The Miami Marlins can still have a shot to win the World Series this season. That is however a longshot, unless a bunch of things that aren’t going to happen actually do happen. Mike Oz of Big League Stu believes the Marlins can still win the World Series this season, granted that the following things happen:
The Miami Marlins signed first baseman Garrett Jones to a two-year contract in the off-season because they loved his "consistency" at the plate throughout his career. Though the Marlins praised the signing because of his bat, he’s only posted a wRC+ (weighted runs created) of over 100 only three times in his career.
After becoming only the second player in Marlins history to hit the 35 homer/100 RBI milestone, Giancarlo Stanton said it's much too soon to sit back and admire the accomplishment. "Great group of numbers right there," Stanton acknowledged of his home run and RBI figures. "But we have a month left, so no stopping."
Clayton Kershaw is a major threat to Giancarlo Stanton’s Most Valuable Player chances, but some think a pitcher shouldn’t be chosen as MVP.
Sunday marked the 10th time in franchise history (third this season) the Marlins struck out 13 or more times without drawing at least one walk in a game of nine innings or fewer. The first nine times it happened the Marlins managed to scratch out at least one run, but the Braves behind Alex Wood and Craig Kimbrel completed the 1-0 shutout to win the series at Turner Field.
With one third-inning swing Tuesday, Giancarlo Stanton became the first Marlin since Dan Uggla in 2010 to reach the 30-homer and 100-RBI plateaus. He's already achieved the third-highest homer total in club history behind Garry Sheffield's 42 in 1996 and the 37 Stanton blasted in 2012. The long ball is a key component of Stanton's success as a run producer, but he's employed plenty of other methods of knocking in runs.
Milestones keep mounting for Giancarlo Stanton, who is rapidly closing in on a couple of Marlins home run records. The slugger is nearing Gary Sheffield's single-season mark of 42 and Dan Uggla's all-time total of 154.
Only six days removed from a tough day against Marlins hurler Jarred Cosart at Turner Field, the Braves will face the right-hander again on Friday night at Marlins Park as each team tries to keep pace in the National League Wild Card race. The Braves are a half-game behind the Brewers for the second NL Wild Card spot, while the Marlins are 5 1/2 games back. Atlanta, which is off, could tie Milwaukee on Thursday, pending the outcome of the Brewers-Cardinals finale.
There are still 3 1/2 weeks remaining in the season, with so much still to be decided. But the annual great debate over Most Valuable Player Awards is underway. And as has become the norm, the availability and accessibility of advanced analytical data will add color, layers and probably quite a bit of heat to the conversation.
Southpaw Andrew Heaney, the Marlins' No. 1 prospect, didn't take his sweet time working through Miami's system. And even though his quick progress included a stretch of rough outings during his four-start stint in the Major Leagues, the Marlins are fully invested in the player expected to anchor their rotation alongside the likes of Jose Fernandez.
Around The League
DENVER -- Rather than spend the hours it'd take to rehash what could have been, manager Walt Weiss chose to sum up the Rockies' injury-plagued season in one concise sentence:
NEW YORK -- If you want to talk about the future of sports stadiums, one good person to start with is Larry Lucchino. From Baltimore to San Diego to Boston, he has been at the head of unique initiatives to develop or modernize important ballparks, and during Thursday's ongoing Bloomberg Sports Business Summit the Red Sox president and CEO was asked what tomorrow's stadium looks like.
Chicago's inner-city youth baseball and softball programs received another significant boost on Thursday, this time with support from the city and its Major League teams. Mayor Rahm Emanuel, along with city officials, announced $6.5 million in new investments for Chicago parks aided by the White Sox and Cubs, who joined forces with the Park District capital investment to each contribute $250,000 to keep expanding baseball and softball programming.
BALTIMORE -- Reds starting pitcher Homer Bailey is scheduled to have surgery to repair a small tear in the flexor mass tendon near his right forearm. The club's medical director, Dr. Tim Kremchek, will perform the operation on Friday morning in Cincinnati.
At Fish Stripes
A look at Miami Marlins starting pitching prospect Jose Urena and his strong finish to the 2014 season.
Miami Marlins starter Henderson Alvarez is listed as day to day after leaving his Monday start with an oblique injury. Miami may end Alvarez's season early if the injury will affect his health moving forward.
The Miami Marlins have yet to name a starter for Sunday afternoon's series finale with the Atlanta Braves. Henderson Alvarez's return is questionable, and Brad Penny struggled on Tuesday night.
As much as the Miami Marlins are going to deny it, Giancarlo Stanton's status as a Marlin remains in the air. If he leaves the team at the end of 2015, where does he stand among the Marlins' greats?