Sandy pitches well in losing effort
For the 3rd time in 6 MLB starts, Sandy Alcántara was dominant. Set a career high in strikeouts. Lone run scored on a misplay in LF. Let's keep him.— Fish Stripes (@fishstripes) September 30, 2018
7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 10 K (98 pitches) pic.twitter.com/I4JF2xg5D2
Sandy Alcántara pitched well in the Marlins season finale against the Mets. Alcántara turned in a quality start and his 10 strikeouts over seven innings established a new career high.
The Mets’ lone run came in the fourth inning off the bat of a Todd Frazier. Isaac Galloway’s misplay in left field allowed the Mets’ Jeff McNeil to score.
Noah Syndergaard pitched a complete game shutout. The Marlins didn't score a run over their last two games, in fact, a streak of 22 innings. Lack of offense was a problem all season long and it continued to plague them until the end.
Players, staff reflect on 2018
Here’s a social media round-up of Marlins expressing their gratitude to the fans and looking forward to brighter days ahead:
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I want to thank God first to my family and then to you, my fans♥️, because without you, nothing would be possible, thanks for this support and for motivating us to make better players and better human beings: thanks to the miami marlins for the opportunity .!! this just starts just wait a lot more from jarlin garcia 2019 ⚾️♥️ ☝ @marlins #justgettinstarted #JuntosMiami #pedrobrandpalmundo ...!!! Quiero agradecer a Dios primero a mi familia y luego a ti, mis admiradores ♥️ porque sin ti, nada sería posible, gracias por este apoyo y por motivarnos para hacer mejores jugadores y mejores seres humanos: gracias a los miami marlins por la oportunidad !! esto solo comienza a esperar mucho más de jarlin garcia 2019 ⚾️ ♥️ ☝ @marlins # pedrobrandpalmundo
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2018. A season full of firsts. A year I’ll never forget. It’s made me excited for the future and hungry for more. It’s had its challenges but the Lord brought me through them. I’m thankful for opportunity and ready to get back home and get to work for 2019. #JuntosMiami @marlins - - : @catocataldo
Bienvenidos a Miami
Víctor Víctor Mesa and Víctor Mesa Jr. have landed in Miami in advance of their open workout at Marlins Park next Friday.
Rumor has it that they might not be leaving for awhile:
Two International Directors think the Mesas are a done deal to Miami https://t.co/DMRU62nk7I— Peter Gammons (@pgammo) September 30, 2018
The Baltimore Orioles are the only team with more international pool money. The key will be for the Marlins to add to their pool via trade or persuade the Mesa brothers to accept less, emphasizing the other cultural/lifestyle perks.
Questions the Marlins must answer in the offseason
MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro address five decisions the Marlins must make in the offseason. He covers five different situations ranging in topics from Miami’s decision on All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto to offseason spending.
Are the Marlins going to be able to re-sign their best catcher since Pudge Rodriguez (sorry, Paul Lo Duca), or is he destined for the trading block (to make the playoffs in 2019 for another team)? Are the Marlins going to be big spenders this offseason as hometown kid Manny Machado enters free agency?
While the rest of the baseball world will be focused on the playoffs, Derek Jeter and Co. will be in Miami finding solutions to these problems.
Don Mattingly predicts the next movement
Pitches low in the zone end up in the bleachers, as Major League Baseball has embraced upper-cut swings and steep launch angles. But you can have success by attacking above their barrels.
Once an expert hitter himself, the Marlins manager anticipates that a new generation of throwback players could thrive in this era (h/t David Laurila, FanGraphs):
“The guys who are telling us to hit the ball in the air are the same guys who saying we need to pitch up because guys are trying to hit the ball in the air. Sinker-ball guys have kind of left the game a little bit. You see more guys now who ride the fastball up. I think we’re looking for (hitters) who are more flat paths now—swing paths that can hit the ball that’s up. That’s really the next step—guys going back to being able to hit the high ball.”