Fresh off a sweep of the Pirates, the Marlins have regained momentum as they prepare for the stretch run, but a few obstacles are in their way, and Michael Hill has given his opinions on some of them.
The success in Pittsburgh was down to the starting pitching, as Jose Urena, David Phelps, and Tom Koehler all set the tone in the three key victories against a Wild Card rival.
It was a big blow when Miami lost slugger Giancarlo Stanton to the DL, but his recovery is going well and he may be able to play before the end of the regular season.
It took a while, but Fernando Rodney is finally pitching like the reliever the Marlins traded for, and with A.J. Ramos back from injury, Miami has the ninth inning covered.
A collection of links about Jeff Francoeur, Ichiro and David Phelps can be found here.
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Stephen Strasburg is headed to the DL with elbow soreness, an issue which has been bothering him since the All-Star Break.
The Pirates and David Freese have agreed on a contract extension which will see the veteran infielder make at least $11 million in guaranteed money over the next two seasons.
Freddy Galvis hit a foul ball which struck a little girl in the stands on Saturday, and then slammed Major League Baseball and their safety policies.