Midday Marlin Maniacs, and Happy Thursday. The Miami Marlins ran their streak of starting pitchers surrendering 3 ER or less to ten games Monday night, thanks to six shutout innings from team ace Jose Fernandez. When all was said and done, the visiting Metropolitans were limited to just two runs on the night.
So, naturally, the Marlins lost handily.
The complete inability to drive in runs continues from the run-starved homestand, and has plagued the Marlins throughout their five-game losing streak. Though they have now gone two straight without a quality start, Tom Koehler is the only starter that has given up more than three earned runs in the last twelve games. The Fish now sit 3.5 games out of the Wild Card, and have lost any chance of claiming a tie-breaker over New York after Wednesday night’s loss.
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So today’s Fish Flash will lead you to three pieces meant to bemoan, fix, or fondly reflect. From the hitting coach’s observations, to another new look lineup, to what went right early on, we’ve got you covered. Time to dive in.
First up, the first of two Miami Herald features. Clark Spencer talked hitting, or the lack thereof, with Barry Bonds the other day. Is he happy? Naturally not. But confused? Doesn’t sound like it. Give it a read.
Next up, a new look lineup, and for the first time in forever, one that hasn’t been made to look that way out of injury necessity. Spencer discussed the moves with Don Mattingly, as well as a most prominently reshuffled Christian Yelich.
Lastly, a very metric driven retrospective from Patrick Dubuque of Baseball Prospectus looks at all the things that went right for the Marlins this season, and how a lot of moves they were criticized for at first are starting to be seen in a whole new light. Worth a look if you want some cheering up, even if it does end on a bit of a down note.