The Miami Marlins have already hit 27 home runs at Marlins Park this season, which seems amazing when you consider that all of last season they hit only 35. In other words, they have 54 home games left in which to hit 8 home runs to tie last season’s total. According to first baseman Garrett Jones, though, the teams approach to hitting has been to try to shoot the gaps for doubles. So far the results have been great, so keep doing whatever is working Garrett!
Setting off the colorful 73-foot home run sculpture in center field should not be the objective for batters at spacious Marlins Park. The Marlins’ approach to one of the most spacious stadiums in the big leagues, as outlined by Garrett Jones, is to think small and see if bigger things happen.
Manager Mike Redmond wasted no time reaching out to Josh Beckett Sunday after he learned of the right-hander’s no-hitter. Not long after the Marlins’ 7-1 loss to the Brewers, Redmond fired off a text to his former Marlins’ teammate. “I’m happy for him,” Redmond said. “I told him when we were in L.A., ‘This might end up being your best year because you’re just going out having fun.’”
The Marlins hit the 50-game mark with yesterday’s 2-1 victory over the Brewers. At 26-24, this is just the 7th time in the franchise’s 22-year history the Marlins are above .500 after 50 games.
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Welcome to this week’s edition of The Good, The Bad, and The Pitcher Marlins Recap. May 25, 2014, today was the 3rd game of the series against the Milwaukee Brewers . With the series all tied at 1, how did the Marlins fair against the NL Central leading Brewers? Here is the quick recap- The Good: Marcell Ozuna; The Bad: we lost; and The Pitcher: Randy Wolf. With that done let’s get into a full recap.
With the Marlins losing their first home series in more than a month, it is certainly not a time to panic in Miami. The Marlins remain in an unlikely second place in the N.L. East, 2.5 games behind the Braves before Atlanta takes on the Rockies on Sunday evening. Entering 2014, the biggest question mark that Miami had was the lineup. Many insiders viewed the Marlins pitching rotation as one of the top young ones in baseball, with Jose Fernandez at the helm.
n other news, Marco Estrada, Tom Koehler, and Brad Hand headed to the Cleveland Clinic for post-game neck MRI. Fans on the outfield promenade became so blasé about the baseballs rolling around their feet that the postgame cleanup crew had to run around Miami to find a snow shovel to clean them up. Seriously, though. ESPN had to develop a half hour segment to cover the highlight reel.
In the wake of the season ending injury to Jose Fernandez, my thoughts turned to how the Miami Marlins might be able to help fill that huge void for the remainder of the season. I was not counting on any talent being brought in via trade, so it was obviously going to have to be done from within the organization. Every other member of the rotation would have to perform a slot better in the pecking order, i.e. Nathan Eovaldi becomes a legit ace, Henderson Alvarez a #2, etc. Then the #5 guy would have to be someone brought up from the minors or off the street, which appears to be the role Randy Wolf will be asked to fill.