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Fish Bites: Miami Marlins home opener

Yesterday the Miami Marlins had their first home game of the 2013 campaign. Fish Bites features the fallout of Jose Fernandez's first start, the Marlins first base question, and of course, happenings around the league.

Marc Serota

Protesting fans ejected from Marlins Park | Fish Tank blog: Miami Marlins | The Palm Beach Post

"The Marlins lost their home opener tonight 2-0 in front of 34,439 – a happy and festive crowd that showed little animosity about the front office’s controversial off-season roster purge." With, of course, the exception of a few fans.

Atlanta Braves at Miami Marlins - April 8, 2013 | MIA Recap

The Miami Marlins fell 2-0 to the Atlanta Braves in the 2013 home opener at Marlins Park. Kevin Slowey had a good outing for the Marlins, unfortunately none of the Marlin bats showed up as Justin Upton proceeded to get twice as many hits as the entire Marlins team.

Could Fernandez create D-Train-type stir in Miami? | News

The Marlins experienced mania in 2003 when Dontrelle Willis, then a little known left-hander with a herky-jerky delivery, gave birth to D-Train mania. Willis became an immediate rage in a season he won National League Rookie of the Year honors. Could Jose Fernandez mania be next in Miami?


The only difference between the Marlins first base situation and the classic "who's on first?" sketch is...nothing.

Have A Day, Jose Fernandez | FanGraphs Baseball

Paul Swydan of FanGraphs compares Jose Fernandez's debut with other 20-year-old pitchers. With a blazing fastball and a spectacular curveball, Fernandez has put himself in good company.

Around the League

It looks like John Axford is out as the Brewers’ closer | HardballTalk
Four days ago the Brewers said they were sticking with John Axford despite a rough start to the season, but now it looks like manager Ron Roenicke is making a change in the ninth inning.

New York Mets at Philadelphia Phillies - April 8, 2013 | NYM Recap

Matt Harvey of the Mets, despite not being Jose Fernandez, is off to a great start. His counterpart in this game, Roy Halladay, is not.

John Buck Proving His Value with Mets - Yahoo! Sports

Yeah, I don't like it either.

No. 5 starters are like opinions: Everybody's got one. - Baseball Nation

Washington's Ross Detwiler might be the best No. 5 starter in the majors ... but that leaves 29 guys fighting for the runner-up slot.

Jose Molina and Called Strikes - Beyond the Box Score

The best thing I read today. A simple method to determine the best pitch framers.

At Fish Stripes

Jose Fernandez debut: How does Fernandez's start influence the Marlins starting rotation's future? - Fish Stripes
Before Sunday's start, Jose Fernandez was a major question mark, and his stint in the majors could still have been halted short. But after a spectacular debut, his stay seems permanent, so what will the Marlins do with the rest of the rotation?

Jose Fernandez debut: Analyzing Fernandez's first start for the Marlins - Fish Stripes

Jose Fernandez had as strong a major league debut for the Miami Marlins as they could have imagined, striking out eight batters and looking the part of an ace. What did Pitch F/X see from his pitches?

Miami Marlins struggle to find consistency at first base - Fish Stripes

With Casey Kotchman placed on the 15-day disabled list and Logan Morrison already on the 60-day DL, the Marlins are struggling to find a consistent first baseman until Kotchman and eventually Morrison can get healthy.

Miami Marlins vs. Atlanta Braves: Braves shut out Marlins offense, 2-0 - Fish Stripes
The Miami Marlins failed to get anything going offensively versus Paul Maholm and the Atlanta Braves. Justin Upton gets four hits including a solo home run, and it was enough to beat Kevin Slowey and the Marlins.