Jarred Cosart matched Jacob deGrom pitch for pitch on Monday afternoon, striking out four New York Mets over 3.2 scoreless innings. Chris Johnson went 2-for-3 in the game as he continues to ramp up preparations for his probable platoon role with Justin Bour at first base this season.
Cosart has yet to give up a run in four appearances (9 2/3 innings) this spring as pitching coach Juan Nieves continues to work his magic on the 25 year-old right hander.
Free agent signing Wei-Yin Chen and fellow lefty Justin Nicolino spent Monday morning pitching against Double-A Jacksonville, with the former running his pitch count to 78 as he prepares to take to the mound on Opening Day at Marlins Park. Nicolino, on the other hand, appears to be on the outside looking in with regards to securing a rotation spot in Miami to start the season.
A collection of links regarding Adam Conley's terrific weekend start, the Opening Day starter decision and Jose Fernandez and his agent, Scott Boras, are provided by Marlin Maniac here.
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MLB.com has evaluated the top outfields in the major leagues, and Giancarlo Stanton and Christian Yelich have carried the Marlins near the top of the charts.
There was another scary moment in baseball this weekend as Brewers outfielder Rymer Liriano was hit in the face by a pitch. He visited Milwaukee's clubhouse a day after being released from hospital, but surgery may be required.