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Our Noticias, 5/26/19: Winning streak snapped, top draft prospects, Guerrero as closer candidate?

Nice while it lasted, but how does the recent Marlins winning streak affect expectations for the team moving forward?

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The Miami Marlins were able to put together a six-game win streak this past week, their longest in several years. We have more on that and the news, stories and analysis regarding your Marlins.

Marlins Game Recaps

The Marlins played great this week sweeping the New York Mets in the series finale, then sweeping the Detroit Tigers in three games to extend their winning streak before dropping the first two games against the Washington Nationals. For the week, they went 4-2, and for the season, they are 16-33 overall.

March 19—Marlins 3, Mets 0; Sandy Alcantara got the start against the Mets and dominated throwing a complete game shutout. Alcantara allowed two hits and one walk with eight strikeouts. The Marlins scored three runs on six hits with Curtis Granderson hitting a solo HR and Neil Walker getting two hits.

March 21—Marlins 5, Tigers 4; Caleb Smith took the mound against the Tigers only going five innings but allowing two runs on three hits with seven strikeouts. Miami got 10 hits off the Tigers scoring two with Brian Anderson having two hits and a HR, Harold Ramirez hitting his first major league HR and Chad Wallach getting two hits and 2 RBIs.

March 22—Marlins 6, Tigers 3; José Ureña looked to keep the winning ways going and he did so by throwing six innings and getting the win. Ureña allowed seven hits and two walks but only allowed three runs (two earned) with five strikeouts. The Marlins offense again showed up getting 11 hits and scoring six runs. Garrett Cooper hit his first career HR to go along with 2 RBIs from Neil Walker, three hits and an RBI for Miguel Rojas and Brian Anderson hitting a two-run HR in the eighth to pad the lead.

March 23—Marlins 5, Tigers 2; Trevor Richards threw 5 23 innings of one-run ball against the Tigers allowing one run on eight hits and a walk but with six strikeouts. The Miami offense was dormant until a Neil Walker RBI single made it close in the ninth and a Garrett Cooper grand slam sealed the win for the Marlins.

March 24—Nationals 12, Marlins 10; Pablo Lopez was looking to continue from his last dominant start but was only able to get through 3+ innings allowing four runs on seven hits and one walk with one strikeout. The Marlins offense would not let up against the Nationals, getting 15 hits and scoring 10 runs with HRs from Brian Anderson, Curtis Granderson and Jorge Alfaro.

However, the Nats were able to come back and beat the Marlins, snapping their six-game winning streak.

March 25—Nationals 5, Marlins 0; Sandy Alcantara got the ball against the Nationals and it looked like he was going to keep his shutout ways going until a rough five-run fourth inning cost him. Alcantara pitched five innings allowing five runs (four earned) on six hits with two walks and two strikeouts. The Marlins only got four hits with Harold Ramirez getting two of them.

Roster Updates/Injuries

C Chad Wallach was placed on the injured list with a concussion and C Bryan Holaday was recalled from Triple-A. To make room on the 40-man roster, OF Isaac Galloway was designated for assignment. Earlier in the week, INF/OF Jon Berti was placed on the 10-day IL with a strained oblique and OF Austin Dean was recalled.

Right-hander Riley Ferrell has now made four minor league rehab appearances, most recently on Saturday night in Triple-A. Marlins must fit the Rule 5 draft pick on their 40-man and 25-man active rosters in the near future.

Can Guerrero Be Counted On in the Ninth?

Aside from a catastrophic outing on Friday, Tayron Guerrero has generally succeeded in high-leverage situations this season. Is he consistent enough to be trusted with save opportunities?

Joe Frisaro of examines that in this article.

Impact Bats Available in MLB Draft

Vanderbilt’s JJ Bleday is among the leading candidates for the Marlins to select at No. 4 overall in June 3.
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Andre Fernandez of The Athletic took a look at the top choices that the Marlins have with the No. 4 pick in the upcoming MLB Draft. With the organization’s pitching in strong shape, they are targeting impact bats in the draft. The full story can be read here (subscription required).

Though it’s a full year away, our own Luis Davila is already hyped about Arizona State’s Spencer Torkelson, the presumptive No. 1 pick in 2020. Nice consolation for the Marlins if their overall struggles this season continue.

High Hopes for International Amateur Free Agency

The Marlins are looking to make a splash on the international market when the 2019-20 signing period opens on July 2. Three highly regarded Latin American prospects have already been linked to them. The full story by Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald can be read here.

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With the Marlins’ winning streak over, here is to hoping they start a new winning streak soon! Until then, stick with Fish Stripes for all your Marlins news, stories and analysis.