The tide may just be beginning to turn in South Florida as the Marlins have now won three of their last four games after beating the Phillies 4-1 last night. The win was the first of the season for Opening Day starter Edinson Volquez, who had started an MLB-worst 0-7 in 2017.
Despite a terrible month of May for Miami, Justin Bour has turned his season around. After batting .222 in April, the first baseman has bumped his average up to .276, and has tallied 13 home runs and 33 RBI for good measure. However, it will be tough for him to make the All-Star Game roster.
The Marlins were in crisis mode after they lost Martin Prado, Adeiny Hechavarria and Miguel Rojas to injury, but since then J.T. Riddle has started to look like a long-term solution.
Starter Jeff Locke looks set to finally make his first start of the season this Thursday. The left-hander has been out since Spring Training with tendinitis in his throwing shoulder.
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Hunter Strickland and Bryce Harper started a brawl yesterday afternoon in Washington’s 3-0 win. Strickland hit Harper with a pitch in the eighth, which evoked memories of a run-in between the two in 2014.
Mike Trout will miss 6-8 weeks after opting to undergo surgery to repair his left thumb which he injured at Marlins Park over the weekend.
Dustin Pedroia has been flown back to Boston to have an MRI on his left wrist.
Erasmo Ramirez has become the first pitcher since 1984 to start a game the very next day after earning a save. He was pulled after allowing four runs over 2.1 innings, though.
Homer in your very first Major League at-bat? Paul DeJong checked that box.