After losing eight straight games, Miami Marlins fans were ready for a win, in any sort of fashion. They could not have asked for a better result than what they got on Monday night, as the Marlins clobbered the Nationals in an 11-2 victory. After Tuesday’s win, the Marlins have positioned themselves to extend their winning streak to two or three games, with their best pitchers Jose Fernandez and Nathan Eovaldi going the next two games. If these two pitch as well as they have so far this season, the Marlins will be in decent position to inch back towards .500 and a respectable record.
These are the 3 reasons that the Marlins lost their home series against the Washington Nationals. It was close, and it could have gone either way if not for a few mistakes.
Mariners at Marlins Site: Marlins Park, Miami FRIDAY Time: 7:10 p.m., FSN Matchup: Marlins RHP Nathan Eovaldi (1-1, 4.
It looks like there won't be any retaliation or bad blood between the Marlins and Nationals after Tuesday night's little dust-up. In the fourth inning of the Marlins 11-2 win which snapped an eight-game losing streak, Ian Desmond took exception to a Tom Koehler fastball that got a little too close for comfort.
Giancarlo Stanton earned himself $6.5 million in his first year of arbitration this past off-season. It's hard to fathom what the Marlins are going to have to pay him if he keeps up his current pace. After 15 games, the 24-year old former All-Star is hitting .317 with five homers, 12 runs scored and 21 RBI -- by far his best start to a season ever. The RBI total leads the majors.
The brief confrontation Tuesday between the Marlins and Nationals after Tom Koehler threw a pitch too close to Washington's Ian Desmond amounted to nothing of substance. It had the usual comical trimmings of all the relief pitchers jogging in from the bullpen. Chests were puffed up. Words were exchanged. No punches were thrown.
After watching Brad Hand give up eight runs on 12 hits over 6 1/3 innings in two spot starts against the Nationals, the Marlins are making a change. Kevin Slowey will take Hand's turn in the rotation for Sunday's series finale against the Mainers. Hand, who along with Slowey opened the season in the bullpen, got his shot at starting when Jacob Turner strained his right shoulder while swinging in the cage last week. Monday, he took the loss after giving up five runs on eight hits over three innings.
For the better part of seven innings, catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia made all the right calls. He helped keep Jose Fernandez in a nice rhythm as the right-hander negotiated the Nationals’ lineup. Fernandez struck out 10, did not walk a batter and appeared headed toward a 12-0 record in 18 career Marlins Park starts Wednesday.
At some point in his career, Giancarlo Stanton projects to be a home run champion. For now, the slugger is making an early bid to be the RBI champ.
Without having to make a roster move, the Marlins were able to revise their rotation with a simple switch. Kevin Slowey will get the start on Sunday against the Mariners at Marlins Park, which marks the end of the homestand.
Sometimes when you are trying to establish the inside part of the plate, pitches get away. On those occasions, hitters tend get upset, like what transpired in the fourth inning of Miami's 11-2 win over the Nationals on Tuesday night.
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If Thursday was left-hander Cole Hamels' final test before joining the Phillies, it would seem he passed with little difficulty.
The Red Sox are getting closer to being able to field their whole lineup together for the first time this season. Right fielder Shane Victorino, who started the season on the disabled list with a right hamstring strain, will start a Minor League rehab assignment on Saturday.
The Red Sox had slugger Mike Napoli back in the cleanup hole and closer Koji Uehara back in the bullpen for Thursday night's finale of a three-game series against the White Sox.
Pitching is an incredibly specialized skill, so think about just how much work, talent and luck it takes to get to the majors as a pitcher. Now think about having to bat in the big leagues, having neglected it for years. Pitchers are getting worse at it.
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The Miami Marlins ended an eight game losing streak on Tuesday night. During the streak, Miami's starting pitching struggled, as did the bullpen.
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.
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.
After Brad Hand struggled in a pair of starts, the Miami Marlins have decided to insert Kevin Slowey into the starting rotation. Miami could consider a four man rotation because the club has a pair of Thursdays off.
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?