The Marlins got shelled 9-2 yesterday. Starter Tom Koehler gave up three runs in 2 2/3 innings, but as is the custom for pitchers in Spring Training, he was just trying to get a feel for a particular pitch, his changeup. He did it while paying tribute to both his daughters and Jose Fernandez.
Manager Don Mattingly is emphasizing baserunning this season in hopes that fewer outs on the basepaths will lead to more runs.
Marlins fans should root for these teams in the WBC. Tayron Guerrero, anyone?
Once Jeffrey Loria sells the Marlins to one of six potential suitors, might Hall-of-Famer and Florida resident Derek Jeter be involved? Buster Olney contends that would be a great way to get the fans back on board. If you’re reading, Captain, maybe this prophecy will convince you.
Jeff Sullivan of Fangraphs thinks the Marlins have assembled a dynamite bullpen.
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There’s even more WBC action today. But it’s Tebow-time for the Mets in Port St. Lucie. More importantly, it’s Cy Young vs. Thor.
I don’t know about you, but I want to be an Italian League superstar, like Mark Teahen. I’ve been following the training regimen for years already and should be good to go. Just waiting for the call.