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Llega el último mes de temporada y los Marlins de Miami están sin posibilidades de meterse en la pelea por la postemporada, luego de haberla alcanzado de gran forma en 2020. Se puede decir que el conjunto del Sur de La Florida dio un paso importante hacia atrás, en lugar de progresar como se esperaba, con las altas expectativas que había en el club. 

Las lesiones han sido un factor que les ha afectado desde el principio, es más, no es sino hasta este momento del año cuando los Marlins están cerca de tener una rotación completa, con sus abridores asegurados para cada compromiso. Algunos brazos se recuperaron, pero se hizo ya muy tarde para Don Mattingly y los suyos. 

Con esa nota empezamos nuestros cinco puntos clave para la recta final de la temporada: 

  • Regreso de Trevor Rogers: 

El novato sensación de la temporada 2021 tuvo un par de contratiempos luego del Juego de Estrellas en Colorado en el cual participó. El oriundo de Nuevo México estuvo 10 días en la lista de lesionados por un problema en la parte baja de su espalda. Fue activado el 31 de julio para abrir contra los Yankees en Miami y 72 horas después fue colocado en la lista de emergencia médica familiar. Lamentablemente esa situación empeoró y el zurdo fue trasladado a la lista de duelo por el fallecimiento de sus abuelos. 

Recientemente comenzó sus salidas de rehabilitación en las ligas menores y se espera que para este fin de semana pueda reintegrarse al cuerpo de abridores. Actualmente tiene marca de 7-5 con 2.45 de efectividad en 110.0 innings de labor. 

¿Le alcanzará para ser Novato del Año? Es algo que está por verse, dado que Jonathan India ganó terreno, pero Rogers se llevó los honores en abril y mayo. De tener un cierre fuerte en septiembre se podría poner a la cabeza del premio Jackie Robinson. 

  • La rotación completa, ahora con refuerzo: 

No solo el zurdo se unirá a la rotación abridora de Miami. Edward Cabrera, principal prospecto de pitcheo de la organización, hizo su debut en Grandes Ligas recientemente y dejó muy buenas impresiones. Sorprendió con su recta potente, el movimiento de los lanzamientos quebrados y la velocidad de su cambio. 

A lo largo de este mes, Don Mattingly tendrá los siguientes brazos a disposición: Sandy Alcántara, Jesús Luzardo, Elieser Hernández, Edward Cabrera y Trevor Rogers. 

Pablo López, quien también estaba pautado para regresar en los próximos días, tuvo una recaída y los Marlins optaron por detener su rehabilitación en ligas menores. Su tiempo de regreso es indefinido. 

  • Miguel Rojas y la búsqueda de 500 PA: 

“El Capitán” de los Marlins está en su último año de contrato asegurado. Si bien el equipo tiene la posibilidad de ejercer su opción por $5.5M para 2022, el venezolano puede llegar al mínimo de 500 apariciones al plato que están en la cláusula de su contrato para activar automáticamente esta opción para la temporada siguiente. 

Rojas está teniendo un sólido año ofensivo con .266 de promedio, .326 de porcentaje de embasado y .400 de slugging. Suma siete cuadrangulares, su segunda cantidad más alta en Grandes Ligas y acumula 34 remolques. 

Su defensa es de Guante de Oro y ya con un precedente como finalista para el máximo galardón defensivo, “Miggy Ro” es candidato nuevamente para alzarse con el premio dorado. 

  • Jesús Aguilar: 30/100 en la mira 

No ha habido un mejor bateador en el equipo que el maracayero. Aguilar ha sido la gran fuerza de la alineación del manager, Don Mattingly, a lo largo de la zafra. Lidera al club en la gran mayoría de los departamentos ofensivos y solo es segundo en promedio, cuatro puntos por detrás de Miguel Rojas. 

Al momento de escribir estas líneas, el aragüeño tiene un total de 22 jonrones y 89 carreras impulsadas. En esta última categoría es el líder en la Liga Nacional, con una fletada más que su ex compañero, Adam Duvall. 

Los Marlins no han tenido un pelotero con una zafra de 30 bambinazos y 100 traídas al plato desde Giancarlo Stanton (59/132) y Marcell Ozuna (37/124) en 2017. 

Sería el primer venezolano en hacerlo con la franquicia desde Miguel Cabrera en 2007 (34/119). 

  • ¿20/20 de Jazz Chisholm Jr.? 

El oriundo de Bahamas ha tenido un muy buen primer año completo en las mayores. Es posiblemente uno de los jugadores más electrizantes del béisbol, con tan solo una zafra a este nivel. Es uno de los peloteros que merece estar en la conversación por el premio Novato del Año junto con Jonathan India, Trevor Rogers y Patrick Wisdom. 

