Miami Marlins Morning Catch: Is the Marlins’ offense…good?


Good morning, Marlin Maniac readers and welcome to Morning Catch, the daily morning news and notes column from about your Miami Marlins.

The Miami Marlins offense has been terrible throughout 2015, and you don’t need to watch each game or be an analyst to claim this. Standing at MLB’s 26th spot in runs for the first half, the Marlins also struggled to begin the second part of their season.

But in this recent four game stretch, Miami has scored 28 runs, which is their best stretch of runs since the mid-summer classic.

Last night marked the first Marlins loss in the past four games, but it didn’t see many struggles at the plate.

You may be thinking, who is the offense coming from with Stanton and Yelich on the DL?

And no, the answer hasn’t been Marcell Ozuna. The solution lies within the youth, such as Derek Dietrich and Cole Gillespie. The sample sizes are relatively small in these cases, but show the potential both players can be.

In Dietrich’s past four games, he has knocked eight hits, driving in five. Dietrich has played on a semi-regular basis this season, much to the dismay of Marlins fans, who notice how talented of an option he is.

Cole Gillespie’s five hits in the past two games have lead to four RBI. He continues to stay hot, with a batting average hovering around .315 recently.

Can these two batters solve Miami’s offensive troubles? Obviously not, but it’s a start. When Stanton, Yelich, and co. become fully healthy, the offensive embarrassment that has been the 2015 Marlins will be no more.

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From Around the Web:

Koehler off his game as Marlins drop finale — Adam McCalvy, Brandon Curry,

MILWAUKEE — Ryan Braun became the Brewers’ all-time home run leader and Khris Davis added two homers of his own to fuel Milwaukee’s offense as the Brewers topped the Marlins, 8-7, on Wednesday at Miller Park.

Braun smacked his 252nd career homer to lead off the sixth to pass Robin Yount as the franchise’s all-time leader. Both of Davis’ homers came against Miami starter Tom Koehler and on the first pitch of each at-bat. Koehler managed to go just 4 1/3 innings, allowing seven earned runs, and couldn’t take advantage of the early scoring provided by his offense. (Read More Here)

Cole Gillespie stays red hot vs. familiar foe — Brandon Curry,

MILWAUKEE — Cole Gillespie was selected by the Brewers in the third round of the 2006 MLB Draft. Over the past two games, the outfielder displayed why the club selected him that high — while in a Marlins uniform.

Gillespie came through for the second straight day for the Marlins, despite the team dropping the series finale against Milwaukee on Wednesday, 8-7. After not starting in the first game of the series, Gillespie collected four hits over the next two, including two on Wednesday. All in all, he drove in four of the 15 runs Miami scored with him in the starting lineup. (Read More Here)

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