The Miami Marlins topped the San Francisco Giants, 11-3 in their series opener at Marlins Park on Tuesday night.
The victory pushes the Miami Marlins record to 18-34, which puts them on pace for a 56-106 record through a 162 game campaign. Aside from a three-game slump to the Washington Nationals, they’ve now won eight-of-11 games. Here’s a few things we noticed.
With 39 total team home runs, the Miami Marlins still rank dead last in Major League Baseball, but with more displays of raw power possible in the future, they may threaten – for next-to-last.
Jorge Alfaro still leads the club in the category, with his eighth home run tonight. He’s on pace for a 25 home run season, although it’s feast or famine with him when it comes to extra-base hits. He’s collected a grand total of 10 for the season, including the eight home runs, zero triples, and only a pair of doubles. His 19 RBI ranks second on the club, to Brian Anderson‘s 21.
"It’s really nice to be working like a team. That’s how you feel here in the dugout that we are like – playing together. – Alfaro"
Rosell Herrera, who had thus far this season been a shoo-in for this season’s Yadiel Rivera mantle (all field, no hit) went deep for the first time since joining the team. The round-tripper, a pinch-hit tater in Curtis Granderson‘s leadoff spot, pushed Herrera’s average to .207, the first time it’s been that high since April 6th, when he was sporting a .217 mark.
Garrett Cooper also went deep for the fish, but more on him later.
A New H Ramirez
In 12 starts since joining the parent club, Harold Ramirez has hit safely in 11 of them. In six of those games, he’s gone for multiple hits, including tonight’s three-for-four effort. The resultant .413/.460/.543 slash line begs the question: “Will Lewis Brinson find a spot in the outfield when he returns?”
Trevor Richards’ Best
A season of feast-or-famine for Trevor Richards in 2019 so far. After tying for the 2018 team-lead with 130 strikeouts, Richards has had good starts and bad for this years’ model. In Tuesday’s game, he finished with a personal season-best GameScore of 72, striking out five and allowing two hits and a walk. The only dimple on the scoreboard against him was a Joe Panik first-inning solo-blast. Richards put 60-of-92 pitches in the strike zone, and ranks second only to Caleb Smith‘s 72 strikeouts for the season, with 55.
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Garrett Cooper continues to show the Marlins some of the power they were banking on after his acquisition from the New York Yankees. It may have been one of the Marlins low-key best moves of the Jeter-era. They got Cooper along with nominal team-ace Smith for minor league pitcher Michael King.
Cooper now has three home runs in 18 games, a HR rate second to only Alfaro on the club. Although he’s only hitting .233/.324/.400 after 60 at bats, it’s important to consider that he started the season 0-for-14. Since then, his 14-for-46 clip is good for a more-palatable .304 average.
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