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Marlins links, 6/14/18: Brian Anderson walks it off

And all your Thursday Marlins links, ya’ll.

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Wednesday’s game

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The Marlins played Hansel to San Francisco’s Zoolander, as the Fish battled back three times and won on Brian Anderson’s walk-off sac fly in the ninth inning of Wednesday’s game.

He spoke about his approach in that last plate appearance afterward.

Caleb Smith got the quality start, giving up three runs in 6 13 innings, but did not factor into the decision. Drew Steckenrider had been on the hill the inning the game was won, so he got his third win of the season.

Updates on the Process

Will BA be around long enough to see the rebuild through? He has Jeter’s attention at least! But after the win, perhaps it’s better that fans not to look too closely at the above-mentioned process.

And there’s a lot of process-ing going on in this paragraph, but I have to mention Miami signed 16 of its new draftees. And that former ‘Cane Peter O’Brien has made his way home and has already set a record in the time he’s been back.

What do forest fires and J.T. Realmuto’s All-Star campaign have in common? (He didn’t start one with his scorching-hot bat, if that’s what you guessed.) Answer: only YOU can prevent them! By not voting! (And by not starting one, in the case of forest fires.) While you’re at it, go ahead and vote for Anderson, too. I mean, we‘re on board:

Yesterday in this space, we checked in on Mat Latos. Today’s Where Are They Now file comes from Kevin Brown, who is a straight-up vigilante.

Maybe he’s an asset after all?

Second baseman Starlin Castro has been somewhat overshadowed this season by how well Anderson and Realmuto are swinging the bat. But Craig Edwards points out that he’s more than justifying an everyday job (ESPN Insider subscription required):

Castro probably didn’t want to leave the Yankees in the Giancarlo Stanton trade, but he’s putting up a solid season in Miami. For the first time in his career, he’s taking a walk every once in a while, and he’s on pace for his best season since 2014, when he was worth 3.2 fWAR.

Castro is batting .285/.333/.392 in 2018 and controllable through the 2020 season.

Today’s game

ICYMI: Pudge Rodriguez’s son, Dereck, takes the mound for the Giants today as Dan Straily tries to finish off the sweep for the Fish. Game time is 12:10 PM.