The Marlins lost on a Kris Bryant walk-off home run in the ninth inning Tuesday evening in Chicago, but let’s not lose sight of the small victories. Caleb Smith struck out a career-high 11 batters over 6.2 innings and allowed just two runs.
The Marlins won’t get swept in Wrigley...but they ain’t pulling off a miracle sweep, either https://t.co/IasWcI6jEx— Fish Stripes (@fishstripes) May 8, 2019
As Smith’s ascension continues, Fish Stripes would like you to know he’s in elite company. Scroll down in that last thread a bit and see we’re also bringing you some very appropriate merchandise, although last night’s performance may require some edits.
"I just went out there and battled."— FOX Sports Florida (@FOXSportsFL) May 8, 2019
-@CalebASmith1 (112 pitches) discusses playing in the cold and his career high 11 strikeouts after the @Marlins' walk-off loss to the Cubs.#JuntosMiami #MLB pic.twitter.com/0IcEHAVzGf
Smith isn’t the only Marlins pitcher in the midst of a breakout, Pablo López is also showing signs. If you look under the hood at his ERA estimators (2.80 FIP, 3.68 xFIP, 3.64 SIERA) as well as his strikeout-minus-walk percentage (19.2 K-BB%), I would argue that breakout has already begun, and good luck just hasn’t caught up to him yet.
Fox Sports sale
Fox Sports Sun has new owners, Wells Dusenbury of the Sun-Sentinel examines whether that transition will affect the ongoing TV rights negotiations between the team and the network. Fangraphs looked at the sale from a national perspective, and the news isn’t good for baseball fans.
Unfortunately, the Marlins still aren’t hitting:
The Marlins have more losses (25) than home runs (24).— Fish Stripes (@fishstripes) May 8, 2019
Accordingly, we have your latest updates on the race for the no. 1 pick in 2020’s amateur draft.
A new Fish in the ranks: Monte Harrison enters MLB Pipeline’s top-100 prospects.
Our Earning their Stripes podcast’s sixth episode is out for more on the farm.
Honorary bat doctor: Dr. Reshma Mahtani has dedicated her career to fighting breast cancer in the Miami area and has been named Honorary Bat-Girl for the May 14 game vs. the Rays where she will be recognized and throw out the first pitch.
José Ureña (1-5, 5.45 ERA) toes the rubber against the Cubs’ Kyle Hendricks (1-4, 3.93 ERA) tonight at 8:05 p.m. EST.