Mike Trout is often thought of as the best player in Major League Baseball. With his drop in value this year, could Giancarlo Stanton pass him by?
With the season being just over a month from conclusion, talk has started to heat up over the post season awards. Giancarlo Stanton’s career year has put him squarely in the National League MVP race.
hen the Marlins invested more than $32 million on catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, first baseman Garrett Jones and second baseman Rafael Furcal the idea wasn't only for them to provide veteran leadership. It was also to get some production from them in important games and situations.
The Marlins on Sunday traded minor league pitcher Chaz Roe to the Yankees for cash considerations. Roe, a 27-year old right-hander who was a non-roster invitee to spring training, was 3-3 with a 3.66 ERA for Triple A New Orleans.
Nathan Eovaldi remains one of the hardest throwers in the major leagues. But opposing hitters aren’t finding the Miami Marlins right-hander particularly hard to hit.
This is the point of the season that teams count on their most experienced players to lead them to the playoffs. As the Miami Marlins slip back in the race, one of the key reasons is that the veterans they signed in the offseason for that purpose are failing them.
The revolving door has spun all season at second base for the Miami Marlins. Donovan Solano has been the latest occupant, getting most of the starts the past two months in what amounts to an audition for next season.
Four home runs separate Giancarlo Stanton from matching the Marlins' all-time home run record of 154 held by Dan Uggla. Stanton also is closing in on a milestone no Miami player has achieved since Uggla in 2010.
Alvarez, who is enjoying a career-best season thus far, has walked only 1.7 batters per nine innings in 2014, ranking fifth in the National League. He also owns a 2.75 ERA, which places the right-hander seventh among NL starters.
Reinforcements are about to be on the way for the Marlins as rosters expand Monday. Because the team is hopeful of making a serious playoff push, only a few additions are expected to be called up immediately.
Coming off his shortest stint of the season, Nathan Eovaldi was looking for a bounce-back start Sunday at Turner Field. For the most part, the Marlins right-hander got on track, but he still wasn't able to come out on the winning end.
Around The League
The days are getting shorter. The temperatures are dropping just a bit. And baseball is entering its best month of the season. While just about every team has something worth noting, here are five of the most compelling MLB storylines to keep track of in September.
Reds closer Aroldis Chapman's fastball has established its presence with authority since he broke into the Majors in 2010. But he's got a chance to do something that neither he, nor anyone else, has done before -- have a fastball average 100 mph for an entire season.
In acquiring Jonathan Broxton from the Reds on Sunday, the Brewers got a tested right-hander to help set up Francisco Rodriguez. Milwaukee will send two players to be named to Cincinnati in the teams' first trade since Jim Edmonds went to the Reds in August 2010.
The A's on Sunday acquired designated hitter/first baseman Adam Dunn and cash considerations from the White Sox in exchange for Minor League right-handed pitcher Nolan Sanburn.
At Fish Stripes
Christian Yelich may have "fallen" onto the leadoff man role for the Miami Marlins, but he is almost an ideal candidate for the position.
With just over a month left in the regular season, the Miami Marlins' front office is still thinking about winning now. MLB.com's Joe Frisaro asked President of Baseball Operations Mike Hill several questions pertinent to a Marlins playoff run.
While the ideal scenario in most Marlins fans' minds involves Giancarlo Stanton signing a long-term extension and putting up MVP-caliber numbers for the next 10-12 seasons, this article explores one trade option if the team is unable to keep Stanton.
Nathan Eovaldi has had some mediocre starts in the last month, but there really is no need for concern for a guy pitching at perhaps his career best.
The Miami Marlins traded minor league reliever Chaz Roe to the New York Yankees in exchange for cash considerations on Sunday afternoon. Roe spent his Marlins stint with Triple-A New Orleans.