Giancarlo Stanton almost broke the internet last night after hitting a home run over the left field stands and out of Dodger Stadium. Even some of the home crowd cheered the moonshot as Stanton joined Mark McGwire, Mike Piazza and Willie Stargell as the only players to hit balls out of Dodger Stadium.
Steve Cishek is no longer the Marlins' closer. While he tries to regain his form from last year, the Marlins are looking for other options to close out games. One of those options is Rafael Soriano, a free agent who has been a successful closer in his career.
The Marlins were close to signing Francisco Rodriguez in the offseason to add bullpen depth. That didn't pan out as he resigned with the Brewers. However, he could be available via trade after Milwaukee's dreadful start to 2015.
It is common knowledge that Giancarlo Stanton strikes out a lot, but he is striking out even more this season. Is this resulting from a problem with plate discipline?
Miami is deciding to close by committee at the moment after the struggles of Steve Cishek. This may work for a while, but who is the best option for the ninth inning in the long run for the Fish?
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The Marlins lost an ugly one to the Dodgers last night. Relive Giancarlo's moonshot and the rest of the game with the game thread.
Dee Gordon stormed out of the gates and is still hitting over .400 on the season. This exceptional form cannot continue though, can it?
Miami's set-up men now have the responsibility of closing out games after Steve Cishek's demotion. A.J. Ramos will lead the committee with Mike Dunn and Bryan Morris in toe.
Steve Cishek is still in Miami's bullpen, but he will not close in the foreseeable future. Just why was this decision made?