Jose Ureña gave up five runs in the first, and it proved too much in the end, although it could have easily been a win had the Marlins not shifted on this play:
Marlins allowed 5 runs in the 1st, but could've been a much different story if the infield had played straight up in a double play situation. pic.twitter.com/Srkc22f8x7— Fish Stripes (@fishstripes) April 3, 2019
That’s not to say that a bad result on one play means they should no longer employ the strategy. The Athletic notes below that the Marlins have been using the shift way more often this season, and the Sun-Sentinel explains why.
NEW: Those #Marlins are shifty, and they’re moving fielders around at an absurd rate @TheAthleticMIA @TheAthleticMLB @Manny_Navarro @marlins @MiamiMarlins_UK @LosMarlins @chrisperk @ShandelRich https://t.co/K7fdjnUMvl— Andre Fernandez (@FernandezAndreC) April 3, 2019
Over the remaining innings, the Fish would crawl slowly crawl back to within one run, but Miguel Rojas would line into a game-ending double play with the winning run on first base.
More infield shifts backfire, multi-inning BullChen sighting, busy night for Lewis Brinson and 4-for-18 with RISP. Our Fightin’ Fish are entertaining, even in defeat https://t.co/lKHuGqaGqb— Fish Stripes (@fishstripes) April 3, 2019
Find your favorite minor-league Fish!
Rosters for each of the Marlins’ minor-league affiliates were announced Tuesday.
Ah, that’s better...all of the Marlins full-season affiliate rosters!!!!— Fish Stripes (@fishstripes) April 2, 2019
(Travis Neubeck recently retired and has been replaced on the Clinton roster by Nestor Bautista) pic.twitter.com/71Tb1qyZpy
Our own Daniel Martinez has the more detailed breakdown of top prospects and sleepers with each affiliate.
And if that gets you excited for the upcoming minor-league season, Earning their Stripes, Fish Stripes’ new prospect podcast drops soon.
Just wanna give a big thank you to those guys and @RealEly for putting this together. We’re really excited for you guys to hear what we just put together. Earning Their Stripes podcast dropping soon! Very glad to be apart of @fishstripes and the opportunities it’s provided.— Lawrence 2021 (@GatorBait_Ethan) April 2, 2019
Boucher Brothers joins the Marlins. Hospitality leader joins the Fish to help give the fans an even better experience at Marlins Park.
More on the Marlins’ shift. This is from The Athletic article cited above and has additional info from the people who count and measure these things!
Today: Cy Young vs. El Profe. Trevor Richards, former substitute teacher and owner of perhaps the sickest changeup in the game, takes the hill in an attempt to stop reigning NL Cy Young award winner Jacob deGrom from leading his Mets to a sweep over the Marlins. Game time: 6:10 p.m.