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Miami Marlins Links, 3/26/18: Goodbye Nicolino, Brinson/Cooper/O’Grady make team, Peak preview season

Monday’s news and notes after a busy weekend.

Miami Marlins pitcher Nicolino Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Miami Marlins links for Monday, March 26th, 2018

Spring training results

The Marlins played their final spring training games this past weekend (yessssssssssss).

On Saturday, the Fish defeated the Nationals 4-3. Trevor Richards was fantastic, going six strong innings allowing one run off of four hits, one walk and three strikeouts, doing everything he needed to do to secure a spot in the rotation (which, as of this moment, appears to be open to him but is unclear if they’re actually going in that direction).

Yadiel Rivera had three RBI in the victory, including a two-run shot in the fifth off of Nats starter Max Scherzer.

Maybe that doesn’t get you hyped, but we were pumped

In Sunday’s contest, the Marlins fell to the New York Mets 4-3. Marlins starter Tyler Cloyd went five innings, giving up three earned runs off of six hits, one walk and five K’s.

Offensively, the Marlins scattered eight hits over the course of the game. Spring training superstar Isaac Galloway hit a triple in the second inning and finishes spring play with a robust .389 batting average, positioning himself as a solid depth piece to fall back upon, should the Marlins need it.

The Marlins complete Grapefruit league play with a 15-13 record (and ties) and now look ahead toward the beginning of the season.

Injury updates

Fare thee well, Nicolino

The Marlins released Justin Nicolino yesterday, where he was promptly (seemingly instantaneously, really) by the Cincinnati Reds.

Nicolino’s departure brings the rotation’s composition after Jose Urena into question. We know Dan Straily and Wei-Yin Chen will be in the mix when they return from their respective injuries, but who’s going to pitch in the meantime? Probably Odrisamer Despaigne. Maybe Caleb Smith, Elieser Hernandez and Brett Graves? Chris O’Grady’s hanging around. They already sent Adam Conley, Jarlin Garcia and Dillon Peters down, would they back track? Would they start Trevor Richards service clock early? Would they (gasp) consider spending a little bit of money to bring in one of the remaining free agents...


Brinson/Cooper/O’Grady trio to enjoy first stint on Opening Day roster

Lewis Brinson slashed .328/.365/.951 in 58 spring training ABs. Garrett Cooper hit .296/.321/.821 in 54 ABs, and Chris O’Grady appeared in eight games compiling a 6.43 ERA with a 2.20 WHIP (small sample size applies, of course).

You like previews? Try these on for size.

Amazin’ Avenue takes a look at the Marlins.

CBS Sports with a Marlins preview, Hero Sports with a Marlins preview. ranks the NL East teams in terms of watchability, while projects the standings. previews the Marlins’ bench.

Here at Fish Stripes

ICYMI: Aram’s fantastic story published this past Friday, can’t miss. Also, Ely makes us wonder if giving up on Justin Nicolino is going to be yet another in a long line of Marlins missteps that comes back to haunt them.

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