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Overreaction Monday: Miami Marlins Edition

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Red checks in with some sweeping generalizations about a surprisingly competitive Marlins squad.

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As the first weekend of baseball comes to a close, it’s now time for our inaugural Overreaction Monday! If you are one of those level-headed fans who likes to look at the big picture and not get excited, well, this isn’t for you.

But, if you’re like me, someone who analyzes every pitch, hit, bad/good outing - then welcome home and enjoy the ride as we look to analyze every home weekend series this season. We will give stars for every good performance and highlight the bad ones.

For our first series, we witnessed our beloved Fish play those Cubs from the Windy City. Do you think they remember 2003? Hmm...anyways, the series took place from March 29th-April 1st and had a lot of great performances and a few not-so-great ones. Let’s just get into it & start overreacting.

Opening Day: Cubs drop the Marlins 8-4.

On Thursday, we saw the Marlins lose to the Cubs 4-8. Although the score doesn’t show it, the Marlins didn’t exactly get outplayed. The Fish has some bright moments. Our star picks for the game are:

⭐️⭐️⭐️ B. Anderson 2-3 2 RBI

⭐⭐️️ D. Dietrich 2-4 1 RBI

⭐️ J. Tazawa 2 IP 2Ks 0 runs

Brian Anderson gets awarded three stars for his encouraging performance in game number one. Look, I realize it’s one game but the kid looks like an everyday PRO! He belongs here.

Derek Dietrich gets awarded two stars. Dietrich looked good every at bat, including the one where the ball hit him. If you remember last year, this guy gets hit quite a bit. I don’t want to overreact...but I picked up Dietrich for my fantasy team.

Junichi Tazawa gets awarded one star. Look, the guy didn’t exactly have the best 2017 season. So If 2.0 IP with two strikeouts and no runs allowed is a sign of things to come, I’ll take it and so should the Fish.

The “WHAT THE?!” award winners of the game go to...

...Lewis Brinson and Jose Urena.

“The rookie is a bust!” screamed a random twitter user who’s name I didn’t care to learn. Give the guy a break. Did he go 0-5? Yes. But relax Marlins fan. It’s the first of many, many, many Opening Days for Brinson. He will be just fine.

As for my main man, Ureña, 4.0 innings pitched, five earned runs doesn’t seem great. Before we go and move him to the bullpen, let’s take a closer look at those numbers. He only gave up one hit in that first inning. What ultimately did him in was the four base on balls and the few hit-by-pitches. I see Ureña bouncing back just fine since he usually shows great poise on the mound. The nerves just got the best of him.

Game Two: Marlins win 2-1 in Extras.

On Friday, the Fish and Cubs played game two of the weekend series, and it was literally almost two games. The Fish walked it off in the bottom of the 17th behind a Miguel Rojas RBI single, with the final score of 2-1. Below are my clear and obvious star picks:

⭐️⭐️⭐️ Marlins Bullpen 11 innings zero runs

⭐️⭐️ C. Smith 5 1/3 IP 1 ER 8 Ks

⭐️ L. Brinson 4-7 4 singles

Man, that bullpen did it’s thing! Three stars awarded! And if I had to choose a team strength, there you have it. Although I don’t see Jarlin the Marlin staying in the bullpen much longer, I look to this unit to lead the way this season.

Hats off to my man, Caleb Smith. My man gets two stars for his stellar performance. Besides the fact that I almost added a Caleb Smith jersey to my cart at mlb.com (had to custom make it), this kid went out there and did his job. Not only did he throw all his pitches for strikes to a very good, patient team but he didn’t look out of place. This kid looks like a number 2-3 starter if I’ve ever seen one. I can’t wait till he gets the ball back. (He also liked one of my tweets so he gets bonus points).

My final star goes to Lewis Brinson. Welcome to the show sir! 4 singles in 7 at bats and one run scored. Kid looked ready out there and made in game adjustments after his first at bat. Kids going to be a stud and you can @ me on that one.

The “WHAT THE?!” award winner of the game go to...

...Chad Wallach.

