Why have the Marlins stopped hitting recently? They have been shut out in two straight contests (Dodgers Sunday, Phillies Monday). As different as the Marlins line up is now compared to when the season started, what happened to the idea certain players would take advantage of an everyday opportunity to start? Where is Ruggiano recently? How come Petey is not stepping up? Or even, where has Solano gone? Whether a player is a young guy trying to make it, or a player who has not done much recently and the organization is thinking of splitting ways with at the end of the season, it seems to me no one has stepped up. And its not only the trades that have opened doors. Injuries to Stanton and Bonifacio have also helped these 'back up players' to see more time. Yet, as the game started Tuesday night, the Marlins have once again forgot to hit the ball.
- As familiar as Josh Johnson is with the Philadelphia Phillies, he will be completely unfamiliar with his new battery mate. Rob Brantly will make his major league debut Tuesday. Imagine, the start will be the 16th career start against these NL East opponents for Johnson. Not only does Brantly not know the Phillies hitters, he will be learning JJ as he goes. Good luck youngster!
- The New Orleans Zephyrs beat the Fresno Grizzlies 2-1 on Tuesday. The win now pushes the Marlins' triple A affiliate to 11 games over .500. They are this many games over for the first time since 2007. Read more here about the victory.
- Fish Bytes asks for your help in deciding which is Giancarlo Stanton's best catch. There are two choices. He absolutely robbed Eric Kratz on Monday night. And in May, Stanton had another great grab.
- Great article from the Fish Pond this week. It writes on how Josh Johnson is fully back healthy now. He has made every start this season. In fact, Johnson is making his 24th start of the season Tuesday night. Part of the success is the suggestions he has taken from Carlos Zambrano and Mark Buehrle. They told him to scale back between starts to save his arm for the long season.
- Nathan Eovaldi struggled again Monday night. Make that two good starts in his time with the Marlins, and two bad starts. Hopefully the right hander is learning about pitching in the NL East. He will need the knowledge if he is going to be in the rotation next season. Read more here.
Around the League
- The Cardinals have placed lefty reliever Brian Fuentes on the restricted list. He informed the team he needed to step away for personal reasons. If this is truly the end for Fuentes, I don't remember him doing much other than a few good seasons for the Rockies and Angels.
At Fish Stripes
- Mr. Evans shares with us what we can really expect from Rob Brantly this season. Personally, I don't think we will see much. But I do agree this guy will hit for average year in and year out. And when he is ready, the Marlins will be better for it.