Rule no. 157 of fantasy baseball: Don’t start your pitcher at Wrigley Field if the wind is blowing out. Unfortunately for Wei-Yin Chen, the Marlins play real baseball, and it was his turn to start against the Cubs in Chicago on a day the wind was, in fact, blowing in that unfavorable direction. He had a career-worst day, surrendering nine runs and three home runs in just three innings. The Fish went on to lose 13-4 and were swept by the Cubs.
Like Chen, Manager Don Mattingly didn’t have any fun:
Blame the rookies?
Perhaps the plethora of first-year major-leaguers on the team are to blame for being distracted by their to-do lists.
Stats: Miguel Rojas HR tracker = 5
On the positive side, the newest member of the Fly Ball Revolution continued to destroy his previous career-high of one home run in a season, henceforward earning himself a home-run tracker in this column.
.@MRojasOfficial goes down and gets one, a two-run shot in the seventh inning, his fifth HR of the season! Watch the @Marlins and Cubs in action live now on FOX Sports Florida and FOX Sports Go! #JuntosMiami #MLB pic.twitter.com/2m2Nx7kQoi— FOX Sports Florida (@FOXSportsFL) May 9, 2018
As one of only two living proponents of the as-yet nonexistent stat “hit-by-pitch ratio”, the author hereby nominates Derek Dietrich as its poster boy.
DID YOU KNOW: Derek Dietrich has twice as many HBP (6) as walks (3) in 2018. No MLB qualified player has done that over the past 100 years.— Fish Stripes (@fishstripes) May 9, 2018
Get outta the way, punk: we're making history.
That’s our very random stat of the day. pic.twitter.com/TtcI7O9miP
Seriously though, Kyle Barraclough is striking out more than a third of the batters he faces so far this season in large part thanks to an increased reliance on his changeup.
Beat writers unite! – Roster ruminations
Marlins beat writers don’t always agree, but when they do, it’s sometimes about a possible call-up.