A sloppy success
Neither the Marlins nor the Braves played particularly well in Monday’s series opener. Even the umpires struggled out there. But hey, at least it was competitive. Playing in front of their largest crowd of the 2021 season (announced attendance: 11,830), the Fish completed their most improbable comeback so far, scoring four unanswered runs to win 5-3 in 10 innings.
James Rowson took over as acting manager for an ejected Don Mattingly in the top of the eighth and pushed all the right buttons. Yimi García threw the two fastest pitches of his major league career, according to Statcast. Jazz Chisholm Jr. boosted his OPS to .888, the highest mark on the Marlins roster. It was a satisfying “revenge game” for Adam Duvall who went 1-for-3 with a home run plus two walks and initiated a double play in the bottom of the seventh that kept the game from getting out of hand.
Same start time for Tuesday’s contest (7:20 p.m. ET). Pablo López and Max Fried are the probable starting pitchers.
- Join us in wishing a happy 23rd birthday to Marlins prospect Edward Cabrera. Good news about the right-hander was shared with the media on Monday as he has progressed to throwing from 75 feet in his rehab from biceps nerve inflammation.
- FiveThirtyEight gives the Marlins a 39% chance to win their next game against the Braves.
- Kim Ng has company: MLS team D.C. United has hired Lucy Rushton as general manager. There are now two women with lead front office roles for major U.S. professional sports teams.
- Trevor Rogers soared up 17 spots in the updated Pitcher List starting pitcher rankings, but he also graduated from prospect eligibility. MLB Pipeline moved Jorge Guzman into the vacant spot on their Marlins Top 30 list.
- Miguel Rojas is one of only 22 qualified MLB hitters this season who have drawn more walks than strikeouts.
- In J.T. Realmuto trade negotiations, the Reds offered then-prospect Jonathan India and catcher Tucker Barnhart to the Fish (which had been previously reported). According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, Miami also insisted on coveted pitching prospect Hunter Greene. That proved to be the dealbreaker and Realmuto ultimately went to Philly.
- About 70% of baseball fans consider the game-deciding umpiring mistake from Thursday’s Marlins-Mets game to be more egregious than the one from Sunday’s Phillies-Braves game, according to a poll by David Laurila of FanGraphs.
- Justin Choi, also of FanGraphs, explains what made Jazz Chisholm Jr.’s home run vs. Jacob deGrom so unique.
- Longtime South Florida sports reporter Andre Fernandez has begun contributing to Man On Second Baseball.
- The Marlins have partnered with Therabody to “enhance player wellness and recovery” before/during/after games and workouts. The Braves and Dodgers also agreed to multi-year sponsorships with them.
- Down on the farm, congrats to Matt Present who has joined the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp as a broadcaster and media relations assistant. The Triple-A club just released its promotional giveaway schedule for 2021. Double-A Pensacola will take the field in “Mullets” uniforms every Thursday this season and High-A Beloit got approval from MLB to welcome fans to the ballpark (it’s the Snappers’ final season before opening a new facility).
- Fish Army asked for your controversial Marlins opinions. Let’s highlight a few of them...
Max Meyer is the #1 starter of the future— Spencer Morris (@ProspectSpencer) April 12, 2021
Jon Berti should be the everyday lead off man— Joe Harari (@joeyhar5255) April 13, 2021
Now that Dave Samson isn’t the president of the Marlins I like him and his podcast— Jazz Chisholm Fan Account (@JazzChisholmFan) April 12, 2021