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Before all hell broke loose on Twitter last night because of the Troy Tulowitzki trade, we at Marlin Maniac had the privilege of hosting Chris Cotillo on our Marlin Maniac podcast, FishCast.
It is certainly an episode fans want to check out, as Cotillo breaks down the Steve Cishek trade. He also talks about Marlins trades that could go down in the next couple of days, including Martin Prado, Dan Haren, Mat Latos, Michael Morse, and Derek Dietrich, to name a few.
Not to be forgotten, after Chris jumped off the podcast, Chris O’Leary (or the @thepainguy on Twitter) joined us to talk about the mechanics of Miami Marlins pitching. Chris suggested Alvarez be shut down for the rest of the season, and he suggested trading a certain Marlins pitcher while they have a ton of value. Any guesses?
Watch below to find out.Miami Marlins News Around the Web:
Marlins’ Fernandez set to put home streak on line as trade rumors follow team — Craig Davis, South Florida Sun Sentinel
The Marlins are beginning a nine-game homestand in which more interest centers on who may be on the way out of town before Friday’s non-waiver trade deadline than what may transpire on the field.
The exception is Tuesday’s series opener when Jose Fernandez‘s streak of 22 starts at Marlins Park without a loss will be challenged by the first-place Nationals. That is a modern record for a pitcher to begin a career.
With Marlins returning from a disappointing 3-7 trip trailing the Nationals by 12 games, trade rumors continue to focus on several players who may be traded by Friday’s 4 p.m. deadline. (Read More Here)
Marlins Park in rare air with home run count among lowest in majors — Steven Wine, Associated Press
MIAMI — The weekend before the Cincinnati Reds’ Todd Frazier won the Home Run Derby, he couldn’t slug his way out of Marlins Park.
Miami Marlins right-hander Dan Haren counted two or three balls hit by Frazier in the four-game series that would have been home runs in Cincinnati but came down short of the distant fences in Miami. Haren said the vast dimensions cost the Reds four or five home runs, including a couple in the game he pitched and won. (Read More Here)
Steve Cishek was dealt to St. Louis and as a result the Marlins are in need of a new setup man. Although Brad Hand has limited experience pitching out of the bullpen, Hand is expected to become the Marlins’ new late inning relief option, according to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro.
Hand, 25, has seen time in a variety of different roles in his time with the Marlins. He made his major league debut as a starting pitcher but has also seen time as the Marlins’ long reliever. He has not been used as a left-handed specialist late in games, however that might change moving forward. (Read More Here)
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