Miami Marlins Morning Catch: 10 Game Road Trip Ahead
By Ehsan Kassim
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For the second time in 2015, the Miami Marlins are headed on a 10-game road trip. The first one was not too shabby for the Marlins, as they went 4-6 on a road trip. Four of the six losses occurred in a four-game sweep at the hands of the New York Mets.
The Marlins will be aiming for a similar result this road trip, if not better, as they face a much tougher test.
Starting today, the team will take on the Washington Nationals for 3 games, with the Nats looking for revenge after the Marlins swept them down in Miami.
Next, the Marlins will face the defending world champs, in the San Francisco Giants. While Casey McGehee and the Giants are off to a slow start, a Buster Posey led team will not be kept down for long. The Marlins better hope not to wake the sleeping giant this series.
Finally, the Marlins will reunite with Chris Hatcher, Enrique Hernandez, and the Los Angeles Dodgers. This will mark Dee Gordon‘s first return to Los Angeles. Giancarlo Stanton, who historically has hit well on these west coast trips, will look to continue his success in 2015.
Marlins News Around the Web:
Only the Marlins saw J.T. Realmuto at catcher
The Marlins believed J.T. Realmuto could be their catcher of the future before the idea ever crossed his mind.
He was a standout shortstop as a high school player in Oklahoma and only got behind the plate on the rare occasions when Carl Albert High School’s regular catcher was called out to pitch. By chance, a Marlins scout happened to be at one of those games and noted that he would be a perfect fit if he moved there permanently.
Miami Marlins catcher Jacob Realmuto, left, shakes hands with relief pitcher Steve Cishek (31) after defeating the Washington Nationals 6-2 in a baseball game, Sunday, April 26, 2015, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
“Everybody else was going to draft me at shortstop,” Realmuto said Wednesday before Miami hosted the Mets. “The Marlins were the only ones who wanted me to catch — and I was all for it. If they saw something, they know what they’re talking about. I was excited about that.” [Read More Here]
Marlins notes: Latos scheduled to start Tuesday against Nationals
Christina De Nicola, Fox Sports Florida
Miami Marlins right-hander Mat Latos will make his scheduled start on Tuesday night against the Nationals in Washington.
Latos, who exited Wednesday’s outing in the fifth inning with a strained left hamstring while running out a single, had been listed as day-to-day. He threw a successful bullpen on Saturday that reassured the Marlins he would be healthy enough to pitch.
The 27-year-old is 0-3 with a 6.86 ERA in five starts this season. [Read More Here]
Marlins @ Nationals Preview
Although the Miami Marlins have won nine of 11 to recover from a dismal start, another losing streak could be on the way.
Jordan Zimmermann might be the pitcher best suited to again slow them, and visits with the Washington Nationals haven’t been kind to manager Mike Redmond‘s team.
The clubs begin a three-game series Monday night at Nationals Park, where Zimmermann will try for an encore of his no-hitter last fall. [Read More Here]
Miami Marlins News: Christian Yelich set to return this week
Travis Honeycutt, Marlin Maniac
Christian Yelich hasn’t played in a major league game since April 19, but today the Miami Marlins’ left fielder began his rehab assignment with the Class-A Jupiter Hammerheads.
According to Christina De Nicola of Fox Sports Florida, Yelich is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Thursday for the first game of the Marlins’ four-game series in San Francisco. [Read More Here]
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