy Johnson, though no offense, you can’t compare him to either.
Roenis Elias made the jump from Double-A this year and has looked good. He’s 1-1 with a 2.16 ERA and appears to be proving he belongs. He appeared to have better command of his breaking stuff in his last start. If he continues to improve, the Marlins will have a tough time with him.
Sunday’s starter has yet to be determined. It was supposed to be Taijuan Walker, but he was scratched again with a shoulder issue before his last rehab start. Blake Beavan had come up from Triple-A and left his only start he made on Tuesday with an injury. He’s now on the 15-day DL. It will probably be Brandon Maurer making his 2014 debut. He’s been pitching well for Triple-A Tacoma, but has had trouble at the major league level.
MM: Give us a bold prediction or two for the series.
DH: -I think missing Jose Fernandez is key. I think the Mariners come in, wake up the bats and sweep the series.
– LoMo, with time to reflect while on the DL, will take to Twitter and say something that will irritate Marlins fans, possibly earning him a suspension from the Mariners when he gets back from the DL.
We want to thank Daniel for giving us some insight to his team. If you want to get even more knowledge about the Mariners, head over to the Sodo Mojo, where you can get the best Mariners content around.