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Its amazing the kind of flak Miami Marlins’ superstar Giancarlo Stanton gets on Twitter. He’s been called unclutch and ridiculed for his batting average for much of the season, despite having an extremely impressive, personal record-breaking power showing early on this season.
I Tweeted this out earlier from the Marlin Maniac Twitter account:
Last year Stanton posted a 151 wRC+ and has a career mark of 142. So while his numbers are down from his career marks, he’s still having a damn impressive season that most players would kill for.
Also, lets keep in mind that Stanton’s BABIP is currently sitting at .263 for the season. His career mark is significantly higher at .323.
With his 2012 power stroke and more luck on balls in play, we are seeing a player that could exceed last years numbers, once he starts to find a little luck.
Stop complaining and enjoy the show.
Miami Marlins Series Preview: Giancarlo Stanton Visits Coors Field
Believe it or not, the Miami Marlins have played better of late. After starting 0-5 under new manager Dan Jennings, the team has gone 6-5 in their last 11 to pull back within 10 games under .500 for the season.
While 10 games under never sounds good, it’s a start to a march back to the .500 mark. Can the team pull that off, I don’t know, I won’t rule it out, but I also would not bet on it.
The Miami Marlins have won back-to-back series for what feels like the first time this season. They can make it three straight with a series win over the Colorado Rockies, on the road. In fact, 6 of the Marlins next 9 games are against the NL West basement dwellers. A good chance for the Marlins to try to turn things around. (Read More Here)
MLB Draft 2015: Examining the high school outfielder trio
The Miami Marlins appear to be in line to select a talented player with the 12th pick of the 2015 MLB Draft. The early pundits all seem to be pointing towards a prep outfielder despite the team’s lack of need in the outfield. The Fish have reasonable depth at that position, but more importantly the club has a trio to whom you could refer as the best outfield in baseball. Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna, and Giancarlo Stanton may all be here for some time, but if the Marlins feel the best future talent at the 12th pick is in the outfield, they should draft for talent and not for need. Remember, very rarely does an MLB draft pick have a chance to make an immediate contribution to the roster unless they are first-pick immense talents, usually coming out of college.
That being said, if the Marlins want a prep outfielder, they have plenty of options. There are a number of names who could all be called up around the 12th pick in the draft, and they all have varying levels of fit on the Fish. So which players seem to fit the team’s desired style the best? Let’s briefly discuss a few names. (Read More Here)
Giancarlo Stanton’s long HR helps Marlins beat Rockies
DENVER (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton’s success at altitude is not surprising. Tom Koehler dominating in the same park stands out.
Stanton hit a mammoth home run, Koehler pitched seven effective innings and theMiami Marlins beat the Colorado Rockies 6-2 Friday on another rain-soaked night at Coors Field.
J.T. Realmuto had a career-high four hits for the Marlins, who have won three straight.
Koehler has dominated the Rockies in four starts — three in hitter-friendly Denver. He didn’t allow a hit and faced the minimum Friday until Troy Tulowitzki andCarlos Gonzalez had consecutive two-out singles in the fourth. (Read More Here)
Breaking Down Dee Gordon’s Surprising Start to the Season
Dee Gordon has always been a supreme athlete, but scouts, analysts, fans and even his coaches have always pondered whether he would ever truly be a “baseball player.”
Well, this year Gordon has answered the naysayers with a resounding, defiant “Yes.”
Traded from the Los Angeles Dodgers to the Miami Marlins in a seven-player deal this offseason, Gordon has done everything in his power to make his former team rue the day it sent him to the other side of the country. (Read More Here)
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