Miami Marlins Morning Catch: Don’t look now but the Fish are .500


After starting the 2015 season with a miserable 3-11 record, the Miami Marlins have used a recent fusion of speed, power and lights-out starting pitching to climb all the way back to .500, following last night’s 7-0 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.

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The Marlins are 12-12. Think about that for a second: remember when Mike Redmond‘s job was on the line, like a week ago? Now, the Fish have won nine of ten, including four straight, and are knocking on the New York Mets’ door. Miami is 3.5 games behind the suddenly-cold Mets who hold first place in the National League East with a 16-9 record. And the Marlins have done all of this without Henderson Alvarez, Jose Fernandez and Christian Yelich.

Over this impressive stretch, the Marlins’ rotation of Mat Latos, Jarred Cosart, Dan Haren, Tom Koehler and David Phelps have allowed three runs or fewer in each of the last 10 games. Haren kept that train moving on Saturday night, contributing six scoreless innings in the win over the Phillies.

Miami looks for the series sweep on Sunday afternoon. Cosart takes the bump for the good guys, while something called a Severino Gonzalez gets the call for Philadelphia.

Marlins having fun and winning to even record

Steve Gorten, Palm Beach Post

MIAMI — Dee Gordon playfully pretended to run away from reporters.

Marcell Ozuna and Ichiro Suzuki joked with each other, and Giancarlo Stanton cracked up at his locker overhearing their exchange amid the celebratory rap music. Dan Haren pointed out no one panicked two weeks ago, and on the other side of the clubhouse, Martin Prado echoed those sentiments.

Eleven days after sinking to 3-11, the Marlins evened their season record Saturday, pounding the Phillies 7-0 at Marlins Park for their ninth win in 10 games, and seventh on this nine-game home stand that will end Sunday. Click here for full article.

Miami Marlins left fielder Christian Yelich could return from injury Thursday

Manny Navarro, Miami Herald

Marlins left fielder Christian Yelich expects to be back in the lineup when the team opens the second leg of a three-city, 11-day road trip Thursday in San Francisco.

That’s assuming all goes well after he begins a three-day rehab stint Sunday in Jupiter.

Yelich said he has been hitting in the cages for the past three days and hasn’t felt any discomfort in his lower back. He has been on the disabled list since April 20. Click here for full article.

Marlins pitchers Latos, Alvarez throw bullpen sessions

Steve Gorten, Palm Beach Post

Injured right-handers Mat Latos (left hamstring strain) and Henderson Alvarez (right shoulder) each threw a bullpen session Saturday.

“With Henderson, if everything goes well today, we’ll see about him next week going out and starting to pitch and ramp up again,” Marlins manager Mike Redmond said.

Latos, who left Wednesday’s game against the Mets in the fifth inning due to his injury, said before his bullpen session that he felt “alright” throwing Friday, but “sore” on Saturday. Click here for full article.

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