Wei-Yin Chen ineffective on the road
Wei-Yin Chen has pitched like two different pitchers this season—his home and road splits are vastly different. At home Chen is 2-2 with a 2.18 ERA, but on the road Chen pitches to a extremely pedestrian 1-6 and 10.27 ERA. Chen started the game with a 1-2-3 inning but ran into some trouble in the second and third innings where he would give up four runs one of which was a Freddie Freeman solo home run, before his night was ended Chen would give up another home to Acuña Jr. The Braves didn’t score another run as the Marlins bullpen pitched a scoreless three innings.
The Marlins did manage to put three runs on the board courtesy of Brian Anderson and J.T. Realmuto. Anderson hit his ninth homer of the season, a two-run home run in the first inning. Realmuto’s RBI double in the fifth inning would push across the Marlins third run.
Trade talks heating up
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Earlier this morning the Marlins almost made their first trade as Jon Morosi was reporting that Ziegler and the Cubs were nearing a trade for Brad Ziegler. However, as it stands Ziegler is still on the Marlins and a couple of other teams are still in play.
Indians, Yankees and Mariners are among teams in on Cameron Maybin— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 30, 2018
Cameron Maybin may also find himself on a new team as the Yankees are seeking outfield help to mitigate the loss of Aaron Judge. Maybin’s been swinging a hot bat recently and may find himself playing meaningful baseball this late into the season. In the month of July, Maybin hit three home runs and stole five bases while slashing .309/.427/.456.
It seems unlikely that J.T. Realmuto is traded at the deadline as the Marlins asking price remains reasonably high and the trade talks between the Marlins and Nationals has stalled after it was reported that they put up Bryce Harper for trade. It appears as if the Nationals may become sellers at the deadline too.
Happy Birthday, José
Today, we celebrate José Fernández who would’ve been 26 years old today and while he meant a lot to the Marlins organization, he meant a lot more to the Cuban community in Miami who resonated with José. Today we celebrate him, his accomplishments, and fantasize about just how great he could've been.
Feliz cumpleaños, Niño.