Atlanta takes three of four from the Marlins
The Marlins were unable to muster up much offense against the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves. Sean Newcomb kept the Marlins off the scoreboard with six scoreless innings. It wasn't until the bottom of the ninth inning that the Marlins scored three runs thanks to a Justin Bour pinch-hit home run.
The Fish get to rest as they prepare to welcome the Los Angeles Dodgers into town. They last faced the Dodgers in April, taking two of three on the road. Hoping for similar results this time around with the reigning NL pennant winners slumping just as much during the previous week.
Jose Ureña is a model consistency
What a difference having an offense makes. Last season, Marlins starter Jose Urena was 14-7 with a 3.82 ERA. In his last 8 starts this season he has a 3.82 ERA with an 0-5 record. He gets the worst run support in MLB w just 2 runs per start. The Marlins are 0-9 in his starts.— Will Manso (@WillManso) May 13, 2018
Although Ureña started the season on bad foot, he's since righted the ship, picking up exactly where he left off last year’s performance. In the month of May, he’s pitching to the tune of a 3.44 ERA in 18 1⁄3 innings.
Ureña’s 0-6 record isn't indicative of his most recent performances as he’s fallen victim to the lowest run support in the major leagues.
Magneuris Sierra update
It seemed like more than a coincidence when Sierra was removed from Sunday’s Triple-A game shortly after Miguel Rojas was hit by a pitch on the wrist. Brian Anderson had also been pulled from the game for a possible injury. It’s standard practice for teams to protect their call-up candidates when they are about to join the active roster.
But it turns out that the speedy outfielder has his own hamstring concerns, according to Daniel Álvarez Montes of El Extrabase.
Sierra is in the midst of a disappointing season overall, though he’s been a more serviceable .291/.311/.350 batter with five stolen bases during the past calendar month.
What to do with Starlin Castro?
Hector Lozada of Marlin Maniac tries to find potential landing spots for the second baseman and even prepares for the possibility of that he stays in Miami through the trade deadline.
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For those #onhere who are also part of Marlins Twitter, you can expect the team’s official account to get a lot more active during games.
Five starts later and Pablo Lopez allows his first run of the year
Marlins’ prospect Pablo Lopez finally has an earned run average, surrendering a solo home run and coming out on the wrong end of a 1-0 loss.
Lopez was acquired from the Mariners last season in exchange for right-hander David Phelps. That one mistake aside, he is pitching great in Double-A Jacksonville (0.35 ERA in 26.0 IP).