Morning Marlin Maniacs. The plan was to have given you a lot more baseball coverage this weekend. Two night games, after we just pointed you in the direction of what Don Mattingly had to say about there not being enough night games in Spring Training? Well it was about then that Mother Nature decided to remind us what all the fuss was about when they announced Marlins Park would have a roof. Not one, but two, games were cancelled in the final tune up weekend for the regular season, leaving only yesterday’s holiday offering of weekend baseball.
Despite those meteorological difficulties, we’ll press on with this Miami Marlins Fish Flash anyway. The focus will be on the rotation today, as we direct you to read up on the campaigns submitted by the only players that were really contending for something this spring- Adam Conley and Jarred Cosart, and the “race” for No. 4.
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MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro breaks down the sterling spring turned in by 2011 second round pick Adam Conley in the above piece, and it’s enough to build some excitement about how far the club could go in 2016. Wei-Yin Chen and Jose Fernandez are expected to be good- to compete, they need a third starter to move from “keep you in the game” to “win the game for you”. Conley might just be making that leap.
While every Fernandez fastball and Conley’s performance have dominated pitching related headlines coming out of Jupiter, the Miami Marlins Jarred Cosart has had a more than solid spring himself. The Miami Herald’s Clark Spencer sat down with the righty to get his take on his freakish struggles last year, and how slighted he felt coming into camp in 2016.
Ok, you probably didn’t need to be told that. But it’s always nice when ESPN gives the Miami Marlins a little bit of love. Jerry Crasnick gives it a shot, and pens a thorough analysis a dynamic duo that rivals any opposing tandem the league can throw against the Fish.