Miami Marlins Minute 5/21

The Arizona Diamondbacks brushed aside the remnants of the Miami Marlins’ season Thursday afternoon in Miami, sweeping the Fish in four games 7-6.

  • Dan Jennings now sits in sole possession of worst start by a manager in franchise history.
  • Ichiro was out of the lineup for a second consecutive day; he’s missed two games all year.
  • Miami’s 12 hits today were four six shy of their total for the previous four games.
  • Steve Cishek was brought in with two men on in the 6th- both runners scored.
  • After that, he pitched a scoreless 7th.
  • Course after that, Miami went hitless in their final three frames.
  • Dee Gordon went hitless again, dropping to .386 in average; still leads the league.
  • Giancarlo Stanton maintained his MLB RBI title, leading Bryce Harper by one.
  • Mat Latos set a season high with seven strikeouts; he also finished one short of his high for hits allowed (7/8).

Miami Marlins Minute 5/21

So far, so bad for the Miami Marlins as they…well as they continue to look like a ship without a captain.  The Marlins lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks Wednesday night by the score of 6-1.

  • The Diamondbacks had six stolen bases in the contest.
  • Dee Gordon Watch: 0 for 3, dropped below .400
  • Adeiny Hechavarria dropped below .300.
  • Ichiro didn’t appear in a game for the first time this season.
  • Miami’s four hits marked their third lowest mark on the season.
  • RP Carter Capps pitched a scoreless sixth, but gave up a run when left in for the seventh.
  • With last night’s error, Miami fell into a third place tie with Arizona for baseball’s top defense.
  • Once again, Giancarlo Stanton and Paul Goldschmidt combined for a single hit.
  • If Dan Jennings loses Thursday, it will be the worst start by a new manager in franchise history.*

* He’s currently tied with Mike Redmond at three losses.

Miami Marlins Minute 5/20

More of the same- minus the extra frames- Monday night in Miami, as the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Miami Marlins 4-2.

  • Dee Gordon Watch: 1 for 4, still batting over .400 at .403.
  • Basically, Dee Gordon hits the ball more often than the Marlins win a game (.400)
  • The Goldschmidt-Stanton power show produced just one combined hit again.
  • Course that hit was a towering Giancarlo Stanton two-run homer, his 12th of the year.
  • Tom Koehler, starting for an injured Jarred Cosart, pitched nearly 7 scoreless innings.
  • Unfortunately a Dee Gordon error allowed two to score in the fourth.
  • The Marlins are 0 for 3 in stolen base attempts during the series.
  • The Marlins are now officially last in the NL East.
  • Michael Morse got the start at first, going 1 for 4; however he also struck out with two on to end the game.

Miami Marlins Minute 5/18

Was on location to watch the start of the Dan Jennings era, never paying more attention to a manager during a ballgame than I did Monday night. Perched in a prime seat behind home plate- the discounted availability of which on the secondary market speaking volumes of the current level of esteem for the floundering Fish- I spent much of Monday’s pitching duel either watching Jennings, or watching Jeffrey Loria and David Samson watching Jennings.  In any case, the Marlins lost their fourth game in a row, dropping the extra-innings contest against the Arizona Diamondbacks by a score of 3-2.

  • Ichiro Watch: With a 2 for 4 night, the future HoFer is now tied with Babe Ruth at 2,873 hits.
  • J.T. Realmuto hit the first home run of both the season and his MLB career.
  • Dee Gordon went 0 for 5, dropping to .406 for the season.
  • Justin Bour started first and batted cleanup in place of Michael Morse, going 1 for 5.
  • Which is exactly the same line star slugger Paul Goldschmidt put up.
  • Which is one better than the line star slugger Giancarlo Stanton posted.
  • Two players between both teams- Suzuki and Yasmany Tomas- had more than one hit.
  • Dan Haren allowed one less hit in one less inning than Ruby De La Rosa in another QS.
  • Two new coaches later, the Marlins losing pitcher was Steve Cishek.

