Miami Marlins vs Atlanta Braves: Three Stories To Watch

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Sep 23, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins second baseman Derek Dietrich (32) forces out Atlanta Braves catcher Tyler Flowers (25) at second base to turn the double play during the second inning at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 23, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins second baseman Derek Dietrich (32) forces out Atlanta Braves catcher Tyler Flowers (25) at second base to turn the double play during the second inning at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Miami Marlins are getting pretty thin at middle infield. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
The Miami Marlins are getting pretty thin at middle infield. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports /

Naturally…Who’s The Shortstop?

Hopefully some fans of classic of comedy caught the reference there, but the Marlins infield situation is no laughing manner. For a more thorough breakdown of this, be sure to check out Phil Kimmel’s piece, but it’s no secret that Adeiny Hechavarria found himself getting placed on the 10-day DL this past Sunday.

Defensively, he’s a magician. Offensively, to paraphrase Bull Durham‘s Crash Davis, he couldn’t hit water if he fell out of a boat. Fans will have mixed reactions on this one.

But what makes the story more interesting is that Miguel Rojas seemed to be favoring his shoulder, enough so that team beat reporter Joe Frisaro felt it necessary to talk with him about it. Plus, you might have noticed that Martin Prado isn’t with the team. Or that the Marlins are going with a four-man bench, not five.

Whether it’s what the offense looks like with Hech out of the lineup, or just to see if anyone else that doesn’t play outfield gets hurt, there’s plenty to keep an eye on here.

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