Another week of baseball means another week of all your Miami Marlins news, stories and analysis rounded up here by Fish Stripes.
Marlins Game Recaps
The Marlins played six games this week, playing a series finale with the Washington Nationals, a two-game set with the Cleveland Indians and three against the Philadelphia Phillies. For the week, the Marlins went 2-4 and are now 8-19 for the season.
April 21—Nationals 5, Marlins 0: The Marlins were shutout again in this game only getting three hits total with Trevor Richards going six-plus innings allowing three runs to score on six hits and two walks but with seven strikeouts.
April 23—Marlins 3, Indians 1: The Marlins had a stellar start from Pablo López who went 6+ innings allowing one run (unearned) on two hits and two walks with six strikeouts. Miami got three runs on nine hits with a big HR from Jorge Alfaro with Curtis Granderson and Martin Prado also getting an RBI.
April 24—Indians 6, Marlins 2: Sandy Alcantara got the ball for the Marlins in this game going five innings allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits and two strikeouts. Jon Berti got an RBI on a sac fly and Martin Prado tied the game with a solo HR in the eighth inning but Adam Conley allowed three runs which gave the Indians the lead.
April 25—Marlins 3, Phillies 1: Caleb Smith made the start in this game going six innings allowing one run and three hits with eight strikeouts. Neil Walker got three hits with two doubles and Alfaro got two hits as well. The big hit came from Starlin Castro who, as well as having two hits, hit the extra-inning two-run HR to give the Marlins the lead and the win.
April 26—Phillies 3, Marlins 0: José Ureña was looking to continue a string of good starts and he kept it up going seven innings allowing four hits, three walks and two earned runs with four strikeouts. The Marlins offense was only able to muster five hits total against the Phillies pitchers, with Jorge Alfaro again having a multi-hit game.
April 27—Phillies 12, Marlins 9: A rough start for Trevor Richards and Jarlin García allowing five runs to score in one inning spelled doom for the Marlins early. After being down 10-1 in the fifth inning Miami exploded for four runs in the sixth, two in the seventh and two in the eighth, but ultimately fell short.
Say this about the #Marlins and it's a credit to Don Mattingly and his staff, they keep battling, no matter what. Very hard to do with inexperienced players who haven't had much go their way this year.— Joe Frisaro (@JoeFrisaro) April 28, 2019
Curtis Granderson got three hits with 2 RBI while Jorge Alfaro hit a solo HR and had 2 RBIs as well.
Ranking the 2019 Rotation
The 2019 Miami Marlins’ rotation has shown great promise early on in the season and has had many wondering if these pitchers will continue to be this good throughout the whole season. Fish Stripes’ own Daniel Martinez takes a look to see if this 2019 group can be considered one of the best starting rotation in Marlins history.
Where does the #BabyFacedAces early start rank in Marlins history?— Danny (@all_right_Miami) April 26, 2019
One imperative advanced stat says Top 5, and it’s not even remotely close.
Only question now: can they sustain it? https://t.co/WFnZPBng33
The full article can be read here.
New Podcast Episodes
Marlins radio broadcaster Kyle Sielaff has an insightful conversation with new assistant hitting coach Eric Duncan. The former first-round draft pick explains how he coped with a disappointing playing career, his relationship with Marlins executive Gary Denbo, his hitting “philosophy” and more.
Meanwhile, the Fish Stripes podcast continues to bring information to the fans about all levels of the Marlins organization. This week, new episodes of Earning Their Stripes and Fish Bites came out, as well as A-Ball with Erik Oas in which he interviewed Marlins catching prospect Will Banfield. The podcasts can be heard here.
EARNING THEIR STRIPES EPISODE 4— Fish Stripes (@fishstripes) April 23, 2019
Pitcher/Hitter of the week, Things We Love To See and prospects thriving under the radar. Plus a detailed conversation about who could be the Marlins first baseman of the future.
Listen here or wherever you get your pods https://t.co/4YVbRp0l2I
José Quijada Called Up, Makes Debut
Marlins prospect José Quijada was recalled from Triple-A on Tuesday while Jarlin Garcia went on the paternity list.
Quijada made his major league debut the next day, striking out two Indian hitters in relief.
MLB debut: ✅— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) April 24, 2019
1st (and 2nd) career strikeout: ✅
A leg-swing follow-through that's also our new favorite baseball thing to watch: ✅
Congrats, Jose Quijada! pic.twitter.com/IObdaUCped
Keep in mind, our Marlins Clubhouse article constantly monitors who’s on the active roster and how they’re performing.
Marlins Mound Visit
This story by The Athletic’s Andre Fernandez (subscription required) highlights the incredible pitching depth that the Marlin’s organization has in the minor leagues and how for the first time in years it feels as if the Marlins have the right amount of great pitching in their system that can make an impact soon.
A Marlins mound visit: Multiple top prospects providing pitching depth unprecedented for franchise— The Athletic (@TheAthleticMIA) April 23, 2019
Aside from Sixto Sanchez, the Marlins have a rotation in Jupiter that includes five Ps who could reach the majors by 2021.@FernandezAndreC has the story: https://t.co/wZGz3TUIH0 pic.twitter.com/omZoQJjtt6
MLB Draft Profile Series
Our MLB draft profile series continues this week with Fish Stripes’ own Hector Rodriguez writing about another elite prospect for the Marlins to consider at No. 4 overall. That potential draft pick, Bobby Witt Jr., is a stand-out shortstop that still has a lot of time to grow and has been scouted as a potential five-tool player. The full draft profile can be read here.
Marlins have their best draft position since 2014, so you bet we're gonna take a close look at their options. Does SS Bobby Witt Jr. fall to No. 4? https://t.co/klJsE8eK7f— Fish Stripes (@fishstripes) April 22, 2019
Fish Picks March/April Finalists
More than 130 of you have participated in the first month of our new Marlins prop bet contest. These fans are still mathematically alive to win Fish Stripes merchandise prizes for March/April (going to the total points leader). Click for the full leaderboard.
There will be five props for Sunday’s game, a special minor league edition on Monday with five props, then a 10-prop extravaganza on Tuesday to wrap up the month. You can participate in the Fish Stripes game coverage section or at our Twitter account (@fishstripes).
With many questions about their lack of offense and whether their rotation will continue to be this good, one question you won’t have is where to look for all your Miami Marlins news and analysis. That would be right here on Fish Stripes!