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Marlins links, 8/13/18: Mets take rubber match, new Marlin Chris Bostick, doubleheader notes

Here are Monday’s links to get your week started.

MLB: New York Mets at Miami Marlins Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Series loss pushes Fish further into last place

It was a tough day yesterday for the Marlins as they lost 4-3 for the 10th time over their last 12 games.

With home ace Wei-Yin Chen on the mound, the Marlins were supposed to have a fighting chance. But a costly Derek Dietrich error in the second inning led to two unearned runs for the Mets. Jose Reyes blasted a two-run home run against Chen while Miami couldn’t muster any extra-base hits of their own.

The Marlins did have some bright spots courtesy of Rafael Ortega, Bryan Holaday and Elieser Hernandez. Ortega went 2-for-5 and stole two bases, Holaday had two RBI singles and Hernandez pitched three scoreless innings.

Marlins add some depth

MLB: Spring Training-Pittsburgh Pirates at New York Yankees Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports

The Marlins acquired IF/OF Chris Bostick from the Pirates for cash considerations. Bostick has little major league experience but has had an average slash line throughout his brief career .276/.382/.345. Bostick will be placed on the 40-man roster and will join AAA New Orleans.

Ely explains why this might hint at another (bigger) trade.

Will Banfield is on fire

Marlins top catching prospect and 2018 draft pick Will Banfield is on tear as of late. After an aggressive promotion to Low-A Greensboro, he hit three home runs last week alone.

Banfield was known for his defense coming out of high school, but if his bat proves to be this productive on a consistent basis, you’re looking at somebody who could be accelerated through the minor league ranks.

Scout’s take on higher level players

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald got a “respected big-league scout” to weigh in on a variety of Marlins, ranging from veterans to exciting prospects like Monte Harrison and Isan Diaz.

Gonzalez rejoins the Marlins

MLB: Miami Marlins at Los Angeles Dodgers Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Merandy Gonzalez will rejoin the Marlins after a successful stint in the minors.

Gonzalez was with the Marlins between April and June, during which he pitched to a record of 2-0 with a 5.71 ERA. He only made relief appearances then, but Gonzalez was called up as a starter this time around. Over his last three starts Gonzalez has allowed three runs over 21 innings.

Doubleheader action

MLB: St. Louis Cardinals at Miami Marlins Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Three rookies will be pitching during today’s doubleheader against the Atlanta Braves.

Pablo López will toe the rubber for the Marlins in the afternoon contest. He's turned in back-to-back quality starts for the Marlins allowing only three runs over 13 innings to go along with 10 strikeouts. He’ll be matched up against the Atlanta Braves rookie Touki Toussaint, Toussaint will be making his MLB debut today against the Fish.

Merandy Gonzalez handles the back half of the double header against All-Star Mike Foltynewicz.

Game 1 kicks off at 1:35p.m. and Game 2 at 7:35p.m. Participate in our live coverage.