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Miami Marlins links, 5/10/18: Chicago not the Marlins’ kind of town

Introducing a new stat and home-run tracker, plus more links for your Thursday

MLB: Miami Marlins at Chicago Cubs David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Yesterday’s game

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:

Sadly, Chen wasn’t the first Marlin to give up nine in an outing this season. The Fish are thankful they won’t be returning to the Lake Michigan area any time soon.

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.

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.

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.

MLB Trade Rumors analyzed J.T. Realmuto and his potential landing spots whenever he is traded. (Note: one of the prospects referred to in the Jonathan Lucroy trade was Lewis Brinson!)

Up next:

The Marlins travel home to take on the Braves in a four-game series. Red-hot Caleb Smith faces the NL’s best offense to date. Game time is 7:10 p.m. Thursday.