Harvey took the loss on Thursday. He is 0-1 with three no-decisions and a 3.52 ERA against Miami. Against all other teams he is 8-2 with a 1.98 ERA. The Marlins lone hit off Harvey through five innings we a single by starting pitcher Tom Koehler. But Juan Pierre’s pinch-hit single started the sixth-inning rally that knocked out Harvey.
It was Juan Pierre’s pinch-hit single off Mets ace Matt Harvey that sparked the Marlins in Thursday’s victory. Pierre feels that he can still contribute. He also knows this season could be his last in the majors. "It’s a strong possibility," said Pierre, a veteran of 14 seasons whose playing time has diminished to a trickle with the emergence of rookie outfielders Christian Yelich and Jake Marisnick.
Tino Martinez snapped and threw tantrums when Marlins players didn’t pick up baseballs. That’s the gist of a Foxsports.com story in which Martinez gave his version of events that led to his resignation as Marlins hitting coach Sunday.
What has moving to Miami brought the Marlins? About 100 extra fans per game. That’s the current gap between this year’s attendance and the average gate count for the Marlins’ last season at Sun Life Stadium, the football field that owner Jeffrey Loria blamed for the team’s long-standing attendance and revenue woes.
The Marlins decided to stick with the cast of logical trade suspects -- Chad Qualls, Greg Dobbs, Ryan Webb, Juan Pierre, Justin Ruggiano -- rather than trade them off for what would have been a very negligible return. The Marlins feel they were better off keeping those players in an attempt to win as many games as possible with a roster largely designed around younger, developing players.
Plenty of teams called the Marlins to ask about Giancarlo Stanton in the days and weeks leading up to Wednesday's trade deadline, some more than once. And every time, the response was the same: "We're not listening to any offers," according to a source with knowledge of the Marlins' trade discussions. Because teams salivating over Stanton were shot down quickly -- the Pittsburgh Pirates being just one example, among many -- the Marlins never listened to a single offer for the biggest name on the team, and one of the hottest trade targets on the market.
What's significant about Yelich's development is that he feels he belongs. "It's not like I feel overmatched at all up there or anything like that," Yelich said. "I've hit the ball hard sometimes, and they haven't found the holes. And there are some pretty good pitchers, too." Before manager Mike Redmond moved Yelich to the leadoff spot three games ago, Yelich started off hitting second behind Adeiny Hechavarria.
Starter Henderson Alvarez and outfielder Jake Marisnick -- two pieces involved in the 12-player trade with the Blue Jays last November -- led the Marlins to a 3-2 victory against the Mets on Wednesday. Marisnick hit his first career homer, and Alvarez tossed yet another stellar outing, recording his fourth straight quality start despite seeing his streak of 18 consecutive scoreless innings come to an end. Adeiny Hechavarria is one of the best defensive shortstops in the Majors, and he batted .324 (33-for-102) during July. Jeff Mathis has thrown out 15 out of 35 would-be basestealers while also mentoring Miami's young rotation. "Those guys are going to be a big part of not only this team this year, but the future," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "These guys can play, and it's good seeing them get up here and get some experience."
Marlins rookie sensation Jose Fernandez and Dodgers standout right-hander Zack Greinke will be competing against Bailey and Lincecum, as voting is under way to select July's Pitching Performance of the Month presented by Head & Shoulders.
A big reason Miami stood pat at Wednesday's non-waiver Trade Deadline is because of how the team has trended in recent months. In June and July, the Marlins went 27-24, and their 3.38 team ERA ranked seventh-best in the Majors during that span. Since the youthful squad is starting to gain maturity, the front office decided to not tamper with what it hopes is continued success.
The victory earned Miami a series split of the four-game set and its 10th win against New York, clinching the season series. Four of those wins have come in games started by Harvey. The Mets' ace has a 3.52 ERA in 23 innings against the Marlins compared to a 1.97 ERA in 127 2/3 innings against other teams. "For whatever reason, we really lock it in against him," Miami manager Mike Redmond said. "We've just been able to kind of rise to the occasion and grind out a ton of at-bats and make him throw a lot of pitches."
Around The League
Red Sox top prospect Xander Bogaerts wasn't included in any blockbuster non-waiver Trade Deadline deal on Wednesday. Neither was Astros outfield prospect George Springer, with Houston adding young talent rather than trading it away. But that doesn't mean the pair wasn't impacted by the Deadline activity.
You'd be surprised how many times in history players have been dealt to a team they're currently playing. It's purely coincidental, sure. But it's not all that uncommon.
The thirst for wanting to pitch in a pennant race when an entire city is depending on you is just one of the reasons Jake Peavy was so excited that the Red Sox were the team that acquired him in a trade with the White Sox late Tuesday night.
At Fish Stripes
Two Marlins affiliates had walk-off wins, Ryan Newell struck out ten batters in five innings for Batavia, Colin Moran had three hits in Greensboro, and Jose Urena and Brad Hand both had scoreless outings for their respective teams.
Former Miami Marlins hitting coach TIno Martinez said that he had a confrontation with Justin Ruggiano due to an incident regarding picking up baseballs. Ruggiano disagrees.
This edition of Fish Bites takes a look at Miami's struggling offense, trade deadline and Chad Qualls taking a small tumble.
The Miami Marlins were adamant that they would not trade Giancarlo Stanton at this year's trade deadline or anytime soon. Nevertheless, that did not stop a number of teams making offers for Stanton, including possibly the Pittsburgh Pirates.
This year's trade deadline season went quietly, but the Marlins were active in sending one player away. The question remains whether the team was too quiet during a very quiet deadline.
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