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Updated: 2017-09-19T06:30:02-04:00


Marlins morning news: Offensive onslaught downs Mets


19 hits were more than enough to dispatch New York, who were shut down by Dan Straily before the bullpen secured the 13-1 win. Plus links on Miguel Rojas and Ichiro. Marlins News Dan Straily struck out eight batters in only five innings last night, and the Marlins collected a whopping 19 hits as they blew out the Mets. The big blow that got things started was Giancarlo Stanton's 55th long ball of the season, a three-run shot off Matt Harvey that traveled 455 feet. Miguel Rojas strained his left shoulder in Sunday's loss, and is listed as day-to-day. The issue has plagued him throughout the season, and it may require treatment in the off-season. It is now doubtful that third baseman Martin Prado will return to action for the Marlins this season after hurricane Irma halted his rehab process for nearly a week. A second-half surge, and a strong relationship with new owner Derek Jeter, means that it is becoming more and more likely that the Marlins decide to keep Ichiro for 2018. Around the League The Dodgers opened the game with a pair of homers, but Clayton Kershaw would allow the first grand slam of his career in a 4-3 loss to the Phillies. Dustin Pedroia had a foul ball ricochet off of home plate and into his face last night, forcing him to leave the game. He is listed as day-to-day. Corey Seager's elbow is still causing him issues, and the Dodgers will monitor him closely down the stretch to try and avoid a season-ending injury. Another prospect has died from injuries sustained in an automobile accident in the Dominican Republic. Miguel Gonzalez, a pitcher in the Orioles’ system, was only 21. The Brewers have edged ever closer to a playoff spot thanks to a 3-0 shutout of the Pirates. Aaron Judge was also at it again last night, belting his AL-leading 44th homer of the year in a 2-1 Yankees win. [...]

Marlins remind us what they are capable of, pulverize the Mets



13-1 in a triumphant return to Marlins Park

Let’s get this out of the way right off the bat: Yes, this was a September game with two teams out of it and a guy on the mound in Matt Harvey who has frankly been dreadful since returning from the disabled list shy of a month ago.

You can say to yourself “Where was all of this offense the past couple of weeks,” but HG Wells isn’t stepping out from behind that door to conjure us up a time machine, so take it for what it is: The Marlins offense did what they were supposed to do in this situation. Lest you think it was just the Fish feasting on poor Harvey, the Marlins also tagged the Mets bullpen for six runs.

13 runs on 19 hits. Every Marlins hitter that started the game had at least one hit, all but Tomas Telis and Brian Anderson had more than one (and Anderson logged his first major league triple with that one hit). Timeless Ichiro! had two hits, Dee Gordon and Marcell Ozuna had four hits apiece, and Giancarlo Stanton checked in with an Augustian night: Four runs driven in off of a double and a three run jack, bringing his total to 55 for the year, which happens to be the most in either league since Ryan Howard’s 58 in 2006.

Dan Straily was respectable if not spectacular for five innings, offering up three hits (and four walks), giving up a single run and punching out eight. Dustin McGowan (one inning) and Vance Worley (three innings) would finish up the night. They did their jobs.

There have been plenty of negative thoughts and words associated with the Marlins as of late, so it was great to see the team return to Miami and put on the show that the city deserved.

Seth Lugo vs Odrisamer Despaigne in game two tomorrow, 7:10 start.

(image) Courtesy of Fangraphs

King Fish: Giancarlo Stanton (.191)

Flounder: Matt Harvey (-.361)

Play of the game: Stanton three-run shot in the fourth (.147)

Mets @ Marlins: Game 150 Thread



Harvey vs Straily

Thread Question:

Will Matt Harvey ever regain form?

