The Miami Marlins head into their four-game series with the San Francisco Giants tied with the Kansas City Royals with the fewest home runs (37) in the majors. The next closest team to those two would be the Giants, who have 12 more home runs. Even with the lack of power three months into the season, that is something Marlins fans will not have to worry much about going forward.
Stanton has averaged one home run in every 7.3 at-bats in National League West ballparks. That compares with one homer in every 17.3 at-bats in NL Central parks and one in every 14.9 at-bats in the four out-of-town NL East venues. "If I knew what it was, I’d bring it with me to every park," Stanton said.
Kevin Slowey becomes the odd man out in the Marlins' starting rotation. Slowey slides to the bullpen, where he'll be used in long relief. "Slowey's going to be kind of that swing man, that long guy, to come in and throw multiple innings," said manager Mike Redmond. "That'll be how it goes now for a while." Asked why Slowey, and not Tom Koehler, was displaced, Redmond replied: "I just think, right now, Slowey has kind of pitched in that role before, and right now I think he's better equipped. It doesn't mean it's going to stay like that."
According to SportsVision data, Stanton is the undisputed king of scorch. Of the 10 hardest hit balls in the majors this season (through June 16), four of them came off Stanton's bat. And, remember, Stanton missed five weeks with a hamstring injury.
Following offseason surgery on his right knee, Morrison made his season debut on June 9 and went 4-for-9 with six total bases in his first three games before tweaking his back on June 11 vs. the Brewers. Morrison collected a pair of hits Tuesday night and is batting .353 in 17 at-bats.
Manager Mike Redmond saw Nathan Eovaldi in Spring Training, so he knew the right-hander could light up the radar gun. But even with the prior familiarity, Redmond was still taken back by Eovaldi's sustained velocity Tuesday in his season debut vs. the D-backs, in which the 23-year-old touched 99 mph with several fastballs. "I was pleasantly surprised," said Redmond, adding that the righty actually hit 100 mph in one of his Minor League rehab starts. "He was able to maintain his fastball over the course of his 84 pitches. He was really good."
Truth be known, it was an absolute treat to watch Fernandez pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Fernandez's most recent start. The Marlins rookie went 7 1/3 innings, his longest Major League outing. He threw 103 pitches, 71 of them for strikes. Fernandez should have enjoyed a better fate in the outing. His offense didn't produce for him, and his late-game control hiccup cost him dearly. However, the result does not tell the story of his stellar performance.
At a time Marlins prospect Jake Marisnick is heating up at the plate, the 22-year-old Double-A Jacksonville outfielder faces the possibility of missing more games due to a left hand injury. Marisnick exited Wednesday's 9-4 win over Huntsville after he was struck on the hand by a pitch. Following X-rays, the initial report was encouraging. The scans came back negative, and he's listed as day to day.
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