Miami Marlins Morning Catch: Tom Koehler looks to keep up streak vs. Phillies
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With a quality start today against the Philadelphia Phillies, Tom Koehler would increase his quality starts streak to four games, his second largest streak of the season.
And he should have no problem doing so.
The 29-year-old righty has impressed to close out 2015, firing multiple quality starts against a now potent New York Mets offense in his last four outings. His largest season streak was seven in a row, where he faced weakened offenses such as San Diego, Boston, Philadelphia, and the earlier-season version of the Chicago Cubs.
In 11 innings against the Phillies this year, Koehler has given up five runs, striking out nine and walking four. However, the Phillies offense ranks the worst in baseball in the last 14 days, owning a .193 AVG and -1.2 WAR.
That being said, Koehler should be just fine. The Phillies have scored just five runs and their past five games. Putting it straight, they’re atrocious at the plate.
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From Around the Web:
Miami Marlins’ Dee Gordon honors his mother on field — Clark Spencer, Miami Herald
He wears her initials on his cleats and glove.
Devona Denise Strange.
Wherever Dee Gordon goes on a baseball diamond, his mother is right there with him.
Whenever he steals a base, she’s along for the ride. Whenever he gobbles up a ground ball, she’s in on the play.
But in spirit. Only in spirit.
The last time he saw her alive, she was walking him to his bus stop and sending him off to school. When the bus brought him back later that day, police cars and ambulances — lights flashing — were parked outside his apartment complex.
Gordon was 6, but remembers it like it was yesterday, all too vividly. (Read More Here)
Marlins seek strong finish, clarity for 2016 — Craig Davis, Sun Sentinal
This is what is known as playing out the string.
Or in the case of the Miami Marlins and their opponents for the remaining 12 games, playing in irrelevancy. Beginning their final homestand Tuesday against the bottom-feeding Phillies, the Marlins have seen the last of games with significance to anyone.
The Marlins seemed to rise to the role of spoiler this month in 13 games affecting the division race between the New York Mets and Washington Nationals, though losses in the final three games at Washington put some tarnish on their achievements as they ended 7-6 in those encounters. As recently as Thursday the Mets were showing appreciation via Twitter for a Miami win over the Nationals. (Read More Here)
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