Miami Marlins Morning Catch: Looking ahead towards 2016
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Ever since August 31st’s trade deadline, Marlins fans have shifted attention towards 2016. Yesterday, Miami’s schedule was released, allowing us to zone in on actual matchups.
– Full Miami Marlins 2016 schedule
Let’s begin with Opening Day. The Marlins will play host to the Detroit Tigers on April 5th and 6th to begin the year. After thirteen games against NL East opponents, the Fish will embark on a lengthy road trip, featuring series’ with the Giants, Dodgers, and Brewers.
Miami finishes the first half of next season with a home series against Cincinnati, in similar fashion to 2015. They take the road to kick off the second half against another NL Central opponent in St. Louis.
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Regarding interleague play, the Marlins will see the AL Central relatively often, facing Kansas City and Chicago at home, Cleveland and Minnesota on the road, and Detroit both in Florida and Michigan. They also travel to St. Petersburg to face the Rays, along with a pair of games at home against the in-state foe.
Before concluding the regular season in Washington, the Marlins will host a 10-game home stand, where they face the Mets, Braves, and Nationals. Hopefully these games will matter, but like always, there remains no guarantee.
Overall, not many assumptions can be made surrounding a 2016 schedule while the current season continues to take place. However, with the last 19 games coming against divisional opponents, the NL East race may be fun next year.
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From Around the Web:
Miami Marlins players ‘expressing displeasure’ in clubhouse — Scott Gelman, Fishstripes
Miami released Jeff Baker after he was reportedly spreading an anti-front office message and he might not be the only one to do so. The Marlins have struggled throughout the course of the season, and according to Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald, several players have been privately “expressing displeasure” with the organization.
Jackson notes several players believe the team is still “prioritizing saving money over winning” and are questioning Dan Jennings‘ in-game decisions. (Read More Here)
J.T. Realmuto hits two homers, including inside-the-parker, to lift Marlins to 6-4 win over Brewers — Harvey Fialkov, Sun Sentinal
Last month rookie catcher J.T. Realmuto was bidding to become the first Marlin to hit for the cycle, but fell a double shy.
Well, there was nothing shy about his performance Tuesday night when he became the first Marlin to ever hit an inside-the-park homer and an over-the-fence homer in Marlins Park in the same game – let alone in his first two at-bats – to spark a 6-4 victory over the Brewers.
Since Marlins Park opened in 2012, only Dee Gordon has hit an inside-the-parker there, and that came against the Giants on June 30. Unfortunately, there was only an announced season-low crowd of 14,958 to witness the rare feat with thousands of them seemingly disguised as empty seats. (Read More Here)
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