Chisholm Jr. tiene 14 vuelacercas y 16 estafadas. Lo cual es también una lástima porque ha tenido un par de viajes a la lista de lesionados de 10 días, haciéndole perder más tiempo de juego. No hemos visto a un Marlins con 20 batazos de vuelta completa y 20 bases robadas desde Hanley Ramírez en 2010 (21/32). 

“Prince” tiene la posibilidad de llegar a esas cifras con un muy buen mes de septiembre. Tendrá luz verde cada vez que llegue a la inicial. 

 

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The Miami Marlins stood among the active teams at MLB’s wild Trade Deadline. The Marlins sought to improve their club for the long-term with these trades, while sacrificing as little as possible in the short-term.

At 44-58, Miami finds itself occupying the NL East cellar. The team stands 10.5 games out of first place, and even further back in the Wild Card race (14.5 games). Sputtering out of the post-All-Star gate shifted the Marlins focus. Now, the Marlins seek to evaluate their young talent at the Major League level, preparing for a true postseason push in 2022.

The Marlins return home after splitting two games in Baltimore. Miami should’ve won both, considering they held a five-run lead in the second game before things went sideways. The team is now 1-8 in its last nine interleague games heading into this three-game set with the Yankees.

 

Marlins Trades Reshape the Roster

After being unable to agree upon contract extension terms with Starling Marte, it became clear the team needed to move the talented center fielder. Several teams were reportedly among those interested in acquiring Marte, but ultimately, the 32-year-old center fielder landed in Oakland.

In return, Miami received left-hander Jesus Luzardo, who played locally at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. The 23-year-old appeared in 13 games with Oakland this season, starting six games and posting a 2-4 record with a 6.87 ERA and 40 strikeouts over 38.0 innings. In 2020, Luzardo ranked second amongst MLB rookies in strikeouts (59) and innings pitched (59.0). He comes to the Marlins with a 5-6 career MLB record, with a 4.79 ERA over 31 appearances, with 15 starts and two saves.

The Marlins reportedly agreed to pay the majority of Marte’s remaining salary in order to improve the return from Oakland, something the previous regime would have never done. The team optioned Luzardo to Triple-A Jacksonville where he’ll likely continue to stretch out in preparation for joining the starting rotation.

The second of the Marlins trades earlier this week saw closer Yimi Garcia shipped to Houston. Miami received outfield prospect Bryan De La Cruz and RHP Austin Pruitt from the Astros. De La Cruz is hitting .324 with 12 home runs and 50 RBIs in 66 games at Triple-A and will get an MLB look this season.

Pruitt, meanwhile, comes with MLB experience already. He’s 12-9 with a 4.89 ERA over parts of four seasons with the Rays (2017-19) and Astros (2021), making 69 appearances, including 10 starts.

 

Marlins Trades on Deadline Day

The Marlins surprised some when the first of their Deadline Day trades sent Adam Duvall to Atlanta. Duvall, who signed with Miami last offseason, held a $7 million mutual option for 2022. Likely to decline that option seeking more money this coming offseason, the Marlins flipped him to a division rival rather than lose him for nothing.

Duvall provided the most pop to Miami’s lineup. His 22 home runs and .478 slugging percentage led the Marlins this season. His 68 RBI ranked fifth in the National League and second on the Marlins (behind Jesus Aguilar’s 75). Unfortunately, Duvall’s at-bats were often all-or-nothing, considering his .229 batting average, .277 OBP and 105 strikeouts.

In return for Duvall, Miami acquired catcher Alex Jackson. The 25-year-old former 6th overall selection in the 2014 draft has produced little in limited MLB opportunities. He sports just a .293 OPS over 50 career plate appearances. But at Triple-A this season, he’s hitting .287 with a 1.060 OPS in 123 plate appearances. Jackson’s bat has pop, too, with 42 home runs at Triple-A over parts of three seasons.

Additionally, the Marlins sent reliever John Curtiss to Milwaukee in exchange for minor league catcher Payton Henry. Curtiss finds himself on his fifth team in five years. With Miami this season, the righty went 3-1 with a 2.48 ERA. Henry provides catching depth for the upper levels of Miami’s farm system.

Jackson will be at the Major League level, whereas Henry will go to Triple-A. The team sought organization depth at catcher, considering their strength is pitching.

These Marlins trades ultimately underwhelmed many fans. Expectations for a major move came up short, but the team found returns for players who weren’t in the long-term plans. The quest to upgrade the roster now looks to the winter, but general manager Kim Ng expects these talks will facilitate future moves. For the remainder of 2021, young players will get the opportunity to show their worth.

