Back-to-back bad outings for Alcántara
The Washington Nationals have Sandy Alcantara’s number. In his last two starts against them, Sandy has given up nine runs over eight innings. He again struggled with command on Monday night, issuing five walks and allowing six runs over four innings.
The Marlins‘ top pitching prospect has had moments of dominance, but its been accompanied by growing pains like his start yesterday.
Stephen Strasburg also seemed bothered by the inclement weather, uncharacteristically walking four batters. Although the Marlins were able to add a couple of more runs throughout the game, it would not be enough as the Marlins lost 7-3.
Record low attendance
As was to be expected, the Marlins were last in home attendance in 2018. It was historically bad. Under the watch of Derek Jeter and Bruce Sherman, the Marlins drew their lowest number of fans in franchise history (811,104). It makes them the first team since the 2004 Montreal Expos to fall shortly of one million—the Expos drew 749,550 in their last year before moving to Washington D.C.
Context is important, though:
Final #Marlins home attendance, 811,104. So attendance for 2018 remained almost the same as in 2017. Last year, it was reported actual attendance was around 800,000 without giving an exact figure.— Joe Frisaro (@JoeFrisaro) September 23, 2018
While some fans have bought into the new process and the culture, there’s clearly still a distrust and lack of enthusiasm among the locals. Many will not show up until the team starts winning.
Remembering José Fernández
Energetic. Magnetic. Passionate. Otherworldly.— Fish Stripes (@fishstripes) September 25, 2018
Watching José Fernández in person for the first time was a special experience for this young baseball player. On the anniversary of José's death, we celebrate what made him a Marlins legend https://t.co/idu7ieQSSm
Today marks the two-year anniversary of José Fernández’s tragic death. His death shook the baseball and Cuban community to the core. José distinguished himself as a gifted pitcher and electric personality, writes our own Colby Olson.
Swings and Mishes of the Five Reasons Sports Network released a new podcast episode featuring Scott Boras. José’s former agent gives Craig Mish an exclusive insight into how he handled the tragic news and predicted how far José could've gone in his career.
Miami Marlins fans, baseball fans, and the rest of South Florida mourn this loss. Here’s some additional José Fernández social media reaction:
Always in our hearts. May you continue to rest in peace, Jose. pic.twitter.com/8a0NP3co5c— Glenn Geffner (@GlennGeffner) September 25, 2018
RIP @JDFernandez16 . Tragedy struck exactly 2 years ago. Shocking. Still is. Not sure I ever enjoyed covering anyone more than him. I feel for the families of Eddy Rivero and Emilio Macias today as well. They must never be forgotten. I’m glad I knew Jose. Miss ya 16. pic.twitter.com/rO7rrmHoMe— Craig Minervini (@CraigMinervini) September 25, 2018
Jose Fernandez, Gamer/Loving to Play.— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) September 25, 2018
[Discussing how getting hit in the hand wouldn't keep him from playing and changing jerseys so he didn't look "tired" during his start.] pic.twitter.com/KiMWEfUFnr
September 25, 2016.— Zack Raab (@ZackRaab) September 25, 2018
A date that will remain engrained in my head forever.
Live every day with a smile.
Live every day with enthusiasm.
Live every day with an infectious joy.
Live every day like it's #JoseDay. pic.twitter.com/bn2bcO8SnY
The Marlins are aiming to bounce back
Jeff Brigham will be on the mound for the Marlins tonight as they continue their series with the Nationals. Brigham, who its coming off his best start as a major leauger, is still searching for his first win. In his last outing, he struck out six batters over his career-high five innings.
The Marlins will be facing Max Scherzer, who’s contending for his third straight NL Cy Young Award.
First pitch is set for 7:05p.m.