Fish Bites: Miami Marlins Reliever Carter Capps Improves Delivery

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After struggling as a Seattle Mariner in 2013, fireballer Carter Capps has found new life as a Miami Marlin. Plus links on Rafael Furcal, Derek Dietrich, Giancarlo Stanton and more.

How Do You Solve a Problem Like the Marlins? | FiveThirtyEight

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.

Derek Dietrich: Miami Marlins 2B Played Well In April

Short-handed at second base, Derek Dietrich stepped up for the Miami Marlins in the month of April.

The Good, The Going…Going…, And The Walk-Off Marlins Recap 5/4/14 - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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.

Marlins going deep early at spacious Marlins Park | marlins.com: News

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.

Miami Marlins: Jeff Baker comes through with walk-off double to top Dodgers - Sun Sentinel

Miami Marlins infielder Jeff Baker's walk-off double off Jamey Wright gave the Marlins a series-clinching 5-4 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers Sunday at Marlins Park.

Spring infield practice aids Miami Marlins reliever Carter Capps with throwing motion - Miami Marlins - MiamiHerald.com

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.

Marlins Have Home Field Advantage Over Mets " CBS Miami

Giancarlo Stanton displays his power so frequently that Miami Marlins manager Mike Redmond doesn't even bat an eye during flight of one of Stanton's tape-measure home runs.

Miami Marlins’ Garrett Jones finds key to success at Marlins Park - Miami Marlins - MiamiHerald.com

Count Garrett Jones among the growing legion of hitters who are finding Marlins Park to their liking.

AROUND THE LEAGUE:

Nationals face another test in Dodgers

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.

Getting defensive: Is the Cleveland Indians' faulty fielding here to stay? | cleveland.com

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.

Yasiel Puig banged up, gets 'bell rung' after crashing into wall - CBSSports.com

Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig hurt himself crashing into the wall trying to rob the Marlins of a walk-off base hit.

How injury has changed Padres' Cashner for good | FOX Sports on MSN

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.

MLB trade rumors: Are Blue Jays planning to move Mark Buehrle? - MLB - Sporting News

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.

Anthony Rizzo continues 'growing up' - Chicago Cubs Blog - ESPN Chicago

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.

Troy Tulowitzki, Mike Trout leading MLB MVP races - ESPN

The debate is very fluid at the moment, but Troy Tulowitzki and Mike Trout are your MVP leaders through the first month of the season.

FROM FISH STRIPES:

Fish Bites: Miami Marlins' power not limited at Marlins Park - Fish Stripes

Despite speculation that the fences should be moved in, the Miami Marlins are thriving in terms of power at Marlins Park. Plus links on Carter Capps, Rafael Furcal, and Jose Fernandez.

Miami Marlins pitching coaches emphasizing contact, strike zone pounding - 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 Daily Minor League Report: May 4 - Fish Stripes

Avery Romero had three hits in Greensboro, Austin Brice had a rough day in Jupiter, Jose Urena was terrific in eight innings for Jacksonville, and New Orleans lost despite scoring 12 runs.

Miami Marlins' Rafael Furcal suffers injury setback during rehab stint - Fish Stripes

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.

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