Closer Steve Cishek has endured his share of struggles this season, but he finally recorded his first 1-2-3 save of the season in Friday night's 5-4 come-from-behind win over the Dodgers.
When he was a regular in the Marlins lineup, Chris Coghlan liked to fashion himself as a more patient hitter, someone who had to be selective. Now locked in as a bench player and pinch hitter, the 27-year old former NL Rookie of the Year is changing his approach at the plate, and trying to be more aggressive.
The Marlins knew going into the season that they would have to play defense as flawlessly as possible to make up for their offensive deficiencies. That hasn’t happened. The Marlins have 28 errors; only the Chicago Cubs have more (30) in the majors this season. "We have made more than handful out of strictly carelessness, and that’s unacceptable,’’ said infield coach Perry Hill.
Scott Boras’ client list has included some of baseball’s biggest stars, past and present — from Greg Maddux and Alex Rodriguez to Bryce Harper and Matt Harvey. The super-agent couldn’t contain his excitement about one of his newest clients, Marlins rookie Jose Fernandez.
Barring any setbacks during his injury rehab assignment, catcher Jeff Mathis is expected to be reinstated by Tuesday, when the Marlins open a three-game series with the Reds in Miami.
Steve Cishek is once again creating uncomfortable at-bats for opposing hitters. On Friday night, for instance, Cishek threw more like he did a year ago, when he took over the Marlins' closer role after the All-Star break. "I've been leaving the ball up, and that's when I got in trouble back at home," he said, "I'm just trying to throw everything hard at the knees, and whatever happens, happens. I've really been focusing on that in my throwing program."
With the way Jose Fernandez is pitching, nearly everyone wants to see more. But game-by-game performance will determine that, according to Marlins manager Mike Redmond. "It depends on the situation," Redmond said, "Maybe in his next start he is at 85 or 90, and we can leave him out there for another inning. I think he's been doing what he's doing. We're at a comfort level right now with his innings and his pitches."
The Marlins have 11 players on the disabled list, but the real roster headache is coming over the next month to six weeks as many of them are cleared to play. "It's been a bad run. It kind of started the first [game] of spring training when [Jeff] Mathis broke his collarbone and it hasn't really stopped since…it's been a little bit of everything."
Around The League
The Blue Jays matched their season high with five homers, and right-hander Chad Jenkins pitched five strong innings in a 12-4 victory over the Red Sox on Sunday afternoon at Fenway Park. Jose Bautista homered twice, while Brett Lawrie, Edwin Encarnacion and Emilio Bonifacio also got in on the action. It was the most home runs the Blue Jays have hit in one game since April 4, during the first series of the year versus Cleveland.
Traveling and leaving mom with young twins at home is not the way to earn points on Mother's Day. But Rockies left-hander Jorge De La Rosa almost made up for it Sunday afternoon by coming close to giving his wife, Martha, a special gift. De La Rosa held the Cardinals hit-less until David Freese singled in the seventh. He gave up just two hits in seven innings as the Rockies went on to win, 8-2, at Busch Stadium in front of 40,881.
Players, managers, and team personnel around baseball honored their mothers, wives, sisters, grandmothers, and plenty more on Sunday for Mother's Day, using pink gear to promote breast cancer awareness.
At Fish Stripes
Miami Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest admits that the team's injuries have forced them into pushing their prospects earlier than initially planned.
The Miami Marlins committed a full-scale fire sale last November, and since that time, it has gotten harder and harder to find retailers to take on the Marlins Park parking garage vendor space.
Adam Conley, Christian Yelich, and Jake Marisnick all looked like superstars for Jacksonville. The Hammerheads scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth to beat Fort Myers in the most exciting game of any Marlins affiliate so far this season.
Prospect Charlie Lowell was arrested this week for battery by strangulation. Marlins 2012 first-round pick Andrew Heaney has yet to play a game in the 2013 minor league season due to injury.
A mostly empty week by the Ichthyomancy leader allowed a few more players back into the race.