The Miami Marlins find themselves in the hunt for a playoff spot ¾ of the way through June, which would usually mean that a team would be looking to upgrade some of their weaker spots to make a push for a post season bid. Unlike what you might expect, the Marlins are reportedly doing just that and supposedly they are even willing to spend some money to get it done. Starting pitching has been mentioned as a spot where the front office may focus their efforts, but I would like them to look for an upgrade at shortstop as well.
The Marlins lost 11-5 to the Mets on Sunday afternoon, falling to 37-38 in third place, but they remain just 2.5 games out of first place in the NL East. Great starts by Giancarlo Stanton, Henderson Alvarez, and Steve Cishek have contributed to the club being in a much better spot than expected, even after losing phenom Jose Fernandez to injury.
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times had this to say in a column posted late Saturday night about the budding David Price trade market: “It has become increasingly obvious that the Rays likely — if not absolutely, positively — are going to trade Price over the next 5 1/2 weeks until the July 31 deadline.”
“Deep enough … you would think.” So said FOX Sports Florida play-by-play announcer Rich Waltz. Miami Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna didn’t think he had a chance. Neither did closer Steve Cishek. Manager Mike Redmond wouldn’t reveal what was going through his mind.
For all the accomplishments in Justin Nicolino‘s decorated career, the southpaw had never thrown a complete-game shutout before Saturday. That changed with Double-A Jacksonville’s 6-0 win over Birmingham, in which the Suns starter allowed five hits. And while it was work the Marlins’ fourth-ranked prospect thoroughly enjoyed, it was work all the same.
Here at Marlin Maniac:
It’s Sunday again, and you know what that means. Welcome to this week’s edition of The Good, The Bad, and The Pitchers Marlins Recap. Here is the quick recap- The Good: The 6th inning; The Bad: We lost; and The Pitchers: Anthony DeSclafani and Jacob Turner. Let’s take a deeper look at this game, shall we?
Despite the loss of their ace Jose Fernandez, the Miami Marlins have remained in contention for the NL East and one of the two NL Wild Card playoff spots. The team has mostly stuck around due to the mediocrity of the division, with none of the teams above the Marlins able to pull away.
Marcell Ozuna was playing in just his fifth game at left field. As Miami’s bullpen leaked hit after hit into the outfield, the 23-year old threw out two Mets runners at the plate, including the final out of the game to preserve the 3-2 win. Henderson Alvarez turned in a solid outing, peppering seven hits across 6.1 scoreless innings.
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