It took nearly one-quarter of the season but the Marlins finally played with the same starting lineup in consecutive games for the first time on Wednesday. “The stars aligned right,” Redmond joked prior to tonight’s game against Cincinnati.
Catcher Jeff Mathis made his Marlins debut on Thursday night and he caught rookie Jose Fernandez. Fernandez faced the Reds for the second time this year. A day after Fernandez beat the Dodgers with six strong innings on Friday, manager Don Mattingly compared Fernandez to Seattle ace Felix Hernandez. “He reminded me of King Felix. Same body. Kind of the wide lower half. That turn he has and kind of the attack from there to the strike zone,” Mattingly said last Saturday.
The thought has occurred that the disease fire sale arsonist Jeffrey Loria has wrought upon South Florida might be spreading. There’s no doubt that Loria’s reprehensible crashing of the Marlins has caused fans to ignore the team by the thousands. The club’s intermittent closing of the upper deck at Marlins Park is only one indication baseball fans routinely are turning their backs on Loria’s scandalous approach to team ownership.
There is strong sentiment within the Marlins organization to take a college position player with their first pick — the sixth overall — in next month’s amateur draft. With five of the first 80 picks in the draft, the Marlins have a chance to continue adding to their stockpile of young talent in the wake of the team’s roster sell-off from last year.
The sample size is small, but the numbers are eye-popping. By going 3-for-6 on Wednesday with two home runs and a double for Double A Jacksonville, Marlins uber-prospect Christian Yelich padded his already gaudy stats this month. Over his past 10 games, Yelich has 10 extra-base hits, including five home runs, for a slugging percentage of .973.
Being a catcher, Jeff Mathis is used to pain. He's had his face and wrists broken over the course of his catching career. But nothing quite prepared Mathis for the pain he experienced after having his collarbone broken by a Matt Holliday foul ball on the second day of spring training. "There was a week and a half where I couldn't get out of the recliner because of the pain," the 30-year-old Mathis said. "I made my way to the field for maybe 30 or 45 minutes a day. But then it was straight back to the recliner because any movement, like moving my left hand, hurt."
For the first time in franchise history Wednesday, the Marlins were held scoreless in a game in which they had at least 11 hits. “We’re getting guys on base but we’re not getting hits,” Redmond said. “I’m trying to be patient, have been patient. But, at the end of the day, somebody’s got to step up and get a hit with guys in scoring position. We’re just not able to get it done. We’ve got some guys in there who, in the past, got it done. Right now, they’re not.”
The Marlins hit another new low, collecting 11 hits yet failing to score in their 4-0 loss to the Cincinnati Reds. Never before in Marlins history has that happened. In fact, the previous team record for most hits in a in a game without a run being scored was nine.
Marlins right-hander Ryan Webb calls pitching a job of continuous adjustments. The 27-year-old entered Wednesday night with the longest hit-less streak -- 10 1/3 innings -- by a reliever in the big leagues. It ended on Joey Votto's leadoff single off Webb in the seventh inning. It marked the third-longest streak in club history.
Logan Morrison moved one step closer to his return to the majors during extended spring training on Tuesday in Jupiter. "If everything goes well on that, we'll figure out a date to start his rehab," Redmond said. "He feels good. He's progressing."
Giancarlo Stanton threw for the first time since injuring his right hamstring April 30, but his recovery remains a work in progress. "Running's going to be ... I'm sure I can hit way sooner than I'll be able to run," Stanton said. "I can already put weight on it pretty well."
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