Miami Marlins links for Wednesday, March 14th, 2018
Spring training results
The Cardinals jumped all over Jose Urena early on the way to an 11-4 rout, dropping the Marlins to 10-6 in Grapefruit League play.
Ureña gave up six earned runs off of six hits, going only a third of an inning before being pulled. Frisaro has the goods:
For those wondering, Jose Urena is fine, physically. Touched 96 several times. Gave up a bloop to Fowler, got a k. Had 0zo 0-2 and Marlins felt he was squeezed on strike three. Ozo doubled on hanging slider. From there, it fell apart. Exited after 38 pitches. Threw more in ‘pen.— Joe Frisaro (@JoeFrisaro) March 13, 2018
Chris Mazza relieved Ureña and was tattooed himself to the tune of five runs. Tayron Guerrero, Junichi Tazawa, and Drew Steckenrider would calm things down in their respective single inning appearances, and Caleb Smith helped out his rotational cause by pitching four scoreless innings to close things out (though he did issue four walks in that span).
Offensively, Derek Dietrich hit a home run, Cameron Maybin scorched a two-run triple, and Starlin Castro pitched in with a double...and aside from a smattering of singles, that about covers it.
The Marlins will take on the New York Mets today at 1:05 eastern, it will be Stephen Matz vs Dan Straily.
Justin Bour will return to the lineup after being scratched yesterday due to back spasms.
Breaking down the remaining roster battles
Alex Carver, the man behind Fish on the Farm (and occasional Fish Stripes contributor) has a tremendous breakdown of the Marlins spring training situation as it presently stands.
Marlins launch new outreach initiative
The Marlins yesterday announced the start of Dimelo, which is their new “listening campaign.”
With heavy dose of hindsight
Mike Axisa at CBS Sports says the Marlins were in a stellar position to capitalize on the 2018 free agency freeze.
Never fear, MLB FoodFest is here
If you live near Manhattan like Fish Stripes deputy editor Ely Sussman does, I have fantastic news: You can sample the best food every MLB team has to offer at the end of April. The article doesn’t mention it, but we have it on good authority that Miami’s contribution will be bacon-wrapped plantains...which, good luck topping that, everyone else.
Sports Quotient previews the NL East
Will Wetzel of the Sports Quotient takes a look at the NL East (Marlins are at the bottom of the article, where he also figures they’ll end up in the standings...hey Will, you’re not alone).
Today in predictions...
Adam Strangis at Fansided gives one bold prediction for every major league team, and for the Marlins, he predicts they will suck at an historic level.
Here at Fish Stripes
You have one more day to enter our March Madness bracket, hosted over at ESPN! Prize is this guy:
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