Straily not sharp in season debut
Dan Straily made his 2018 Marlins debut yesterday and it was a rough start, but good to see him take the mound without any lingering effects of forearm tightness. Straily pitched four innings, allowing six hits and four runs, while walking four batters. He’ll need to be better to keep pace with the other effective rotation members. Luckily for him, the Marlins offense provided plenty of run support in the 8-4 victory.
ROTY candidate Brian Anderson
Anderson was 3-for-4 in last night’s game and only a triple short of the cycle (the Marlins have never had anyone hit for the cycle). Anderson pushed four runs across the plate for the Marlins with a two-run double in the bottom of the third and a two-run home run to dead center. He also played an outstanding right field and made a phenomenal catch in the top of the seventh inning to keep the Phillies from scoring.
Tayron Guerrero brings the heat
Here is Tayron Guerrero last night, throwing the fastest pitch of the MLB season (101.8 mph). And here is why you should be so excited to have him on the Marlins: https://t.co/QVcwviYsCl pic.twitter.com/ZBqWd27xd1— Fish Stripes (@fishstripes) May 1, 2018
Although he is somewhat unknown to the rest of the league, Tayron was acquired from the Padres in the Andrew Cashner deal in 2016. Guerrero always had elite fastball velocity and now that he’s made the major league roster, he’s bringing that fastball with him and opening eyes along the way. He threw the fastest pitch clocked all season yesterday—a high inside 102 mile-per-hour four-seamer. As Guerrero continues to gain experience, his confidence and fastball should improve. Soon, the Marlins may have their own shutdown relief pitcher.
Creating bonds in the community
The Marlins are proud to partner with @jpmorgan to launch the Good Student, and Leaders of Tomorrow Programs, aimed at recognizing and celebrating young leaders and students in the the South Florida community. #JustGettinStarted | #JuntosMiami pic.twitter.com/q4tHOzt5qv— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) May 1, 2018
While Derek Jeter and company have made a number of public relations gaffes, he has kept his promise to build a relationship with the South Florida community. The Marlins continue to make good on this promise, as they partner with JP Morgan to celebrate amazing local students. Now if only Jeter’s second promise can come to fruition. In the meantime, I guess we’ll just have to wait and #Re2pectTheProcess.
25 years ago today
Mike Ferguson of Marlins Memories reminds us that Tuesday marks the 25th anniversary of the franchise’s first-ever walk-off win. Rick Renteria scored Jeff Conine with a single in the bottom of the 12th inning against the Rockies. Here’s the box score.
With the 13th pick in the 2018 MLB amateur draft...
The latest mock draft from MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo has the Marlins going the local route with their top selection: Triston Casas, corner infielder from American Heritage School. The 18-year-old Casas has extraordinary raw power. Also, he played last summer with Elite Squad, the same travel ball program that helped mold Lewis Brinson into a future major leaguer.
The Marlins are looking to win the series tonight
Jarlin García, the Marlins ace as of late, looks to continue his hot streak and secure the Marlins fourth consecutive win as they take on Zach Eflin and the Phils at 7:10pm.