Ely Sussman covers both the bright spots and fundamental mistakes from Thursday’s loss (2:30), the possible corresponding moves we may see in response to Miguel Rojas’ finger injury (16:15) and the statistics that point to this being the most effective single-season pitching staff in Marlins history (39:15).
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During his postgame media availability, Don Mattingly said that Starling Marte is traveling with the Marlins for the upcoming Red Sox series. The veteran center fielder has missed nearly six weeks with a fractured rib. Marte was performing at an All-Star level through 16 games—.310/.414/.483, 154 wRC+, 1.0 fWAR—and clearly represents an upgrade over Magneuris Sierra and Adam Duvall. Keep in mind, though, his minor league rehab assignment was rushed. Do not be surprised if it takes a while for him to regain his rhythm at the plate.
After 10 years and more than 900 games of professional baseball, utility infielder Luis Marte (no relation to Starling) is receiving his call to The Show. As was originally hinted by Mattingly and subsequently reported by Craig Mish, Rojas’ finger injury requires a stint on the injured list. Marte, who’s slashing .278/.293/.481 through 58 plate appearances with Triple-A Jacksonville, has the defensive versatility to contribute in many ways.
On the bright side, Garrett Cooper dispelled any concerns about his oblique tightness by smacking the game-tying hit on Thursday and playing an inning in right field. Jazz Chisholm Jr. remains sidelined, but there is a chance that he may avoid the IL too if the soreness stemming from his right ankle sprain subsides this weekend.
Use whatever stat you’d like: this 2021 Marlins pitching staff stacks up well against the best in franchise history. They have the talent, depth and variety of “looks” to help Miami stay competitive despite iffy run production.
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