Fish Bites: Miami Marlins' offense thriving early

Mike Ehrmann

The Marlins' offense has been successful early and is third in the league in runs scored heading into Atlanta. Plus links on Henderson Alvarez, Casey McGehee, and Marcell Ozuna.

-Marlins Way: Kevin Slowey replaces Brad Hand in rotation - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

After two horrendous starts, the Miami Marlins have decided to replace Brad Hand in the starting rotation with Kevin Slowey. As a starter, Hand has only lasted 6 1/3 innings, allowing 8 runs on 12 hits.

-Miami Marlins Offense Among The National League's Best, For Now - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

After being a historically bad team on offense in 2013, the Miami Marlins appear to have made a remarkable improvement so far in 2014. Consider that the 2013 Marlins scored only 513 runs, which was 89 runs worse than the second to last Chicago Cubs scored.

-LoMo hopes to show Marlins they made a mistake trading him | Fish Bytes

Logan Morrison said it felt "a little weird" returning to Marlins Park for the first time since being traded to the Seattle Mariners. But he likes his new home and teammates, and hopes to show the Marlins they made a mistake by trading him.

-Bunting Ozuna; Praising Stanton; Jacob Turner, Colin Moran, Rafael Furcal updates | Fish Bytes

The decision to have Marcell Ozuna bunting in Friday's ninth inning with no outs, runners at first and second, and Giancarlo Stanton in the on-deck circle raised more than a few eyebrows. Even the Marlins' broadcasters were questioning the move. After all, if Ozuna had been successful with the sacrifice, it would have left first base open and the Mariners surely would have walked Stanton -- as they did in two of his previous plate appearances.

-Notebook: Same old Logan Morrison returns to Miami with Seattle Mariners | Fish Tank blog: Miami Marlins | The Palm Beach Post

Logan Morrison is trying to enjoy everything his new home, Seattle, has to offer. He’s up for pretty much everything, with a few exceptions. For one, he’s not about to climb Mount Rainier, the 14,410-foot volcano in Washington’s Cascade Range.

-Will teams keep pitching to Giancarlo Stanton? It may not matter (plus Saturday notes, lineups) | Fish Tank blog: Miami Marlins | The Palm Beach Post

According to reporter who spoke with him, Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon believed Friday’s game against Miami "was pretty much over" in the ninth inning when Giancarlo Stanton stood in with the bases loaded. "I’m glad he has so much confidence in our hitter," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said Saturday, when he was informed of that comment.

-Miami Marlins open three-game set at Turner Field against Atlanta Braves - Sun Sentinel

Miami Marlins get first look at National League East-leading Atlanta Braves

-Miami Marlins: RBI-single left Henderson Alvarez with sore hand - Sun Sentinel

Sometimes, hitting hurts. Henderson Alvarez can testify to that. In addition to throwing a two-hit shutout to beat the Mariners Saturday, he singled home a run in the sixth for career-RBI No. 7. The ball did not sound good off the bat because Alvarez didn’t have it gripped tightly enough. He felt the reverberation long after making contact.

-Late innings a work in progress for bullpen | marlins.com: News

Late-inning letdowns have plagued the Marlins' bullpen over the past 12 games. In Friday night's 8-4 walk-off win over the Mariners, a one-run lead was erased in the seventh inning. Prior to that, there have been several crushing home runs allowed by Miami's relievers.

-Bullpen the beneficiary of Alvarez's gem | marlins.com: News

There was still a buzz Sunday about the complete-game two-hitter that Henderson Alvarez threw Saturday night in a 7-0 Marlins win against the Mariners.

-Marlins offense getting it done early | marlins.com: News

The Marlins entered Sunday's game against the Mariners with some impressive offensive statistics. Miami was second in the National League in team batting average (.279) and runs (91), and the Marlins lead the NL in walks (63).

-McGehee proving to be a hit at Marlins Park | marlins.com: News

Marlins Park may frustrate some hitters because of its spacious dimensions, but Casey McGehee is taking advantage of the big building by simply striving the hit the ball hard.

Around The League

-This season means a lot to Starlin Castro's Cubs future. | SportsonEarth.com : Jorge Arangure Jr. Article

The Cubs have very few recognizable names on their roster right now, and they desperately need one of those players to engineer a turnaround. While Starlin Castro is still only 24, there may be a lot riding on the shortstop's 2014 season.

-Harper in lineup day after being pulled out of game | nationals.com: News

Just as Nationals manager Matt Williams said after Saturday's game, left fielder Bryce Harper was right back in the team's lineup for Sunday's game against the Cardinals. Harper was batting second a day after getting pulled to start the seventh inning for not hustling to first base on a ground ball back to the mound.

-Benches clear in Brewers-Pirates finale | MLB.com: News

The Pirates and Brewers exchanged blows in the third inning of their Easter Sunday series finale, resulting in the ejections of Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez and bench coach Jerry Narron, and Pirates outfielder Travis Snider.

-Kershaw goes 'full effort' in simulated game | dodgers.com: News

After throwing a three-inning simulated game at max effort on Sunday, Clayton Kershaw expects to begin a Minors rehab assignment next.

At Fish Stripes

-Giancarlo Stanton's power-laden April hot streak - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins have to be happy about Giancarlo Stanton's hot April start, which has been filled with power swings. Is there any reason to believe this will continue?

-Fish Bites: Miami Marlins establishing both sides of the plate - Fish Stripes

Miami Marlins starting pitchers are looking to improve the pitches they throw on the inside part of the plate late in games. Plus links on Giancarlo Stanton, Jose Fernandez, and Kevin Slowey.

-Miami Marlins Daily Minor League Report: April 16 - Fish Stripes

Rafael Furcal finished hit-less in his third rehab outing, Justin Bohn reached base four times, and Viosergy Rosa homered twice in Jupiter's extra-innings victory.

-Miami Marlins' bullpen troubles play key role in late losses - Fish Stripes

While Miami's starting pitching struggled at times during the eight game losing streak, the Marlins' bullpen has been inconsistent and have failed to either hold onto a lead or keep a game tied in the later innings.

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