On September 29, 2013, during the last game of the season, Henderson Alvarez pitched the 5th no-hitter in Marlins History. On May 4, 2014 the Marlins commemorated this great moment by giving the first 5000 kids who came to the game a No-Hitter baseball. Boy this is a beautiful ball.
The Marlins assured themselves of their sixth home series win (out of seven) on Tuesday thanks to another gem by Henderson Alvarez. The right-hander’s 3-0 complete game has him tied for the major league lead with two complete games and two shutouts. He now has thrown three shutouts in his last seven starts dating back to his no hitter on the final day of the 2013 season. According to Elias, Alvarez, 24, is the youngest pitcher with three shutouts in a span of eight starts since Mark Mulder in 2001.
Marlins pitching prospect Sam Dyson has reportedly been sidelined for six weeks with a broken jaw after he got into a fight with New Orleans Zephyrs teammate Chris Hatcher. Citing a source in the Marlins organization, the New Orleans Advocate reported on Wednesday that the fight occurred at a Nashville bar on April 29th during the Triple A team's just-completed eight-game road trip.
In 2013, homers were hit every 72.5 at-bats at Marlins Park. This year balls have cleared the walls every 42.3 at-bats, a difference of 30.2. That is far ahead of the second-biggest increase, a 13.7 at-bat difference at Colorado’s Coors Field (40.0 to 26.3).
Jacob Turner struggled in his first start off the 15-day disabled list for a shoulder strain suffered in batting practice on April 9, allowing six earned runs on nine hits in four innings in Saturday's 9-7 loss to the Dodgers.
The Marlins are a joy to watch, and that's where this sweet story begins. Day by day, as they grind out one close victory after another, confidence builds. Here's to the rebirth of a franchise. There may not be any such thing as a perfect roster, but Miami would be in the conversation. First, there are the two superstars. Yes, the Marlins have two of them, and how many franchises can say that? And they're both still young guys, both potentially leading the franchise for years to come.
Around The League
The pitch that brought R.A. Dickey to prominence, the knuckleball, is inherently unpredictable -- and so are the careers of the pitchers who throw it. That's why it's hard to know what to expect from Dickey, this year or going forward.
Joe Torre's uniform No. 6 will become the 17th number to be retired by the Yankees in a ceremony to be held on Aug. 23 at Yankee Stadium. He, Hall of Famer Rich "Goose" Gossage, Tino Martinez and Paul O'Neill will all be honored with plaques in Monument Park this summer.
The Rangers have a new starting second baseman. Rougned Odor, ranked by MLB.com as the No. 2 prospect in the Rangers' farm system, is taking over the position after Donnie Murphy went on the disabled list with a strained neck and Josh Wilson was designated for assignment.
At Fish Stripes
On the back of the team's approach of pounding the strike zone, the Miami Marlins are playing host to pitchers showing off success in 2014 in unusual ways. How have Nathan Eovaldi, Henderson Alvarez, and Tom Koehler found success in this system?
The Miami Marlins went 8-1 on the nine game homestand, which ended with a sweep of the New York Mets. Miami has proven that they can score runs in key moments and rally late in games.
Jacob Turner came to Miami a top prospect, but he has spent the last season and change appearing broken. Should he be the latest convert of the Marlins' strike-zone attacking style.
The Miami Marlins now sit in first place in the NL East and they've gotten there in the most dramatic fashion: with three walk-offs in their last four games.