Miami Marlins Morning Catch: Eliminated Marlins playing for pride


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For an extended period of time now, we’ve known that the Marlins won’t make the playoffs this season. On Friday, the Miami Marlins were officially mathematically eliminated from 2015 MLB Postseason contention.

However, that hasn’t altered Miami’s motivation to win games. Last night, the Marlins won their fourth game in a row, 6-2 over the Braves, powered by the tandem of Justins; Justin Bour‘s bat, and Justin Nicolino‘s arm.

Nicolino suffered just two hits and a run in seven impressive innings, out-dueling opposing pitcher Julio Teheran. Justin Bour’s two run moonshot lifted the Marlins offense, as Miami’s six run offensive performance puts the Fish at 18 runs scored this series.

“Those players are playing with pride,” Marlins manager Dan Jennings said. “They realize there is no rainbow at the end in terms of the postseason. But there is the mindset that this core is together. This core is good and finishing this season strong and getting ready for 2016.”

The Marlins will play their final home game tomorrow, when Tom Koehler (10-14, 3.94 ERA) squares off against Shelby Miller (5-16, 3.00 ERA).

ICYMI: Jose Fernandez makes history and Young guns of Miami — Adam Conley

From Around the Web:

Marlins nearing decision on Stanton return — Juan C. Rodriguez, Sun Sentinal

Giancarlo Stanton has not seen a major league pitch since June 26. The Miami Marlins have yet to determine whether he’ll get back in the box this season or shut it down until next spring.

A fractured hand has kept Stanton sidelined for more than two months. In July, he underwent surgery with a six- to eight-week timetable for a return. The hand did not respond as quickly as the Stanton or the club anticipated, preventing his return to the lineup.

“We’re getting close to that yea or nay date,” manager Dan Jennings said. “There still scar tissue and it’s strength. It’s the same two issues. We have left it in his court.” (Read More Here)

Atlanta Braves Reeled in by Miami Marlins, 6-2 — John Buhler,

The Atlanta Braves had close to nothing on offense tonight versus the Miami Marlins as Atlanta is predictably reeled in by the Miami Marlins, 6-2 Saturday night.

Most of the offense in this game between the Atlanta Braves and the Miami Marlins can in the first three innings, as Atlanta falls to Miami 6-2 on Saturday night. Miami did open up this close game in the bottom of the eighth with four additional runs. (Read More Here)

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