Florida Marlins World Series hero Josh Beckett was back in town this weekend, but now he pitches for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Beckett reminisced about his days with the Marlins and the challenges of playing home games in scorching heat and constant rain delays. Interestingly enough, he also claimed that it became an advantage late in the season when opposing teams were unable to withstand the excessive heat and were drained by the 7th and 8th innings.
There was a time when Josh Beckett and the rest of the Marlins rotation used to dread making starts on Tuesday. Not that they were opposed to pitching early in the week, but it impacted what would happen five days later.
Jose Fernandez may soon be named the National League Pitcher of the Month for April, but first he will be honored for his work off the field. In November, after being named NL Rookie of the Year, Fernandez was awarded $20,000. He immediately elected to donate the money in full to “Live Like Bella,” which is a terrific foundation to assist children with cancer.
Playing his first game for Double-A Jacksonville Friday since a groin strain ended his first comeback bid from a hamstring injury, Furcal exited early. Scheduled to play nine innings, he departed in the fourth complaining of groin tightness.
The Marlins had reliever Carter Capps take infield practice during spring training in order to fix his delivery. Now that the hard-throwing pitcher has ironed out the kinks, the Marlins are reaping the benefits.
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Welcome to this edition of The Good, The Going…Going…, And The Walk-Off Marlins Recap. Let us jump into the quick recap- The Good: the Marlins win; The Going…Going… 3 home runs from the Marlins; and The Walk-Off: Jeff Baker. With all those exciting words let’s take a look at the big recap.
The Miami Marlins have gotten their 9 game home stand started in fantastic fashion with a sweep of the N.L. East leading Atlanta Braves. Things don’t get much easier for the Fish as next on the schedule is the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers are coming off of a sweep of their own, this one against the Minnesota Twins. The Dodgers are currently in second place in the N.L. West with a 17-12 record, a half game behind the San Francisco Giants. Meanwhile the Marlins have reached .500 at 14-14, in a tie with the Philadelphia Phillies at the bottom of the N.L. East. Fortunately, the Marlins are only 3 games behind the Braves.
As the Marlins get set to host the Los Angeles Dodgers in Marlins Park, we reached out to the co-editor of Lasorda’s Lair, Stacie Wheeler to get some insight on the Dodgers. Lasorda’s Lair is one of the great Fansided sites, and they specialize in covering the Dodgers. Stacie was kind enough to answer some questions that we had regarding the Dodgers. Here was our conversation.