We are still not through the entirety of the first month of the baseball season, so the numbers are still to be taken with a grain of salt, as numbers in baseball can tilt in the opposite direction as fast as they can go the other way.
The last thing Steve Cishek was concerned about was a streak. And Cishek is one player you believe when he says personal statistic mean nothing. On Friday, Cishek blew his first save since last June 4 in Philadelphia. He allowed his first two runs of the season on four hits, one more than he had allowed this season.
The Marlins are hoping second baseman Rafael Furcal, who left Friday night's rehab game in Double A Jacksonville with tightness in his right groin, won't have to spend any extra time on his rehab assignment. Furcal went through pregame drills and didn't complain of any soreness according to manager Andy Barkett, who spoke to Suns beat writer Jeff Elliott of the Jacksonville Times-Union. Furcal took ground balls, went through batting practice and did some light running. He was rested "to be on the safe side," Barkett told Elliott.
With the collapse of closer Steve Cishek in Friday's crushing loss to the Mets, there is unanimity at the back of the Marlins' bullpen. Every reliever counted on in the late innings has given up a hit that has turned a lead or tie into defeat. Some more than once. The Marlins' seven losses by relievers was second in the National League to the Dodgers' eight.
This time it was closer Steve Cishek, who saw a streak of 33 consecutive saves end on Omar Quintanilla’s two-out, run-scoring single for the tying run in the ninth inning Friday at Citi Field.
A setback in Rafael Furcal's recovery has pushed back his possible return to the Marlins. The Marlins announced on Sunday that they have returned Furcal from his rehab assignment, meaning it will be at least another week before he can get back into game action.
Though in one game it may be the defense and in another it could be the bullpen or the lack of a timely hit, the constant for the up-and-down Marlins this season has been the quality of the starting pitching. What the team is still striving to do is put everything together.
When joining a new team, players commonly try to do more to make an impression right away. It's human nature, even if it isn't always intentional. First baseman Garrett Jones, a 32-year-old veteran, realizes that it is best to relax and let your given skills take over. But sometimes that's easier said than done.
Around The League
It's incredibly difficult to hit a homer off a ball in the dirt, a lesson the St. Louis Cardinals are putting into practice by becoming some of the foremost artists of the sinker in the big leagues. For more than one Cardinal pitcher, the pitch has given them viable careers.
Injured ace Chris Sale played catch on the field before Sunday's game, but his exact return date remains uncertain. Sale sustained the flexor muscle strain in his throwing arm and was placed on the 15-day disabled list last Tuesday, with the move retroactive to April 18.
At Fish Stripes
Kentrell Dewitt, Felix Munoz, and Viosergy Rosa definitely aren't the first three names that come to mind when looking at the Marlins top prospect hitters, but these three have been tearing the cover off the ball for their minor league teams.
Colin Moran went hitless in his second game back returning from injury, while Jacob Realmuto reached base three times.
Improbably, the Miami Marlins have almost found their future competitive starting rotation, and barely had to dip into their deep prospect pool to do it. How has this developed so quickly, and who are the guys set to work for Miami for the future?
The Miami Marlins are opting to start Kevin Slowey another game to avoid stretching the tema's young starters for more innings. Should they also be discussing an innings limit?