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4/30/18 links: Caleb Smith’s first win, JB out with back spasms, Dan Straily returns

Winning four of the last five, the Marlins look to carry the momentum into a new week. Here are Monday’s links.

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The Marlins win their second series of the year

The Marlins took the last two games of the series against the Rockies to win the series. The Marlins have won their second series in a week as well as their second series win of the year. The Marlins received some great pitching by Caleb Smith and timely hits from Lewis Brinson, Starlin Castro, and Miguel Rojas.

Yesterday’s win was Smith’s first career win and it was impressive. He pitched seven scoreless innings, while striking out nine and walking one. Over his last two starts, Smith has struck out 19 in 13 innings while allowing only two runs (1.38 ERA).

Justin Bour out for a second time

JB wasn’t in the lineup yesterday for the second time after missing Saturday’s matchup with back spasms. At the moment, it isn't believed to be anything serious as the Marlins are considering him day-to-day. Bour’s slashing .250/.357/.417 with four home runs and 13 RBI this season.

J.T. Riddle continues rehab

Riddle will be starting at shortstop tonight for the New Orleans Baby Cakes as he makes his way back from shoulder surgery. When Riddle is called up, chances are Yadiel Rivera will be sent down as the Marlins will have an influx of infielders.

Dan Straily makes his season debut tonight

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The Marlins reinforcements are coming back all at once, Dan Straily started the season on the DL with forearm inflammation and worked his way back into the starting rotation.

Straily combined with José Ureña for the Marlins’ one-two punch for much of last season. But with every member of the rotation performing well lately, Straily will be pressured to improve on 2017’s 10-9 record and 4.26 ERA.

Aiming to make it three in a row

On the mound for the visiting Phillies tonight will be Jake Arrieta, who the Fish have already faced and beat this season. The Phillies are coming into to town to begin a three game series and the Fish are looking for their third consecutive series win and first against a division rival. Catch the game tonight at 7:10pm.

Know thy enemy

Although not playing their best baseball right now, the Phillies have a deep, talented roster. Jesse previews the rivalry series and gives you the names to know in both dugouts.

The future looks bright

Several of the highly regarded Marlins prospects acquired this past offseason—Magneuris Sierra, Monte Harrison and Jorge Guzman, especially—seem to be getting comfortable in their new surroundings. Andrew brings us the full weekly recap from the farm system.