Three Strikes: Miami Marlins vs Arizona Diamondbacks

Hard to inspire optimism right now for the Fighting Fish, as firing Mike Redmond could well be a decision that does more harm than good.  On the bright side, despite failing to win four consecutive series- this was the first time in four tries they actually played truly terribly as a team since the infamous four game sweeping by the New York Mets.  Who comes out in this matchup of mashers- the Fish or the D’Backs?  Let’s dive in.

Why Miami Wins The Series

  • Strike 1- Pitching.  The Marlins starting rotation has been significantly better than Arizona’s this season, and turns out arguably their three most reliable starters to lead off this four game set. Pitching has been Arizona’s Achilles heel all year long, with two starters sporting ERAs over 5, and a middling bullpen to match.
  • Strike 2- The move actually works.  You might have heard about Mike Redmond getting fired.  In fact, if you are a devoted and regular reader, you’ve likely seen that very fact predicted by yours truly.  It’s possible that the loss of Redmond does genuinely light a fire underneath a team that has failed to consistently click simultaneously all year.  We’ll call this the “more to play for” card.
  • Strike 3- Stanton.  Despite a quiet Sunday, Stanton is certainly showing signs of shaking off some of his slumber at the plate; it’s a testament to his immense talent that his numbers can be viewed even remotely critically.  Facing another prodigious power hitter just might bring out his best.

Why Arizona Wins The Series

  • Strike 1- Offense.  D’Backs are a top ten offensive team, and top three in the NL.  Power hitter Paul Goldschmidt has been hitting for average as well as power this year.  The Marlins have significantly slid in the ranks, and have multiple sluggers struggling.
  • Strike 2- Defense.  After watching two horribly played defensive games in the first two days of the recent Braves series, Miami has seen their defensive lead over the rest of the pack narrow considerably.  Baseball’s third best defense? It’s Arizona- and they trail the Fish by only one error.
  • Strike 3- Blood in the water.  Between seeing Miami fire their manager, and just having been swept by the Philadelphia Phillies…Arizona will likely have some added motivation this week.

Miami Marlins Minute 5/17

Torn between actual feelings about Mike Redmond being fired, and the fact that I actually predicted this- both on this site, and at . But before we can dive into that, we have to breakdown the final chapter in the Atlanta Braves second sweep of the Miami Marlins: a 6-0 loss Sunday afternoon in Miami.

  • Miami had no errors in a game for the first time this series.
  • Sadly it was their worst offensive effort, as Shelby Miller was one out from a no-hitter.
  • Justin Bour provided the face-saving pinch-hit single.
  • Dee Gordon Watch: Did snag a hit, still batting .420.
  • Jhonatan Solano spelled J.T. Realmuto, going 0 for 3 in his stead.
  • Brad Hand and A.J. Ramos turned in 3 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.
  • Recently reinstated Henderson Alvarez allowed six runs in 5 1/3 innings.
  • This was the first complete game turned in against Miami this year.
  • Miami’s record now sits at 16-22; Jeff Torborg was fired in 2003 for the same total.

Miami Marlins Minute 5/16

Well on the heels of a 5-3 loss to the Atlanta Braves Saturday afternoon, the Miami Marlins stand just one loss away from my projected termination mark for manager Mike Redmond.  What would have been an overreaction at 3-11 is slowly starting to enter the realm of sensical at 16-21.  I have very real doubts Redmond survives a sweep.  But in any case, about Saturday’s contest…

  • Ichiro Watch: With career hit 2,871, Suzuki sits just two back of Babe Ruth on the all-time list.
  • Giancarlo Stanton went 1 for 5, but the one was a 478 foot home-run: still leads in RBIs.
  • Dee Gordon also went 1 for 5, and also still is an MLB leader at a paltry .425; he had 2 RBI.
  • Jeff Baker snagged a start at first from Michael Morse, and went 2 for 3.
  • Miami’s bullpen put up six scoreless innings in a losing cause.
  • Yes, the Braves do seem to hate Mat Latos, who gave up 5 runs before being hit by a line drive.
  • Foreshadowing the future of the bullpen, Tom Koehler pitched three innings of two-hit relief.
  • Every regular but J.T. Realmuto had at least one hit in the contest.
  • Henderson Alvarez returns from the DL Sunday afternoon to put super pressure on Redmond.