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Amidst managerial confusion, prolonged team struggles, and player frustration, the Miami Marlins have opened up a bright spot in 2015. September has been just about perfect for Miami, who has performed up to its potential in this short timeframe.
Last night proved to be the most exciting matchup of September. It was expected that Giancarlo Stanton would provide said excitement, but a setback has kept the slugger sidelined.
Instead, the drama came on both offense and defense. And while offensively, the Fish have been subpar, their defensive game has stepped up in 2015, ranking as MLB’s third most efficient team in Defensive Runs Saved with 37. Just last night, fans saw one of the more impressive plays of the year in Marcell Ozuna‘s wall-clinging grab.
After hauling down Curtis Granderson‘s long fly, Ozuna lept at the wall. Then, realizing his early jump, Ozuna used his hand to secure his position against the right field wall, making the grab for an out.
Marcell Ozuna hasn’t played a game in right this season, but clearly showed his potential defensive ability at that position. On offense, Ozuna drove in a go-ahead run in the seventh with a bases-loaded walk.
If the Marlins can rack up momentum with stretches of play similar to this, 2016 may signal playoff aspirations. But let’s wait and see how September plays out. Right now, enjoy the great baseball, as it may not last.
From Around the Web:
Giancarlo Stanton still day to day in journey back from wrist surgery — Christina De Nicola, Fox Sports Florida
MIAMI — Miami Marlins All-Star slugger Giancarlo Stanton remains day to day in his recovery from surgery on his left hamate fracture, according to manager Dan Jennings.
When speaking to media last week, Stanton said he hoped to return from the disabled list when the Marlins opened their homestand Friday against the division-leading New York Mets. (Read More Here)
Prado’s fifth hit boosts Marlins past Mets in 11th — Craig Davis, Sun Sentinal
The Marlins’ season began to unravel early when they were swept in a four-game series by the Mets in April at Citi Field.
While the Mets have seized control of the race in the National League East, the Marlins have a chance to gain some measure of satisfaction by throw a roadblock on their dash to the playoffs with six meetings in the final month.
They laid down the first speed bump Friday in a spirited 6-5 victory at Marlins Park. (Read More Here)
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