The Marlins don’t have an ace, but they do have José Ureña


The promising young right-hander will be a key piece to the rotation moving forward. The Miami Marlins have a pitching problem. They lack a couple of bullpen pieces and have had a mixed bag of starting pitchers over the past two years. While the Marlins haven’t resolved the gaping hole in their rotation following the tragic death of ace José Fernández, they do have a promising pitcher who is coming into his own. Meet José Ureña, a pitcher on the cusp of a career breakthrough. Ureña, 26, has shown major improvement in his third year in the Major Leagues. While consistency plagues the young righty, his ability is promising. His velocity, command and break on his pitches are impressive. Ureña has overcome odds this season after not making the Marlins’ rotation out of spring training. He entered this season with a 4-13 record and a 5.33 ERA in 21 previous starts. Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Urena (62) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. “He’s getting deeper in games, his pitch count is staying lower – for the most part where he’s not throwing 100 pitches in five innings – so it’s getting to be something that you can count on,” said manager Don Mattingly. “His stuff is consistent. You see some guys where their stuff varies from time-to-time…Jose’s stuff is pretty much the same every time he walks out there,” he told Andre C. Fernandez of the Miami Herald. Ureña’s ability to throw electric two-seam and four-seam fastballs consistently around 95 mph is what he’s known for, but it’s the command of his changeup and slider that have kept hitters guessing. How effective has he been this season? His record is 13-6 — good enough for 10th in the National League — with an ERA of 3.61 in 147 innings pitched. He also has shown the ability to strike hitters out with 101 Ks on the season, which averages 6.2 per nine innings. Ureña has limited runners to an on-base percentage of .311, which is a testimony to his 7.78 hits-per-nine-innings (9.79 last year). “We know the power’s there. He’s using his changeup. He’s using his slider. It at least makes you think as a hitter,” said Mattingly. But, Ureña must improve other aspects to his game if he is to breakthrough as a top of the rotation starter. Homeruns have troubled the right-hander, but his agonizing lack of consistency has been career crippling. In May, he posted a 3.23 ERA with about 30 innings pitched and 22 hits surrendered, which was Ureña’s best statistical month of the season. Despite his excellent stats in May, his numbers for June hit a small decline before free-falling in July, when he pitched to a 4.78 ERA with 13 walks and a season-high six home runs in 32 innings. He only struck out 17 batters for the entire month of August, but it’s worth noting that his batting average on balls in play is at .245 — a very respectable number. However, a top of the rotation or No. 2 starter needs to put the team on his back and pitch deep into games. Ureña has only eclipsed six innings twice all season — something the Marlins will need more of if they are to count on him to keep them in close games. It can’t be five or six innings of great pitching and then a bullpen battle the rest of the way every fifth day. Ureña has the ability and potential to be a fantastic pitcher for Miami, and has taken significant strides toward polishing his game this year. He’s not an ace or an all-star, but he may become one if he can bury his inconsistency demons. He does have one thing you can’t teach, though: nasty stuff. [...]

Marlins Morning News: Marlins lose again, now 17 of the last 20


No. 4 prospect Dillon Peters suffers second loss. Marlins News The Marlins lost again on Sunday at Miller Park. The Fish were the “home team”, having been displaced from Miami for the weekend series due to Hurricane Irma. It was the Marlins 17th loss in their last 20 games. Miguel Rojas had to leave the game after diving for a ground ball up the middle. He was diagnosed with a shoulder strain and will be evaluated day to day. Derek Jeter’s personal hitting coach in 2009, Gary Denbo, continues to be the favorite for a GM-type job with the Marlins under new ownership. See updates on nine, #4. If you have $250 burning a hole in your pocket, take a look at the “Players Weekend Jersey Auction” on The high bid for Giancarlo “Cruz” Stanton’s jersey is currently at $1,009. Is Stanton still in the conversation for MVP this year? Check out Clark Spencer’s column and take the pulse on what some national writers are saying. Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images Giancarlo Stanton Around the League The Cleveland Indians looked to start another winning streak by defeating the Royals on Saturday and winning the American League Central title. According to the as of September 11, the Indians are the second choice to win the World Series this year at 9/2. The Rockies are 66-1!!! The Red Sox got away with a slap on the wrist for stealing signs from the Yankees using technology. David Price is moving from the DL to the bullpen in time for the postseason. Alex Speier lays out why the move makes sense for Boston. Tigers starter Matt Boyd came oh so close to a no-hitter against the White Sox, until Tim Anderson decided to ruin the party with two outs in the ninth. Finally, anybody can forget what inning it is in a baseball game, just ask Matt Dermondy. [...]

