Marlins take Citrus Series opener
It took 10 innings but the Marlins came away with the win. Wei-Yin Chen turned in a quality start pitching six innings, striking out five, while giving up one unearned run bringing his lowering his ERA to 5.55.
The Marlins scored two runs off of Nathan Eovaldi the first one came off of a Miguel Rojas double and J.T. Realmuto (the best catcher in baseball) hit his 11th home run of the season a solo shot in the fifth inning. Unfortunately Kyle Barraclough was unable to get his ninth save after the Rays tied tied the game thanks to C.J. Cron.
The game didn't last much longer after that as Brian Anderson scored the game winning run thanks to Yadiel Rivera’s RBI single.
The Claw earn NL reliever of the month
While Barraclough blew the eve yesterday he’s still been one of the top relievers in the MLB. He along with the Seattle Mariners Edwin Diaz were named the relievers of the month for their respective leagues.
In June, Barraclough didn't allow a single run in 12 innings of work and converted 7-of-7 save opportunities, while striking out 12 batters and allowing only one hit. The All-Star Game is looking increasingly likely for the dominant closer.
But is he still a Marlin next month?
To varying degrees, the Dodgers, Indians and Red Sox have already expressed interest in Barraclough. He’d be utilized as a setup guy in any of those landing spots.
However, the asking price will “extremely high,” MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro reports. The Marlins insist they are in no hurry to move him considering the manageable salary and club control through the 2021 season.
Let’s get J.T. to D.C.
Now that J.T. Realmuto has cracked the top five in All-Star fan voting for NL catchers, it’s time to push him over the top! Voting closes on July 5, so lets get J.T. to D.C.
Marlins sign 10 prospects on July 2
The Marlins were able to add to their farm system during on the first day of International Signing Day. The Marlins started their day off by signing outfielder Johnny Meleciano but closed the day out by adding nine more prospects.
The newest prospects follows suit with the Marlins draft young controllable arms and athletes that play up the middle.
The class includes pitchers Erick Carrasco, Breidy Encarnacion, Luis Lopez and Jorge Mercedes; and position players Raul Campos, Isaac De Leon, Ene Leon, Jhonny Melenciano, Cristhian Rodriguez and Yoelvis Sanchez.
The Marlins are waiting on top pitching prospect Sandy Gaston and for outfielder Víctor Víctor Mesa who’s awaiting to be declared a free agent by MLB.
Marlins and Rays, Part 2
The Marlins and Rays are back in action tonight as they look to win the series against the Rays. Trevor Richards (2-5, 5.06 ERA) will be on the mound for the Fish. Richards was only able to pitch four innings in his last outing, so expect him to try and go deeper tonight. The Marlins hitters will be facing Rays rookie Ryan Yarbough (7-4, 3.76 ERA).
First pitch is at 7:10pm.