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The Marlins’ Dee Gordon has posted impressive numbers of late, both at the plate and on the base paths. Coming into yesterday, Gordon slashed .387/.441/.548 in his last 15 games.
The 27-year-old second baseman singled twice last night, and took advantage of his presence on the bases, swiping four bags in Miami’s 5-2 victory over Pittsburgh.
The fourth stolen base came on a fastball in which Pirates catcher Fransisco Cervelli didn’t even bother tossing the ball down to third, something Gordon has seen throughout his career.
2015 marks the second consecutive year that Dee has breached the 45 mark. The speedster’s clip of 65 in 2014 looks to remain his career high, thanks to Gordon’s stint on the DL this season.
Dee Gordon finds himself second among all MLB players in stolen bases, just shy of Billy Hamilton‘s 54. The two have proven to be found in an exclusive class of base stealers, on pace to place numbers one and two in such category for the second consecutive season.
When I mentioned how speed remains Dee Gordon’s most valuable trait, he didn’t take that lightly. However, I stick with my word. ‘Flash’ Gordon can flat out run, and not many in the league can prove their superiority to him.
From Around the Web:
Marlins’ Brad Hand holds Pirates in check to halt losing streak — Craig Davis, Sun Sentinal
Perplexing. Maddening. Confounding.
The Marlins’ erratic hitting has been all of that, particularly the sudden inability to score on the current homestand that followed one of the most productive offensive runs of the season.
“I think it drives all of us crazy — the guys who that are trying to do it [especially]. But you know what, they grind it every night,” Marlins manager Dan Jennings said before Tuesday’s game. (Read More Here)
Marlins’ Ichiro Suzuki makes 10,000th plate appearance, becomes 2nd in MLB — Christina De Nicola, Fox Sports Florida
MIAMI — Miami Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki became the second-fastest major leaguer to reach 10,000 plate appearances on Tuesday night.
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