 

Up Next: vs New York Yankees (53-48)

The Marlins weren’t the only team making trades this week. Their weekend opponents, the New York Yankees, sought to improve themselves for their own postseason push. The Yankees have slipped to 8.5 games behind AL East-leading Boston, but they’re only 3.5 games back in the Wild Card race. New York took two-of-three from the Rays in their last series, but entering coming off a 14-0 loss.

The Yankees added two big-time bats to their lineup in separate deals this week. New York picked up Anthony Rizzo from the Cubs. They also acquired Joey Gallo from the Rangers, and made moves earlier in the season to bolster their bullpen.

Now, the Marlins face a team with a loaded lineup with a very familiar face: Giancarlo Stanton. The Yankees expect to start RHP Jameson Taillon (6-4, 4.36 ERA) on Friday. In two career starts versus Miami, Taillon is 1-0 with a 0.82 ERA. New York likely sends out RHP Domingo German (4-5, 4.45 ERA) and LHP Jordan Montgomery (4-5, 3.78 ERA) in this series as well. In his last start, German tossed 7.0 IP, allowing just one hit with 10 strikeouts against the Red Sox.

Over their last 10 games, the Yankees are 6-4 with a .236 batting average and 4.12 team ERA. Miami, meanwhile, are 4-6 with a .255 batting average and 5.15 team ERA. Both the Marlins and the Yankees look substantially different after their trades.

The Marlins are hoping to improve upon their dreadful 3-11 interleague record this season. In the wake of the trade deadline, the team hopes to get healthier and get a good look at these new young prospects.

 

Other Marlins Roster News

Garrett Cooper has a torn UCL in his left elbow and will undergo season-ending surgery. Cooper finishes the season slashing .284/.380/.465 line over 250 plate appearances, with nine homers and 33 RBI. A consistent producer when healthy, Cooper’s career remains injury plagued. His future with the club seems up in the air, even with the National League expecting the DH next season.

In good news, the team activated Jazz Chisholm from the injured list. Also, Jesus Sanchez has initiated the return-to-play protocols and could rejoin the team in the near future. Cody Poteet, meanwhile, has a rehab start in Jacksonville scheduled for August 3rd.

To fill out the roster, the Marlins selected the contracts of reliever Preston Guilmet and outfielder Brian Miller. Guilmet’s made the roster a few times this season, but his appearance against the Orioles stood as his season debut and his first MLB action since 2018.

Miller, meanwhile, will make his MLB debut with his first appearance. The 25-year-old slashed .254/.314/.331 with one homer and 21 RBI over 263 plate appearances with Triple-A Jacksonville this season. He can play three outfield positions.

Reports regarding how other potential Marlins trades fell apart are bound to come out soon. Suffice it to say that the team sought to upgrade the roster at the deadline but would not overpay to do so, unlike some of the other clubs out there.

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The Miami Marlins (43-57) surprised many with their four-game series split with the San Diego Padres (58-44). Playing despite an injury-riddled roster and a rotation missing each member from Opening Day, the Marlins managed to delight their fans with a pair of impressive wins ahead of the trade deadline.

Injuries and inconsistencies submarined a season where Miami harbored playoff hopes. Now, as the Marlins head to Baltimore for a quick two-game set against the AL’s worst team, all sights turn to the trade deadline.

 

Marlins Surprise Padres Ahead of Trade Deadline

While not technically out of the race (11 games back in the NL East), the Marlins slipped to 16 games under .500 with their loss Friday night. Miami dropped seven of nine games coming out of the All-Star break and the season’s tail spin certainly felt like it crash landed.

But Saturday and Sunday showed this club will not quit, despite the depleted roster.

Lewis Brinson, whose three-run homer on Sunday broke the game open for the Marlins, said the team would not “lay down.” Brinson’s a good example, too, considering he’s hitting .357 with a 1.152 OPS over the six games since his return to the Marlins.

The Marlins also saw encouraging signs from Braxton Garrett, a player some assume might be used to acquire offensive talent at the trade deadline. The 23-year-old responded to his latest opportunity with a career-best outing: seven IP, four hits, two earned runs and 10 strikeouts. He provided the beleaguered bullpen with some rest and improved upon his 5.40 MLB ERA.

Miami also received a lift Sunday from South Florida native Deven Marrero. One of the many players to enter through the revolving door at the bottom of the 40-man roster, Marrero took advantage of his opportunity, going 3-for-4 including a homer. Although unlikely to stick long-term, Marrero flashed MLB-ready usefulness that may see him stick for now.

