Fish Bites: Jose Fernandez excels and Marlins offense continues to struggle

Lisa Blumenfeld

On this edition of Fish Bites, we take a look at Miami designating Greg Dobbs for assignment, Jose Fernandez's continued dominance in Miami, and the struggles of Rafael Furcal.

Greg Dobbs DFA'd, Ed Lucas reinstated from DL; Jacob Turner to start Saturday | Fish Bytes

Long term Marlins  pinch hitter, Greg Dobbs, has been DFA'd from Miami in exchange for utility man Ed Lucas. Marlins GM based the decision on the aforementioned versatility of Ed Lucas and his ability to play multiple infield positions.

Miami Marlins: Fernandez aims to improve 11-0 home record - Sun Sentinel

Prior to Tuesday's game against Atlanta, Marlins stud Jose Fernandez has been on a fierce 11-0 run when he steps on the mound in Miami. In the following piece, Jarrod Saltalamacchia comments on the youngster's continued excellence and dominance.

Furcal pulled off rehab assignment with tight groin | Fish Bytes

During a weekend matchup with Jacksonville, offseason acquisition Rafael Furcal was sidelined from the game after experiencing tightness in his quad. As we near the start of May, the offseason signing of Rafael Furcal is starting to look extremely questionable

Miami Marlins Offense Has Struggled Against Lefties - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Marlin Maniac's Placido Estevez examines Miami's offensive struggles against left-handed pitchers.

Salty gets his World Series ring, plans to wear it around Marlins | Fish Bytes

To help keep Miami's focus directly on the ultimate goal of making the playoffs, former Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia plans to wear his newly acquired World Series ring in front of his Marlins teammates.

Around the League

Vintage baseball photos and the lessons we can learn from them - SBNation.com

SBNation's Grant Brisbee uses the New York Public Library database to examine some baseball photos from the 1800's. Warning: Expect mustaches.

Life without Bryce Harper: Can the Nationals cope without their star outfielder? - SBNation.com

21-year-old phenom Bryce Harper recently went down with a left thumb injury that he suffered in a weekend matchup against San Diego. SBNation's Alex Skillen examines how the Nationals can cope with the loss of their stellar outfielder.

Yankees fans boo Robinson Cano, chant "You Sold Out!" - SBNation.com

While it's usually easy for me to write a unique and clever description for pieces, the irony of this post is extremely hard to describe.

Justin Upton's evolution at the plate - Beyond the Box Score

Beyond the Box Score's Alex Skillen takes a look at how Justin Upton continues to improve despite being in his 8th season in the majors.

Jose Abreu's approach - Beyond the Box Score

Jose Abreu has had a very strong start to his rookie season posting a 152 wRC+ through his first 26 games as a pro. Part of the reason for Abreu's success is his approach at the plate, something that we can analyze in earnest with some of the data available from Brooks Baseball's PITCHf/x database.

Fish Stripes

MLB Scores: Miami Marlins 9, Atlanta Braves 0 - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins defeated the Atlanta Braves in game one of the three game series on Tuesday night. Jose Fernandez was solid on the mound, and Miami's offense thrived.

It's Jose Fernandez Day Again! - Fish Stripes

Barely a year into his career with the Miami Marlins, Jose Fernandez has captured the collective imagination of Marlins fans and turned every one of his starts into must see TV.

Miami Marlins Jarrod Saltalamacchia defines title as 'coaching role' - Fish Stripes

Miami Marlins catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia told FanGraphs that more so than anything else, his role as a Marlin is one that resembles that of a coach. After receiving his World Series ring, Saltalamacchia said he is confident in the product the Marlins have put on the field.

The difference between Jose Fernandez and Nathan Eovaldi in the strike zone - Fish Stripes

Miami Marlins hurlers Jose Fernandez and Nathan Eovaldi are both working in the strike zone to a large extent and finding success. But what differentiates the overwhelming success of Fernandez and the still-questionable future of Eovaldi?

The Miami Marlins and pitching in the strike zone - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins lead the league in pounding the strike zone in 2014, and it is beginning to look like a team-wide trend. is this an organizational or coaching approach, and how successful have they been with it?

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