"The Marlins lost their home opener tonight 2-0 in front of 34,439 – a happy and festive crowd that showed little animosity about the front office’s controversial off-season roster purge." With, of course, the exception of a few fans.
The Miami Marlins fell 2-0 to the Atlanta Braves in the 2013 home opener at Marlins Park. Kevin Slowey had a good outing for the Marlins, unfortunately none of the Marlin bats showed up as Justin Upton proceeded to get twice as many hits as the entire Marlins team.
The Marlins experienced mania in 2003 when Dontrelle Willis, then a little known left-hander with a herky-jerky delivery, gave birth to D-Train mania. Willis became an immediate rage in a season he won National League Rookie of the Year honors. Could Jose Fernandez mania be next in Miami?
The only difference between the Marlins first base situation and the classic "who's on first?" sketch is...nothing.
Paul Swydan of FanGraphs compares Jose Fernandez's debut with other 20-year-old pitchers. With a blazing fastball and a spectacular curveball, Fernandez has put himself in good company.
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Jose Fernandez debut: How does Fernandez's start influence the Marlins starting rotation's future? - Fish Stripes
Before Sunday's start, Jose Fernandez was a major question mark, and his stint in the majors could still have been halted short. But after a spectacular debut, his stay seems permanent, so what will the Marlins do with the rest of the rotation?
Jose Fernandez had as strong a major league debut for the Miami Marlins as they could have imagined, striking out eight batters and looking the part of an ace. What did Pitch F/X see from his pitches?
With Casey Kotchman placed on the 15-day disabled list and Logan Morrison already on the 60-day DL, the Marlins are struggling to find a consistent first baseman until Kotchman and eventually Morrison can get healthy.
Miami Marlins vs. Atlanta Braves: Braves shut out Marlins offense, 2-0 - Fish Stripes
The Miami Marlins failed to get anything going offensively versus Paul Maholm and the Atlanta Braves. Justin Upton gets four hits including a solo home run, and it was enough to beat Kevin Slowey and the Marlins.