Giancarlo Stanton is making a very strong case for National League MVP this season based on any metric or stat available. Using traditional stats he leads the N.L. in home runs and RBI, if you prefer advanced metrics he is also the league leader in Wins Above Replacement (WAR). Ironically, his main competitors, Troy Tulowitzki and Andrew McCutchen, have fallen by the way side due to injuries which is exactly the problem that has plagued Stanton in the past.
The Miami Marlins have found themselves in a place few would have predicted with roughly six weeks left in the regular season: at .500 and firmly in the playoff hunt. With Sunday’s 10-3 win over the Diamondbacks, the Marlins improved their record to 62-62, which matches their win total of last year. And while the National League East is out of reach — Miami is 7 1/2 games back of the Nationals — the wild card is still very much in play. The Marlins are just three games out of the second wild card spot, trailing the Giants, Pirates and Braves, and tied with the Reds.
The Miami Marlins are surviving this playoff race more than they are owning it. The Marlins have scratched and clawed their way to being 3.5 games behind in the jam-packed National League Wild Card race. But the way they have done is not impressive at all; Miami has the most wins in the National League since the second half began, but they have primarily done it in the one-run variety. Prior to yesterday’s impressive 10-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Fish were 17-12 in the second half, yet somehow were outscored by 14 runs!
MIAMI — On Aug. 17, 2013, the Miami Marlins were 46-75 and 28 games back in the National League East. They would finish the season 62-100 for their second-worst record in franchise history.
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Is it Sunday? Was there a Marlins game? Are you on MarlinManiac.com right now? That could only mean one thing… Welcome to this week’s edition of The Good, The .500 and The 62. As always let’s begin with the quick recap- The Good: Marlins win; The .500: our record; and The 62: our win. Let’s read on to find out what all this really means.
The Miami Marlins have a dilemma now, the same one that Boston Red Sox had last year, Jarrod Saltalamacchia is the team’s starting catcher. As the Red Sox advanced deeper into October, David Ross got more and more playing time behind the plate.
The biggest mystery surrounding the Miami Marlins in 2014 has to be about their current shortstop, Adeiny Hechavarria. Hech, as he is lovingly called, has become a polarizing player for the Marlins. While the Marlins front office is very high on Hech, there is a split in the Marlins fanbase about what kind of player he really is.