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Fresh Fish News, 8/18/19: Marlins to play in Puerto Rico, Alcantara still with much to prove, moving fences in?

A three-game losing streak has dropped the Marlins to a season-worst 32 games below .500.

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It has been a tough week, but we here at Fish Stripes still bring you all the latest news, analysis and highlights of the past week regarding the Miami Marlins.


Marlins’ Game Recaps

The Marlins’ ended their series against the Atlanta Braves with a loss before losing 2 out of 3 against the Los Angeles Dodgers and losing the first 2 games against the Colorado Rockies. For the week the Marlins went 1-5 and for the season are 45-77.

August 11—Braves 5, Marlins 4; Hector Noesi got the ball against the Braves and he went 6 innings allowing 5 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks with 8 strikeouts. Starlin Castro stood out with a 4 hit game with an RBI and Harold Ramirez got 2 RBIs in the game.

August 13—Dodgers 15, Marlins 1; Jordan Yamamoto took the mound going 5 innings allowing 4 runs on 4 hits with 2 walks and 2 strikeouts. The Marlins were only able to score 1 run on a Brian Anderson double.

August 14—Dodgers 9, Marlins 1; Elieser Hernandez got the start against the Dodgers allowing 6 runs on 8 hits and 1 walk on 7 strikeouts. The only run scored by the Marlins was a Curtis Granderson solo HR in the 9th inning.

August 15—Marlins 13, Dodgers 7; Caleb Smith threw 5 innings of 1-run ball allowing 1 hit with 3 walks and 4 strikeouts. Brian Anderson, Jorge Alfaro, Starlin Castro and Lewis Brinson had 3 RBIs each in a battering of the Dodgers.

August 16—Rockies 3, Marlins 0; Sandy Alcantara took the ball against the Rockies going 7 innings allowing 2 runs on 3 hits and 4 walks with 2 strikeouts. The Marlins out hit the Rockies but were shutout with Brian Anderson the only person with 2 hits.

August 17—Rockies 11, Marlins 4; Noesí struggled again going 4 13 innings allowing 6 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks with 2 strikeouts.

Garrett Cooper and Jon Berti each had a HR to score the runs for the Marlins.

2020 Marlins Schedule Released

On Monday, each of the 30 MLB teams released their regular season schedules for next season. Miami’s is especially interesting, featuring earlier start times for many home games—from 7:10 p.m. to 6:40 p.m.—and the Puerto Rico Series against the Mets in April 2020. It will be the club’s first trip to the island since 2010.

Alcantara Still Has Much to Prove

There is much to expect from Sandy Alcantara, who made the All-Star team this year for Miami, but has been struggling to be consistent and improve on what he has done. Our own Dan Smith has more about why he is seen as an important piece for the Marlins rotation.

Jeter Addresses Marlins Future

CEO Derek Jeter fielded questions on a number of topics Wednesday, including whether or not he will attempt to move the fences in at Marlins Park. It’s no secret that the Marlins offense has been inconsistent at home. The deep dimensions and atmospheric conditions make for a low-scoring environment at a time when most of Major League Baseball is trending in the opposite direction. Joe Frisaro of MLB.com has the full story here.

On another note, Don Mattingly has been the Marlins manager since 2016 and is in the final year of his four-year contract with the Marlins. Mattingly wants to remain manager past 2020 and see how the Marlins turn things around, though Jeter wouldn’t directly commit to bringing him back. The full article on that by Wells Dusenbury of the Sun Sentinel can be read here.

Eddy Alvarez’s Grueling Journey to the Majors

An Olympic medalist speedskater turned pro baseball player, Eddy Alvarez hopes to finally call himself a major leaguer once rosters expand in September. Once seemingly at the end of his athletic career, Alvarez is an unlikely star for Triple-A New Orleans this season (slashing .319/.399/.571 in 52 games). Great profile on him from Andre Fernandez of The Athletic (subscription required).

Podcast Episodes

The Fish Stripes podcast is home to Miami Marlins shows Fish Bites, Earning Their Stripes and A-Ball with Erik Oas. All new episodes are posted to FishStripes.com/podcasts. You can also find them on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Megaphone or wherever you normally get your pods.

Special guests this week include outfield prospect Kameron Misner and Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp broadcaster Roger Hoover.


As the season starts to wind down the Marlins are hoping to win some ballgames and show that they still have fight left in them for the rest of the season. Stick with Fish Stripes for all the latest news, highlights and analysis regarding your Miami Marlins!