2014 Miami Marlins Analysis

Tom Koehler's fastball in 2014

Tom Koehler's success thus far in 2014 is due to his fastball. But just what is so different about it that is fueling him, and can it continue?

Butler, Kimbrel, and sending home the winning run

The Miami Marlins had a golden chance to send home the potential game-winning run with no one out against dominant closer Craig Kimbrel and the Atlanta Braves, but passed up the opportunity. Were they right to do so?

On Mike Redmond's ninth inning bunt decisions

Miami Marlins manager Mike Redmond made some questionable decisions in bunting runners over with two of his hottest hitters in the bottom of the ninth inning in a tied game versus the Seattle Mariners. Were they "right" moves?

The Miami Marlins' early season power surge

The Miami Marlins are a surprising third in the majors in runs scored, and a big reason for that is the team's surprising surge in power. But should we have expected this kind of performance from the team's offense?

How Yelich Got His Groove Back

After hitting only .222 (6 for 27) during the Miami Marlins season-opening seven-game homestand, 22-year-old left fielder Christian Yelich stayed patient and trusted his approach. His patience has paid off in the form of an 11-game hit streak.

Marlins' starters to blame for bullpen problems?

Miami Marlins manager Mike Redmond believes that the Marlins' recent bullpen problems late in games was in part due to problems caused by early starter exits. But it's been shown that relievers could stand to work more in baseball games.

Furcal and the Marlins' decision on Derek Dietrich

Rafael Furcal is on his way back from a Spring Training injury and should resume his spot at second base in the lineup. What will that likely mean for the streaking but defensively struggling Derek Dietrich?

How much longer will Marlins turn to Hand, Slowey?

The Miami Marlins have gotten two bad starts out of Brad Hand and could look to Kevin Slowey in the next rotation turn. Is there any chance the Fish will bring a prospect from the minors to replace either player?

Giancarlo Stanton's power-laden April hot streak

The Miami Marlins have to be happy about Giancarlo Stanton's hot April start, which has been filled with power swings. Is there any reason to believe this will continue?

Nathan Eovaldi and Tony Cingrani: Fastball mavens

There is plenty of buzz surrounding Cincinnati Reds starter Tony Cingrani and how he works successfully with his fastball-dominant arsenal. Can Nathan Eovaldi learn a lesson from the Reds prospect?

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The 2014 Miami Marlins: One week later

The Miami Marlins were riding high on a 5-2 record and a fantastic performance, and a week later they have lost six straight games in addition to their Sunday loss to the Padres. How have things changed for the Fish this past week?

Christian Yelich's plate patience not paying off

Miami Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich is seeing a lot of pitches at the plate. But his patient work in 38 plate appearances thus far has not paid off in the walks department.

Marlins pitching depth helps in Turner injury

The shoulder injury to Jacob Turner has landed him on the 15-day disabled list, and while it does not appear to be a severe-enough injury to warrant long-term replacement, the Fish can rest easily knowing they have a large amount of pitching depth.

Nathan Eovaldi somehow generating strikeouts

Nathan Eovaldi has almost exclusively relied on two pitches so far this season. How has he racked up 14 strikeouts in 13 innings of work as a result? The answer is reminiscent of an old Marlins name.

The 2014 Miami Marlins and wins in the book

It is easy to say that the Miami Marlins are going to regress going forward in 2014. But if the Fish extend their good luck into a second week, you have to at least consider how many wins the Marlins will start with in the books before their slide.

The 2014 Miami Marlins: Somewhere in between

The 2014 Miami Marlins are neither the bulldozer they showed to be the first week nor the pushover they were projected to be. As with all stories, the truth is somewhere in between.

The 2014 Miami Marlins are not real

Thw Miami Marlins have started 5-2 in the first week of the 2014 regular season. There is an argument to say that this week was all a mirage, however.

The 2014 Miami Marlins are real

The Miami Marlins finished the first week of the 2014 regular season at a staggering 5-2 record, and there is one side of the coin that says this latest Fish group is here to stay competitive.

Nathan Eovaldi's start: A tale of two fastballs

Miami Marlins starter Nathan Eovaldi looked as though he was heading towards a career mark in strikeouts on Tuesday night's game against the Colorado Rockies. What worked and did not work for him that night?

Estimating a Marlins Giancarlo Stanton extension

The Miami Marlins and Giancarlo Stanton are still not discussing a potential contract extension. But if the team and player do agree on something, what might the deal look like?

Jose Fernandez's spectacular 2014 debut

The Miami Marlins were hoping for another strong season out of Jose Fernandez, and his 2014 debut versus the Colorado Rockies gave the Fish exactly what they wanted to see.

Mike Trout extension: Does not affect Stanton

Mike Trout just signed a mammoth contract extension that may still have been a bargain for the Los Angeles Angels. But in Miami, Giancarlo Stanton and the Marlins remain in the same position as they were before in their contract situation.

Marlins' Saltalamacchia and pitch framing

The Miami Marlins signed Jarrod Saltalamacchia in large part for his offensive contributions and power bat, but there may be a hidden benefit for his work behind the plate that can help the Marlins' young pitchers continue to develop well and post go

2014 Marlins Season Preview: The other catchers

The Miami Marlins have two other catchers on their roster, but none should be featured significantly this season thanks to the arrival of Jarrod Saltalamacchia. What will happen to Jeff Mathis and Rob Brantly in 2014?

2014 Marlins Season Preview: Jarrod Saltalamacchia

Fish Stripes starts off the official player-by-player 2014 season preview by discussing the team's most important free agent addition, catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia. What can "Salty" do to help the team's anemic offense at the position?

Spring Training: Position player battle report

The Miami Marlins have mostly set up their position players for the 2014 season, but there remains one spot open for competition in Spring Training, along with a few bench spots.

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