Already without staff ace Jose Fernandez for the rest of the season due to Tommy John Surgery, the Marlins rotation will be put to the test this upcoming week.
The Marlins are close to reaching a deal with this year’s number two overall pick in the Draft Tyler Kolek, the hard throwing righty from Shepherd, Texas. Joe Frisaro reported this morning that, while a deal is close to being finalized, there has been no indication given about how long or how much the deal will be worth.
Barring a surprising move or maybe a last second hamstring or groin pull, the Marlins are finally going to get to see what Rafael Furcal looks like again.
The Marlins returned home from their first winning road trip of the season early Thursday morning three games over .500 — a game off the pace they were on the night they lost ace Jose Fernandez for the season. As they open a 10-game homestand Friday against the Pirates, the Marlins (34-31) have the division-leading Nationals within reach.
Eovaldi is expected to make the start before his wife delivers the couple’s first child. He has pitched at least six innings and not allowed more than three runs in each of his past four starts. Eovaldi is 3-1 with a 2.49 ERA this season at home. Locke is making just his third start of the season. The 2013 All-Star gave up one run and three hits in a loss to Milwaukee on Sunday.
Marlins manager Mike Redmond would not change anything he’s seen from Casey McGehee. Not his .300 batting average, not his 37 RBIs that leads all National League third basemen — and certainly not his NL-leading .424 average with runners in scoring position.
It has been just more than a month since Jose Fernandez blew out his elbow in San Diego. Expectations were that the Miami Marlins' season would blow up soon after. But while their ace headed for season-ending surgery, the Marlins righted themselves by winning three of the last five on a rugged 11-game West Coast trip.
Traffic must have been heavy on the road from Lubbock. All those Ramoses making the trek this week to Globe Life Park. There were 94 of them in one section Tuesday, direct relatives of Miami Marlins reliever A.J. Ramos – he left 30 tickets for immediate family. Including friends, there were 150 to 160 who came to see the right-hander in uniform in his home state for the first time since leaving Texas Tech in 2009. That explained the surprising cheer when the visiting team's pitcher took the mound in the eighth inning and again when he struck out the first batter he faced, the Rangers' Brad Snyder.
The Marlins have cleared the way for Rafael Furcal to finally join the team. After a 6-0 loss to the Rangers on Wednesday night at Globe Life Park, Miami optioned first baseman Justin Bour to Triple-A New Orleans. The team didn't announce a corresponding move, but there now is an opening for Furcal to finally make his Marlins debut. The veteran infielder has been on the disabled list all season due to a left hamstring strain and a right groin strain.
Marlins right-hander Nathan Eovaldi will have more than the Pirates on his mind as he enters his start Friday night at Marlins Park. Eovaldi's wife is expecting the couple's first child any day, and the righty plans to head to Texas if the baby is on the way -- even if he is on the mound when she goes into labor. "Chuck said once I get the call, I'm coming out of the game," Eovaldi said, referring to Marlins pitching coach Chuck Hernandez.
The Marlins have agreed to terms with Brian Anderson, their third-round pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft. Anderson, an infielder out of the University of Arkansas, was taken with the No. 76 pick and agreed to a signing bonus ($600,000) less than the slotted value of the pick ($737,200).
Closing big league games can often be a wild ride, which is perfectly fine with Steve Cishek. The unassuming Marlins closer thrives on the rush of pitching with the game on the line. "I'm an adrenaline junkie," Cishek said. Not to the point of jumping out of airplanes, but the thrill of the ride gets Cishek going -- on and off the field.
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