Mr. Redmond, there is someone who you absolutely have to meet. His name is Steve Cishek. This introduction should be helpful to you since you both have fairly common goals day-to-day.'
What I do know is this. Mike Redmond has to go.
Second base has been a cursed position for the Marlins so far this season. With Rafael Furcal and utility infielder Ed Lucas already on the disabled list, the Marlins are now dealing with a minor back injury to Derek Dietrich.
The Marlins’ loss to the Phillies concluded a journey to Washington and Philadelphia during which they went 0-6.
UP NEXT FOR MARLINS: NATIONALS Site: Marlins Park, Miami (all games on FSN) MONDAY Time: 7:10 p.m. Matchup: Marlins LHP Brad Hand (0-0, 3.
One of the few bright spots of this can’t-be-over-quick-enough road trip for the Marlins has been shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria. The shortstop has shown that he’s much more than just a defensive whiz. Hechavarria leads the Marlins with a .383 average and is 7-for-19 on the road trip. Hechavarria, who hit .227 last season, is second only to Giancarlo Stanton with 23 total bases.
Double-A Jacksonville has a prospect-laden rotation, but the numbers haven’t fully reflected that yet. Anthony DeSclafani, Andrew Heaney, Justin Nicolino, Jose Urena and Angel Sanchez through Thursday had made a combined seven starts. Collectively, they were 3-3 with a 5.04 ERA, 11 walks and 24 strikeouts in 35 2/3 innings.
Christian Yelich never had issues stealing bases in the minor leagues. For his career, he could boast a 78.3 percent success rate. Since arriving in the majors last season, he's gotten better. Yelich's first-inning swipe in Thursday's loss at Washington was his 13th in as many tries dating back to last season. According to Elias, that ties Edgar Renteria's club record for most successful steal attempts to start a career.
It already had happened three times on this forgettable road trip. A Marlins' reliever in the eighth inning or later surrendered a late homer that decided the outcome. Make it four.
Back spasms are keeping Derek Dietrich out of the lineup for two days, but the Marlins second baseman is hopeful he can return to action as early as Monday.
Marlins lefty Brad Hand will be making his second start, and both have been against the Nationals. At Nationals Park last Wednesday, the Marlins got off to the 5-0 lead with Hand on the mound. But in the fourth inning, the lefty yielded a three-run homer to Bryce Harper.
Major League Baseball's new rule regarding home-plate collisions was at the center of a play in the bottom of the sixth inning on Sunday in a 4-3 victory over the Marlins at Citizens Bank Park. The Marlins threw out Tony Gwynn Jr. at the plate, but Philadelphia manager Ryne Sandberg asked for umpires to review the play, because he thought Miami catcher Jeff Mathis blocked the plate with his leg before he had the ball.
Around The League
Chris Capuano, whose fastball clocks in at an average of 88 mph and who routinely uses placement, not velocity, to get batters out, is not the type of pitcher you necessarily expect to flourish in a relief role. But that's exactly how's he's excelling in Boston.
The 67th anniversary of the day Jackie Robinson played his first game for the Brooklyn Dodgers will be celebrated throughout baseball Tuesday with ceremonies from Yankee Stadium to Vero Beach, Fla.
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Despite a poor outing on Wednesday night against the Nationals, Marlins Manager Mike Redmond will continue to count on Carlos Marmol in key situations. Marmol is notoriously known for having trouble finding the strike zone.
Miami Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich is seeing a lot of pitches at the plate. But his patient work in 38 plate appearances thus far has not paid off in the walks department.
The Miami Marlins made a few moves in the offseason in an effort not necessarily to compete, but to strive towards respectability. There were benefits to this beyond simply being better than they were in their ugly 2013 season.
Henderson Alvarez and the Miami Marlins' offense did just enough to win, but a late home run against Mike Dunn sealed the Fish's seventh straight loss, a 4-3 sweep finale against the Philadelphia Phillies.