Jul 25, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher Brad Hand delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Houston Astros (52)at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Marlins Way: Brad Hand Has Best Start of Career

Regardless of who the opponent is, the Marlins had a job to do and were able to do it.

Coming off a series in which the Fish faced the Atlanta Braves, who currently own one of the Wild Card spots in the National League, Miami arrived in Houston yesterday with a much different team in front of them, the results were much the same. The Marlins won for the 5th time in 6 games and are now 5.5 games out of a playoff spot in the N.L.

Brad Hand was marvelous on the evening, allowing only 3 hits in a career high 7.1 innings pitched. he struck out 4 and didn’t allow a run. Steve Cishek pitched a perfect 9th inning. The Marlins offense still struggled but they did enough to win, getting to Dallas Keuchel for 2 runs, both unearned in 7 innings. Keuchel surrendered 9 hits.

Miami has two games remaining against the Astros and will send Tom Koehler to the hill to try to continue the Marlins’ winning ways.

Miami Marlins News From Around the Web:

Mini-slump frustrates Miami Marlins’ Casey McGehee – Miami Herald

Players don’t normally come under questioning after they have gone three games without a hit. Three-game drought? No big deal. It happens to the best of them. But Casey McGehee opened up Friday about his first such “slump” as the Marlins prepared to open a weekend series against the Houston Astros.

Hand clamps down Astros for first set of back-to-back wins – Sun Sentinel

The Marlins’ offense made the top halves of Friday’s nine innings at Minute Maid Park torturous. Fortunately for them, Brad Hand made the bottom halves a treat.

Marlins encouraged as Kolek’s back improves – Joe Frisaro

The Marlins are optimistic that Tyler Kolek‘s lower-back issue isn’t serious. The No. 2 overall pick in the June First-Year Player Draft, Kolek is dealing with a lower back sprain, and he is on a no-throw status for about a week.

Here At Marlin Maniac:

Left Handed Hitters Have Owned Nathan Eovaldi in 2014 – Placido Estevez

Nathan Eovaldi experienced another rough post All Star Break outing on Wednesday in a 6-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves. Left handed batters in particular seem to have been teeing off on Eovaldi. The second inning homer he allowed to Freddie Freeman is the third one he has given up to a lefty in 2 post All Star game starts. In fact, 9 of the 11 home runs he’s allowed this season have been hit by lefties. This got me to wondering if Eovaldi has a tough time against left handed hitters in general, so I decided to pull up his 2014 splits:

Marlins vs. Astros Series Preview: Should the Marlins Pursue George Springer? – Chris Logel

To get you ready for the upcoming Miami Marlins series with the Houston Astros, We enlisted the help of co-editor Greg Thurston of Climbing Tal’s Hill, a Fansided site that covers the Houston Astros. Greg was kind enough to answer a few questions for us and of course we had to ask about the rumors surrounding the Marlins and Astros trade discussions from earlier in the year.

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