The Marlins are collecting hardwear early on this season.
One week ago, catcher J.T. Realmuto won the award after batting .500 during the season’s introductory games. Marcell Ozuna batted .435, .481 OBP, and a slugging point at 1.000 over the course of the last six games against the NY Mets formidable pitching staff. The homestand stretch was capped with a masterful performance by Ozuna, particularly with an amazing grab off the wall which preserved the eventual 8 inning no hitter orchestrated mainly by Dan Straily.
Coming into the Monday night matchup against the Mariners featuring Tom Koehler (0-0, 3.27) and Ariel Miranda (0-1, 5.06), Ozuna is currently in the upper echelon of the majors in RBI with 18 and hitting .404, which ranked second in the NL and fourth in the majors. His five home runs place him at 5th place overall, tied with Salvador Perez and Mike Moustakas. This was the first time in franchise history that the Marlins have received the award in back-to-back weeks.