Aug 25, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (right) and shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria (3) celebrate the victory against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Marlins Way: Miami Marlins Play to Level of Opponent?

The Miami Marlins are at .500 for the season again. Their win on Monday night in Los Angeles brought their record to an even 65-65 record.

Interestingly, the Marlins have reached the .500 mark in a remarkable way. The Marlins have played to the level of their opponents all season long. After last night’s game, the Marlins are 29-30 against teams above .500 and 36-35 against teams below .500.

Losing the series against the Colorado Rockies is a perfect example of the Marlins playing down to the level of their competition. The team looked lost in the last two games in Colorado, yet dominated the Los Angeles Angels, the AL West leaders at the time, on Monday night.

While it is nice to see the Fish doing well against teams above .500, they are going to be kicking themselves for the missed opportunities against their inferior opponents.

Marlins News Around the Web:

How Can We Make Sense of Adeiny Hechavarria? | Fangraphs

There’s a regular shortstop in the National League you probably don’t think about very often. The Marlins, though, think about Adeiny Hechavarria very often, and they happen to think very much of him. Which, of course, is implied by his still being a regular shortstop, but Hechavarria’s coming off a weekend in which he made some more dynamite defensive plays, and Jarred Cosart went and took himself to Twitter late Saturday:

Miami Marlins fall for Brad Hand’s July illusion | Fishstripes

The Miami Marlins made a series of personnel moves based in part on an illusion of Brad Hand‘s performance. He is now showing us his real self again, and it has proven to be as bad as expected.

Steve Cishek and the nature of relief pitching | Fishstripes

Steve Cishek has blown a few saves recently. But is there a problem, or are we blowing a small sample of innings out of proportion?

Recent struggles don’t diminish Cishek’s body of work | Sun-Sentinel

The Marlins’ front office has to determine whether closer Steve Cishek’s ninth inning experience is worth the pay hike he’ll receive in 2015.

Albert Pujols missed Miami Marlins more than they missed him, and some links | Sun-Sentinel

This week’s three-game interleague set against the Los Angeles Angels marks the first time since Aug. 7, 2011 Albert Pujols will face Marlins’ pitching.

Numbers say playoff possibility is unlikely for Miami Marlins | Miami Herald

The chance of the Marlins making the playoffs is assessed at 2.8 to 4.3 percent — and their schedule is of no assistance.

Here on Marlin Maniac:

Marlins Look to Slow Down Trout, Angels

With the easy part of the Marlins road trip in the rearview mirror, the Fish head to Anaheim to take on the Los Angeles Angels. Unfortunately Miami was unable to win the series against the last place Colorado Rockies, although the Rock’s are a much better team at home than on the road.

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