3 takeaways from yesterday’s Miami Marlins doubleheader
By Neil Raymond
The Miami Marlins beat the Colorado Rockies 14-1 in the first game of the doubleheader and then lost 13-12 in the second game. It was a memorable doubleheader as overall both teams scored 40 runs!
The Fish ultimately outscored Colorado 26-14 and it’s becoming clear that the lineup isn’t really as big of a concern for The Fish as originally thought. There are multiple takeaways from the games actually, so it makes sense to go over all of them and see what we learned about our team going forward.
There are 3 takeaways from yesterday’s Miami Marlins doubleheader.
3. The Miami Marlins aren’t that bad offensively after all
A popular topic throughout the season was that The Fish didn’t have enough hitting, yet we are scoring an above average 4.38 runs per game. Were worries about our offense overblown? I still think that we could use more help, it was Coors Field after all, but perhaps offense isn’t really the issue as much as previously thought. Then again, maybe a trade for a middle of the order bat like Xander Bogaerts could work (if he can then be extended of course).
The important thing here is that the Miami Marlins have a better offense than previously thought. Jorge Soler for example is clearly the middle of the order bat that he was signed to be. Soler already has 11 home runs in only 173 AB’s, which means that a 40 home run season really isn’t unrealistic for him at all. Jesús Sánchez is showing signs of waking up with the bat as well. He’s been batting .316 with 2 home runs and 4 RBI over the last week.
Jazz Chisholm Jr. is another big bat that broke out this season. Chisholm is in my opinion the best lead-off hitter in the game, so combined with Soler and with solid contributions from the likes of DH Garrett Cooper and 1B Jesus Aguilar, the lineup gets things done. I still think that we need that middle of the order bat, but it’s as good a foundation as any.