Starling Marte wasted no time endearing himself to his new teammates Tuesday night, blasting a game-winning solo homer in the bottom of the eighth, breaking a 2-2 tie and perhaps more importantly, an eight-game home losing streak. The Marlins acquired him from the Diamondbacks before the trade deadline Tuesday for Caleb Smith, Humberto Mejia and a player to be named later. Juan Páez gives you five reasons to be excited about the acquisition. For my part, I’m excited to see the Marlins still asking, “Why not us?” and still trying to make the playoffs. Plus, the affordable 2021 option on a player of his caliber means he can help next year, too.
And speaking of contending this year and next, the Fish called up shortstop Jazz Chisholm, their no. 4 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, prior to the game. He made his MLB debut as a defensive replacement in the top of the eighth after Miguel Rojas exited the win due to abdominal soreness. If Rojas doesn’t need more time off, Chisholm is also an option at second base.
The Marlins are undefeated in the Starling Marte/Jazz Chisholm era https://t.co/sp6L42DQc6— Fish Stripes (@fishstripes) September 2, 2020
- Unfortunately, Tuesday’s starter, Elieser Hernandez had to be removed from the game after two innings due to a sore right lat, is headed for an MRI, and will likely miss his next turn in the rotation. Josh A. Smith replaced him and pitched four solid innings of one-run ball. Brandon Kintzler racked up his eighth save. A Jon Berti homer in the third and a Garrett Cooper double in the sixth accounted for Miami’s other runs.
- The Marte deal wasn’t the only one the Marlins made prior to Tuesday’s trade deadline, as the team also parted with Jonathan Villar, sending him to Toronto for Griffin Conine, son of Mr. Marlin himself, Jeff Conine. Our Spencer Morris says Conine always belonged in Miami. Mr. Marlin Jr. also has big-time power. In perhaps a related move with Villar gone, Isan Díaz has also opted back into the season and rejoin the active roster soon.