Two of the most exciting players in the major leagues face off this week in Anaheim as the Miami Marlins and Giancarlo Stanton meet the Anaheim Angels and Mike Trout. Both players are in the thick of the MVP races for their respective leagues with their teams involved in the playoff race. With Stanton being just 24 years old and Trout being 23, this may be the first of many battles in years to come. Trout signed a 6 year and $144.5 million contract through 2020 prior to the season, the Marlins would do well to follow suit this offseason with Stanton.
The fourth ever regular season series between the Marlins and Angels, which opens Monday night at Angels Stadium, features two of the game’s premier young outfielders and possibly this year’s American and National League Most Valuable Players.
Yesterday, Brad Hand faced the Colorado Rockies and did not get very far for the Miami Marlins. The lefty threw just 4 1/3 innings, gave up four runs, and walked and struck out three batters. The performance was a poor one, and he was pulled early for Brad Penny, the team’s new long relief option.
Double-A Jacksonville catcher J.T. Realmuto continued his September callup campaign Saturday by finishing 1-for-4 with two walks, three RBIs and his eighth home run of the season.
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Another Sunday in this lovely baseball season can only mean one thing. Welcome to this week’s edition of The Good, The Bad, and The Brads. Let’s start things off like we always do with a quick recap- The Good: Our bats; The Bad: We lost; and the Brads: Hand and Penny. Now that quick recap is done let’s see how this game went with a full recap.
We are 8 days away from the beginning of September and the Miami Marlins are still very much alive in the hunt for October. With their extra innings loss to the Colorado Rockies on Saturday night, the Marlins remained 4 games behind the San Francisco Giants for the second wild card spot.
The Miami Marlins are at .500 near the end of August. For a team that lost 100 games a season ago and still boasts one of the smaller payrolls in all of baseball, that would be an accomplishment. But the Marlins are still alive and well in playoff contention, mostly because of the mediocrity of the National League.
With a couple of weeks under his belt, Jarred Cosart is likely starting to get a little more comfortable around the Marlins clubhouse. More importantly than the knowledge of where things are located, is success on the mound. The young right-hander has made 3 starts for the Fish so far and is 1-1 with a couple of quality starts under his belt. So what has the Miami Marlins version of Cosart been like thus far?
On July 26th of 2012, the Miami Marlins made the second trade of now what is considered to be the biggest fire sale in team history. That was the day the Marlins traded Hanley Ramirez to the Los Angeles Dodgers for starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi.