The biggest mystery surrounding the Miami Marlins in 2014 has to be about their current shortstop, Adeiny Hechavarria. Hech, as he is lovingly called, has become a polarizing player for the Marlins. While the Marlins front office is very high on Hech, there is a split in the Marlins fanbase about what kind of player he really is.
The Miami Marlins have a dilemma now, the same one that Boston Red Sox had last year, Jarrod Saltalamacchia is the team’s starting catcher. As the Red Sox advanced deeper into October, David Ross got more and more playing time behind the plate.
Giancarlo Stanton isn’t ready to proclaim the season a success simply because the Marlins are back at .500 and lurking in the playoff hunt. But neither is he complaining. He’s smiling a lot these days.
Considering they did it five times over their first 60 games, the Marlins were hopeful double-digit run outputs would be relatively regular occurrences. Not so. Over their second 60, the Marlins had no 10-plus run games and scored more than five just six times.
The Miami Marlins two seasons ago helped Adam Greenberg get back to the major leagues. In doing so, they bolstered his candidacy for the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and Museum.
The Marlins entered Sunday as one of three teams with 17 wins in the second half, a feat that had forced them to rely on closer Steve Cishek more than usual. The righty appeared in 14 of those contests and turned in a National League-best 11 saves in that span (tied with Francisco Rodriguez entering play Sunday).
For the first time ever, the Rangers will visit Marlins Park to open up another two-game series with Miami after splitting two games with them back in June at Globe Life Park. But unlike their sporadic matchups in the past several years, the Marlins find themselves in a position the Rangers have been used to: looking with anticipation toward October.
Staying with an up-the-middle approach is a big reason Casey McGehee has enjoyed a productive season. It's factored into the Miami third baseman batting .333 with runners in scoring position entering play Sunday, as well as providing protection behind Giancarlo Stanton.
But on Sunday, Giancarlo Stanton had four RBIs and his bat propelled the Marlins to .500 for the first time since July 29 as they beat Arizona, 10-3, and secured their third consecutive series win. The Marlins have won seven of their last 10 games, and the .500 threshold is pivotal for them if they want to put together a late-season run in the National League Wild Card race. The last time they were above an even mark was on June 20.
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Baseball's injuries have made their mark on the pennant races already, testing the depth and creativity of clubs, and returns from the DL will go a long way in determining who gets into October. With that in mind, we wrote a ranking of 10 MLB teams that are hurting the most.
The Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) Softball World Series came to an end on Sunday with RBI Santo Domingo bringing the championship trophy back to the Dominican Republic for the second time in three years and third time overall with a 4-1 victory over Houston Astros RBI at Texas Women's University.
Mark Teixeira hit his 361st career home run on Sunday at Tropicana Field, tying Joe DiMaggio for 80th place on the all-time list.
If they hadn't already, the Mariners announced to the other American League playoff contenders this weekend that they are very much a part of that group.
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If the Miami Marlins want to help Giancarlo Stanton earn an MVP, then the team needs to get to winning, because the odds get a lot worse without a playoff appearance.
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