Game 149 Preview: Marlins At Brewers



Another home game at Miller Park for the Fish.

Today at 2:10 ET, the Marlins will “host” the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park in Wisconsin. Miami is 2-3 versus the Brewers this season, and this will be the last of six times the two clubs face off.

Milwaukee defeated the Marlins, 10-2 on Friday, and the Marlins came back with a 7-4 victory last night, so today’s game can see Miami salvage a late-season series despite having won just three of their last 19 matchups.

Yesterday, the Marlins relied on a four-run first inning and a two-run homer by Derek Dietrich (12) for the victory. Marcell Ozuna, Justin Bour, and Dee Gordon all joined Dietrich with two hits on the day. Adam Conley (7-7, 5.20) struck out six batters in 5 23 serviceable innings, and Drew Steckenrider added three more strikeouts in a rookie season to remember. Steckenrider dropped his ERA to just 2.08 in the contest.

Dillon Peters (0-1, 2.50) will take the hill for the Marlins in today’s matchup. He’ll be looking for his first major league win in his fourth start with the parent club. He has struck out 18 in as many innings, holding opponents to a .234 batting average and 1.33 WHIP. He will face off opposite right-hander Brandon Woodruff (1-2, 3.14), a fellow rookie who has racked up a 1.19 WHIP and a .224 opponent’s batting average.

Gametime: 2:20 EST, Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

All-time head-to-head: Miami is 69-70 against the Brewers all-time, their .496 win percentage ranks as their ninth-best against any opponent. Incidentally, the Fish are only above .500 against two NL teams, the Colorado Rockies (104-91), and the Washington Nationals (213-198). They’re also at .741 against the Baltimore Orioles (20-7), at .667 against the Toronto Blue Jays (18-9), and at .533 versus the Seattle Mariners (8-7). says: Miami has a 56.3% chance of victory in this game.


Miami: 69-79, .466, on pace for a 76-86 season. Second in the NL East Division, eighth in the National League, 20th in the majors. Last 10: L-L-W-L-L-L-L-L-L-W. Playoff Odds: 0.0%

Milwaukee: 78-70, .527, on pace for a 85-77 season. Second in the NL Central Division, sixth in the National League, 10th in the majors. Last 10: L-L-W-W-W-L-W-W-W-L. Playoff Odds: 22.2%

Marlins finally win a game



It’s about time.

The Marlins, who have been in a free fall for a few weeks, finally picked up a win on Saturday night.

Miami snapped a six-game losing streak with a 7-4 win over the Brewers.

Milwaukee, who is the "away" team despite playing in their home ballpark, got out to a quick lead in the first inning. Travis Shaw gave Milwaukee a 1-0 lead after an RBI groundout.

The Marlins would respond with a four-run inning to take a 4-1 lead. Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna, and Miguel Rojas all contributed RBI singles in the first.

Miami would open the game up in the third when Derek Dietrich hit a two-run homer to give the Marlins a 6-1 advantage. However, the Brew Crew would begin to claw back into the game, as Ryan Braun and Shaw both homered in the sixth to cut the Marlins lead to 6-3.

Miami would add an insurance run in the seventh when Justin Bour singled home Dee Gordon to up the lead to 7-3. Although Braun would add an RBI double late to cut the Marlins lead to 7-4, Miami finished off the win.

The fish moved to 10 games under .500 with the win, which is far from where they were just a few weeks ago, when they were over .500.

Adam Conley allowed three runs and five hits in 5.2 innings. This start marked Conley's first win since August 20 against the Mets. The relief pitching was finally a highlight tonight, as four pitchers out of the bullpen combined to allow only one run on three hits.

Zach Davies got the start for Milwaukee, and he allowed six runs and eight hits in four innings.

Miami will look to win the series in tomorrow's rubber match at 1:10 p.m. Brandon Woodruff will start for Milwaukee, while Dillon Peters will make his fourth career start for the Marlins.

Brewers @ Marlins: Game 148 Thread



Thread Question:

Besides Giancarlo hitting 50+ home runs this season, what's one positive thing you can take away from this season?