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Our Noticias, 5/19/19: Marlins seek sweep, prospects waiting their turn, Caleb Smith interviews

The Marlins started to turn things around at the end of the week and are hoping to carry that momentum moving forward.

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Here are the biggest stories regarding your Miami Marlins from this week!

Marlins Game Recaps

The Marlins were able to snap a seven-game losing streak to start the weekend which they desperately needed after losing a quick two-game series to the Tampa Bay Rays, they kept the winning ways going by winning two against the New York Mets. For the week they went 2-2 and overall for the season are now 12-31.

May 14—Rays 4, Marlins 0; Ace Caleb Smith was sent to the mound. He contributed 5 13 innings with four hits and two runs allowed but with eight strikeouts. The Marlins offense was shutout and Neil Walker was the only Marlin with two hits.

May 15—Rays 1, Marlins 0; José Ureña got the start against the Rays and went six innings allowing one run on six hits and a walk but with two strikeouts. The Marlins offense again could not get anything going even with seven hits going scoreless and moving their losing streak to seven games.

May 17—Marlins 8, Mets 6; Trevor Richards got the ball against the Mets going 6 13 innings allowing three runs on six hits and three walks but with four strikeouts. The Marlins offense got going this game, scoring eight runs on 10 hits with Garrett Cooper, Brian Anderson, Starlin Castro, Miguel Rojas and Jorge Alfaro each getting at least an RBI.

May 18—Marlins 2, Mets 0; Pablo Lopez rebounded from a bad start against the Mets last week shutting down the offense and only allowing one hit and two walks in seven innings. The Marlins only got five hits but a HR by Jon Berti and an RBI by Brian Anderson was all that was needed for the win.

Latest Injury Report

Ely Sussman covered MLB and MiLB health updates on Thursday. Most notably, reliever Drew Steckenrider was advised not to have elbow surgery after getting a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews. Still, he’s on the 60-day injured list with a right flexor strain and won’t make it back to the majors until after the All-Star break (at the very earliest).

Here is what happened since then:

  • Miguel Rojas (back spasms) returned to the lineup as usual this weekend after a scare during Wednesday’s game.
  • Jorge Alfaro (left calf strain) will get a couple days of rest with what the Marlins called a “mild” injury.
  • Rule 5 Draft pick Riley Ferrell (biceps tendinitis) began a minor league rehab assignment and is due to make his Marlins debut sometime in June.

When Will We See the Prospects?

Fish Stripes’ own Daniel Martinez gives us a look at Miami’s farm system in this month’s edition of “Who is next?” He breaks down hot prospects into several tiers, including those who will make a major league impact in 2019 and others at lower levels who have been trending in the right direction.’s Joe Frisaro focuses specifically on dominant right-hander Zac Gallen and the reasons why he hasn’t been promoted yet.

Q&A with D-Train

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Andre Fernandez of The Athletic conducted a fascinating interview with former Marlins World Series champion and fan favorite Dontrelle Willis (subscription required). D-Train reflects on different stages of his playing career and the current state of the franchise. Still in his 30’s, he’s trying to sort out what the next chapter of his life will look like.

Highly recommended reading!

New Fish Stripes Podcast Episodes

Our pod hosts interviewed talented 21-year-old prospects LHP Trevor Rogers (Earning Their Stripes) and 1B Sean Reynolds (A-Ball with Erik Oas). The new episode of Fish Bites covers several big-picture topics, including possibilities for the next Marlins manager. All the podcasts can be heard here.

Caleb Smith as Comeback Kid, Proud Father

Marlins ace and 2019 All-Star candidate Caleb Smith let the Momentum camera crew inside his morning routine. He explains the good habits that have allowed him to come back better than ever from a 2018 lat injury. Looks like his son is already a big baseball fan!

KKKKKKKaleb offered more insight about his journey through the professional ranks in an interview with Five Reasons Sports.

With the Marlins snapping their losing streak, here is hoping this is the start of some consistent winning. Regardless, stick with Fish Stripes for all your Marlins news, stories and analysis.