Miami Marlins Fish Flash 8/21

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Aug 19, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli (29) tags out Miami Marlins first baseman Xavier Scruggs (53) at home plate to end the sixth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 19, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli (29) tags out Miami Marlins first baseman Xavier Scruggs (53) at home plate to end the sixth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /
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Morning Marlin Maniacs, Happy Weekend. Since our last splash of a news flash, some cause for optimism has come forth with a series win against the resurgent Pirates. That series win, incidentally, would be our first since August 7th, and just our second since July 27th.  Just a game and half back of the Cardinals for that last Wild Card spot, anything is possible. Certainly a winning season, which seemed in real danger of slipping away from our grasp just forty-eight hours ago. A loss today in the finale should not change those sentiments.

Of course, the top waiver wire target has also left the market, at least for the rest of the 2016 season. So along with a change in mood, there’s a change in focus as we get to the major Marlins stories currently circulating on the interwebs.  From some new trade targets, to a continued assault on history, to the bright side of a two-sided roster decision, we’ve got you covered. Let’s dive in.

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Fish Slayer Francoeur New Target? 

There are only three teams in baseball Jeff Francoeur has a higher batting average against than the Marlins, and he hasn’t played any of them even half as much as the 115 games he’s logged against the Fish. The 16 HR and 80 RBI that have come at Miami’s expense would be his highs relative to the rest of his opponents. And now, per the musings of MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro, he might just be done beating and ready to join. Check it out.

Ichiro Movin On Up  

Next up, the ageless wonder Ichiro Suzuki has secured 28th place on the all-time list, thanks to a big hit during yesterday’s action.  Once again, we turn to Joe Frisaro to guide you through it.

Phelps Comes Through In Homecoming 

Lastly, David Phelps had his strongest start yet as a member of Miami’s patchwork rotation. And even better yet for the multi-purpose righty, he had it in front of a whole slew of family and friends. The Miami Herald’s Andre C. Fernandez has the story.

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