The Miami Marlins have enjoyed success at Marlins Park this season, especially on offense. One of the big contributors has been new comer Casey McGehee, who has a posted a .341 batting average at home. McGehee played last season in Japan which he credits with improving his patience at the plate on breaking balls. At Marlins Park he has capitalized on the spacious dimensions by just concentrating on hitting the ball hard.
Marlins Park may frustrate some hitters because of its spacious dimensions, but Casey McGehee is taking advantage of the big building by simply striving to hit the ball hard.
The pitch itself hasn’t changed. The velocity is identical. He’s throwing it a touch more, but otherwise Tom Koehler‘s fastball isn’t much different than it was last season. Delve into the numbers and it would seem he’s consistently feeding hitters 98 on the black. Chief among the reasons Koehler has been the Marlins’ steadiest starter so far: Better results with the fastball.
The decision to have Marcell Ozuna bunting in Friday’s ninth inning with no outs, runners at first and second, and Giancarlo Stanton in the on-deck circle raised more than a few eyebrows. Even the Marlins’ broadcasters were questioning the move. After all, if Ozuna had been successful with the sacrifice, it would have left first base open and the Mariners surely would have walked Stanton — as they did in two of his previous plate appearances.
The Miami Marlins got a little surprise last year when Henderson Alvarez tossed a no-hitter against the Detroit Tigers and won the game on a walk-off wild pitch. It was something only the Marlins could possibly do at that moment in time. Riding high, it was expected for Alvarez to continue on his hot streak. However, that was not the case.
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The Marlins continue to prove that they are a much better team at home than on the road as they swept the Seattle Mariners on a beautiful Easter Sunday afternoon. The roof was open during a day game for the first time in Marlins Park history, and the crowd was treated to Miami’s first series sweep of 2014. The final score was 3-2 and featured an exciting, come-from-behind victory after an 8th inning Marlins rally and a suspenseful ninth inning.
After being a historically bad team on offense in 2013, the Miami Marlins appear to have made a remarkable improvement so far in 2014. Consider that the 2013 Marlins scored only 513 runs, which was 89 runs worse than the second to last Chicago Cubs scored. They were the only team to hit less than 100 home runs, the only National League team to post a sub.300 On Base Percentage (OBP), one of only two National League teams to finish with a sub .300 weighted On Base Average (wOBA). Well, you get the picture; the 2013 Marlins couldn’t hit a lick.
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.