Expanded instant replay in baseball seems inevitable, but the idea is generating mixed opinions in the Marlins clubhouse. "Maybe just on home runs, but that’s it," pitcher Ricky Nolasco said. "Fair and foul, balls and strikes, safe or out, no. You have to leave the human element in there.’’
Sports fandom is a weird thing, it is like religious faith, really liking a band and a love affair all at once. Sports fans sacrifice so much of their time, sanity, emotion and even money in order to support a team. Marlins fans have been jerked around so much since the fire sale in 1997 that it has hard for us to still believe.
Adeiny Hechavarria has spent most of the season struggling to hit his weight. But after racing into third base on a ball hit into the gap in right-center Thursday, Hechavarria found himself leading the majors with five triples.
Even though the Marlins are off to one of their worst starts in franchise history, neither the players nor manager Mike Redmond have seen fit to demand a closed-door, clubhouse meeting to air out their frustrations.
When Cody Ross saw how miserable the Marlins were in April and early May of 2006, he wanted desperately to play for them. And when his desire came true on May 26 of that year when the Reds traded him to the Marlins, Ross said he "let out this outburst scream — yes!" Ross, who is in town with the Arizona Diamondbacks, was reminiscing about ’06 on Saturday when it was mentioned that the current Marlins had the same franchise-worst record — 11-31 — that the ’06 Marlins did at the same point.
Left-hander Duane Below is the newest member of an overworked Marlins bullpen. Manager Mike Redmond aims to insert the left-handed Below into a long-relief role similar to that of fellow lefty Wade LeBlanc. LeBlanc will likely require a day or two of rest after throwing four innings in Miami's 9-2 loss to Arizona on Friday night. Below arrived at Marlins Park shortly before Saturday's game.
The Marlins are expecting Logan Morrison to begin his rehab assignment with Jupiter on Monday. A day or two later, Casey Kotchman and Joe Mahoney are projected to join the club. "LoMo, they're planning on him going out in rehab on Monday," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "We'll see how that goes."
Left-hander Mike Dunn does not have a defined role in the Marlins' bullpen this season. Other than closer Steve Cishek, nobody does. But the uncertainty keeps Dunn and his teammates on their toes. "Everyone's just kind of ready to go whenever the phone rings," Dunn said. "We've got different guys going multiple innings. We've got guys pitching just about every inning. So, it's just basically making sure you're stretched and ready to go. When the phone rings, be ready to pitch."
To help the recovery process, Giancarlo Stanton received a platelet-rich plasma injection shortly after he strained his right hamstring late last month. In recent years, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections have become more popular in all sports.
What Tom Koehler's latest start revealed is that the right-hander has the pure stuff to be successful in the big leagues. The question that still needs to be addressed is whether the 26-year-old can consistently show command. When he does, he's impressive. Koehler had a career night on Saturday, even though he came out on the losing end of the Marlins' 1-0 decision to the D-backs.
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As Eric O'Flaherty's left arm occasionally bothered him over the past few weeks, he was hopeful he could battle through it, like he had during last season's final month. But O'Flaherty's greatest fear was realized Saturday, when an MRI exam revealed a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow.
Persistent morning rain washed away the Yankees' finale against the Blue Jays before it even started on Sunday, and no makeup date has been announced. New York won the first two games of the series and will resume its season Monday against the Orioles with CC Sabathia on the mound.
Starling Marte was due to miss his second start of the season, left out of the Pirates' original lineup for Sunday's series finale against the Astros. Instead, Andrew McCutchen missed his second start, scratched with a sore right knee.
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The Miami Marlins consistently struggled with runners in scoring position throughout April. Miami is still having trouble scoring runs, but now the starters are not performing well.
Miami Marlins rookie outfielder Marcell Ozuna has made waves with his strong early play on both sides of the ball, but he has also retained his reputation as a free swinger at the plate.
All of the Marlins affiliates, aside from Triple-A New Orleans, won their games on Saturday. Brian Flynn had a rough day for New Orleans, while Cameron Flynn had a huge game for Greensboro.
Two players stand neck-and-neck at the top of the latest Ichthyomancy standings.