The Marlins kept up their hot play this spring, beating the reigning world champs 3-2 on Tuesday. Caleb Smith gave up two earned runs in four innings, striking out four and walking just one in the process. A Juan Soto homer in Smith’s final inning of work accounted for all of the damage.
Caleb Smith was good, except for that Soto dinger— Fish Stripes (@fishstripes) March 10, 2020
4.0 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR on 65 pitches
On offense, Brian Anderson doubled home the Marlins’ first run in the third, and Lewis Brinson added a sacrifice fly in the same frame. Harold Ramírez drove home the game-winner in the eighth with a single that scored Monte Harrison. Pat Venditte would earn the win in relief; Yimi García nailed down the ninth for the save. The Fish are now 11-5 in the preseason.
We’re still rolling out player previews, and recent addition to the squad, Jonathan Villar, should pique your interest. And previews are great, but video highlights add to the fun. Another new Marlin, Jesús Aguilar was the latest subject of our YouTube channel.
With his exciting offensive skill set and defensive versatility, Jonathan Villar will help the Marlins win more baseball games.— Fish Stripes (@fishstripes) March 10, 2020
The veteran switch-hitter, and potentially the team's MVP in 2020, is next up in the season preview series: https://t.co/A3MPDC9xDM pic.twitter.com/y1YWAir1Vx
Our sister site, The Good Phight, examined the value each team has generated via international free agent signings, and here is their piece on the Marlins. The team ranks ninth over the last 30 years, but seventh if you start in 1992, its first year of signing IFAs.
The latest Fish Bites is out:
New Fish Bites— Fish Stripes (@fishstripes) March 9, 2020
Great guest appearance from @MarkASimonSays! Talking Brian Anderson's breakout year defensively, the big increase in shifting and The Fielding Bible, Volume V.
FULL EPISODE: https://t.co/i1qWGk3jHO pic.twitter.com/SrB3qpvHIC
If you don’t understand the importance of defense in baseball, you will after this one! Ely talks with Mark Simon of Sports Info Solutions.
Fish food for thought
The future is bright.
For Harold Ramirez, he of the game-winner Tuesday, the future should be now.
Harold led all Marlins hitters (all of them) in Win Probability Added last season. He was clutch and he made people happy and he showed more extra-base power as the year went on and he got in better shape this winter. Do the right thing, Donnie! https://t.co/dmybjiEpUa— Fish Stripes (@fishstripes) March 9, 2020