0-10 with 8 strikeouts in his first two games. Look, this one isn’t an overreaction, Wallach does not look like a major league player. He has been completely exposed every at bat and has not come near a pitch. I think it’s time to send him down. I’ll give him this; he did catch 17 innings of one-run ball but at the plate...WHAT THE?!

Game Three: Cubs turn the tables, win 10-6 in extras.

On Saturday, Game three of our series was played inside super cozy Marlins Park and we were treated to another great game. The Marlins fell to the Cubbies 10-6 in extra innings and that score may be a bit deceptive. The Fish really did match the Cubs pitch-for-pitch, hit-for-hit for a while. The Marlins even had a chance to win it in the bottom of the 9th but fell short. Get used to these type of games boys and girls because these are the growing pains. If there’s one thing you don’t do, it’s give an opponent more opportunities, especially one of the best line ups in baseball. A botched run down was all it took for the momentum to completely switch sides and well the rest is history. Not too many stars to pick from today folks but here you go:

⭐️⭐️⭐️ D. Dietrich 2-4 2 RBI, HR

⭐️⭐️ D. Jeter - The Mermaids

⭐️ B. Holaday 1-3 clutch RBI

My man DIETZ gets three stars for his performance Saturday night. He looks like a solid number 2 hitter after going 2-3 and hitting the first dinger of the Marlins season.

Our two star award goes to...JEETS? That’s right Derek Jeter. It was announced today that he officially got rid of that horrible Energy/Pep Squad team and brought back the Mermaids. All we need now is the Manatees and I’m all set.

One star goes to Bryan Holaday. My man got a hit from the catcher’s position and a clutch one at that! Sorry Wallach...you just lost your spot.

The “WHAT THE?!” award winner of the game go to...

...Justin Bour.

Bour...my man, let’s get it going! 0-5...usually I wouldn’t be too worried because you usually start off slow and well it’s a new month tomorrow but this is an overreaction article. So let’s react...basically this team will go as far as Bour carries them. We need opposing teams to fear pitching to Bour so that guys like Castro and Anderson will start seeing stuff to hit. Let’s go, swing it big fella.

Game Four: Marlins get the split with a 6-0 shutout.

If I was to tell you that on Sunday, the Fish had the opportunity to spit the series with the Cubs you would have taken that in a heart beat! Especially knowing they could’ve won on Saturday night. Well good people of the world, that’s exactly the opportunity the Fish had...and that’s exactly what they did behind a 6-0 win. The Marlins absolutely hung in there through five innings and finally broke through. Our stars? Easy choices.

⭐️⭐️⭐️ D. Peters 6 IP 6 hits 0 ER

⭐️⭐️ B. Anderson 1-3 3 RBI

⭐️ Marlins Bullpen 3 IP 2 hits 0 ER 4 Ks

Man oh man was Peters doing his thing. Best part? He wasn’t as sharp as he could’ve been. Did he allow a lot of traffic on the bases? Yes, but! He kept battling and didn’t allow a run to the National League favorites. Three stars.

I’m getting used to writing about our two star hero! Brian Anderson is clutch! Take it to the bank.

Here we go again with the bullpen just dominating a game. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, if we have a late lead, watch out! One star.

The “WHAT THE?!” award winner of the game go to...

...C. Wallach.

Wait! Before you say I’m picking on him, it’s a “WHAT THE?!” moment because the guy got a hit AND a RBI. Honestly, the Marlins need him to perform if he’s going to be out there as often as he has been. Let’s go brother.

That wraps up the first home series of the season and man was it a ride of ups and downs. We’re going to have a great time watching these guys battling all year and if you think the Marlins are going to lay down and lose? Think again. Well Fish fans hold on tight because we have a long season to go! See you guys after the next home weekend series. Remember to throw me a follow on twitter for my takes on all things Marlins and my daily star awards at @Redd_Garcia and always remember...stay strong, we are just getting started!

Season Leader in Stars:

  1. D. Dietrich (5)
  2. B. Anderson (5)
  3. Marlins Bullpen (4)
  4. D. Peters (3)
  5. C. Smith (2)
  6. D. Jeter (2)
  7. B. Holaday (1)
  8. L. Brinson (1)
  9. J. Tazawa (1)