Neil Paine says the 2014 Marlins are the rare case of a team with a mediocre record and strong fundamentals that isn't necessarily poised for an improvement in the standings.
Short-handed at second base, Derek Dietrich stepped up for the Miami Marlins in the month of April.
Three home runs from the Marlins; and The Walk-Off: Jeff Baker. With all those exciting words let’s take a look at the big recap.
No one will confuse Marlins Park with the "Homer Dome," the former home of the Minnesota Twins, the Metrodome. But Miami's retractable-roof stadium certainly has been friendly confines for the Marlins in the early part of the season.
The Marlins had reliever Carter Capps take infield practice during spring training in order to fix his delivery. Now that the hard-throwing pitcher has ironed out the kinks, the Marlins are reaping the benefits.
Count Garrett Jones among the growing legion of hitters who are finding Marlins Park to their liking.
AROUND THE LEAGUE:
The Los Angeles Dodgers come to Washington for a three-game series beginning today, and the Nationals will have another opportunity to test themselves against one of the National League’s most talented teams.
No team ranked in the bottom three in fielding percentage has finished with a winning record since the Marlins won 84 games in 2008. Over the last five years, the 15 teams to finish in the bottom three have won no more than 76 games.
Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig hurt himself crashing into the wall trying to rob the Marlins of a walk-off base hit.
San Diego Padres pitcher Andrew Cashner started as a bullpen fireballer. Now he's the ace of the rotation and while he has lost some of the velocity on his fastball, he's as effective as ever and it's due to adapting to injury.
Toronto has several players who could have value on the market, including sluggers Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion. But Cafardo indicates veteran LHP Mark Buehrle, "given his ability to pitch in either league at a high level and to work quickly and effectively," could be the real prize if the Jays decide to sell.
aseball is a fickle game. A month ago, many were wondering if Chicago Cubs' first baseman Anthony Rizzo could bounce back from a disappointing 2013 season. Could Rizzo hit lefties? Would the tendency for defenses to shift sink the pull-prone hitter? Was his spike in strikeouts last season a sign of things to come? Just 28 games into the season, the tune on Rizzo has changed once again.
FROM FISH STRIPES:
A recent interview with Marlins bench coach Rob Leary revealed that the pitching coaches on the staff are emphasizing contact and pounding the strike zone from starters like Henderson Alvarez and Nathan Eovaldi.
Miami Marlins infielder Rafael Furcal suffered a setback while rehabbing from his hamstring injury, as he re-injured it during a game for Double-A Jacksonville.