Another, less surprising, turn of events came with Joel Sherman’s report that the Marlins made a contract extension offer to Sandy Alcantara. Those negotiations remain on going and the Marlins hold Alcantara in high regard. As Marlins CEO Derek Jeter said Saturday: “he’s our No. 1 guy…and I think he’s only going to continue to get better and better.”

 

Marlins Focused on Trade Deadline

Most around baseball expect the Marlins to be “sellers” at the trade deadline. However, Jeter and company look at this more as an opportunity to improve the team.

“I think you go to the Trade Deadline the last couple of years, the moves we’ve made have been to make our organization better,” Jeter said Saturday.

2021 signals the fourth trade deadline for the Marlins new ownership group. They’ve been active in each previous one. In 2018, Miami flipped Cameron Maybin to the Mariners for Bryson Brigman, who’s raking at Triple-A Jacksonville and could get a look this season. In 2019, the Marlins landed the trio of Jazz Chisholm, Lewin Diaz and Jesus Sanchez in a series of moves. Last year, Miami acquired Starling Marte and Griffin Conine in separate deals.

“Every move we’ve made is to get better, and that’s what we keep in mind every Trade Deadline,” Jeter said. “So anything that we’re going to possibly do, we’re looking out for the organization.”

Jeter did admit there’s “disappointment for everyone” with the way this season is playing out. However, “[t]he organization is stronger than it was three and a half years ago when we took over, but we could be better.”

He went on to say: “We need to continue to get better here, and that’s what we’re going to try to do.”

The Marlins are expected to be very active and Craig Mish recently said he expects the team to make a major move. Miami understands there are clear needs at both catcher and center field.

Peter Gammons noted the Marlins are working on moving Marte, Adam Duvall and relievers, but have declined overtures for Miguel Rojas.

Jesus Aguilar, meanwhile, told “Swings and Mishes en Español”’s Daniel Alvarez that he wants to stay in Miami.

 

Up Next: at Baltimore Orioles (34-64)

The Marlins head north to Baltimore for a quick, two-game set with the AL’s worst team. These two clubs split two games earlier this season. Miami won all four matchups in 2020.

Despite having the AL’s worst record, Baltimore is 6-4 over their last 10 games. They sport a .232 batting average, with a 4.16 team ERA over that span. The Orioles enter coming off a sweep of Washington, which has reportedly shifted the Nationals into “seller” mode.

Alcantara should start the first game for Miami, likely squaring off against RHP Spenser Watkins (2-0, 1.65 ERA). The Marlins starter for game two is TBD, but Baltimore will probably send RHP Jorge Lopez (2-12, 5.84 ERA) to the mound.

Miami is 4-6 over their last 10, with a .229 batting average and 4.38 team ERA. The Marlins get another off-day Thursday ahead of Friday’s trade deadline and a weekend series with the New York Yankees (51-47).

The next several days leading to the trade deadline should prove to be very interesting for the Marlins. This team has clear needs on offense and has shown in the past a willingness to deal from depth. The stocked cabinet of pitching prospects could yield a difference-making position player.

It’s hard to imagine the team dealing from rotation staples like Alcantara, Pablo Lopez or Trevor Rogers if they want to compete for a playoff spot in 2022. The team definitely needs to address catcher and center field moving forward.

Miami needs to carve out space for Lewin Diaz at the MLB level in the same way it did for Jesus Sanchez, so a trade involving Aguilar or Garrett Cooper might be in the offing. Having a DH for 2022 could create enough space for one of the two to remain in Miami.

 

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The Miami Marlins (41-55) managed to avoid the three-game sweep in Washington on Wednesday, despite playing with a depleted roster. This post-All-Star stretch has seemingly doomed the season for the Fish. It’s placed all of the fan focus on the looming trade deadline.

The Marlins entered Wednesday’s contest having lost four-in-a-row and eight of their last 10. The only stretch of play worse for Miami this season was a disastrous 1-8 road trip in late May/early June.

As the team returns home, six games remain before MLB’s Trade Deadline. The Marlins face one of the best squads in the NL (San Diego) before a quick two-game series against the AL’s worst (Baltimore). It’s hard to imagine a scenario in which the Marlins are not sellers come July 30th.

 

Marlins Overmatched in Washington

The Marlins came out of the All-Star break reeling from another spate of injuries. Prior to games resuming, Miami lost both Jesus Sanchez and Pablo Lopez to the injured list. Then, during a difficult series in Philadelphia, the team saw two more key contributors hurt in Jazz Chisholm and Garrett Cooper.

Beyond that, Sandy Alcantara was placed on the Bereavement List and the roster shuffle continued. Missing their top talent led the Marlins to a 18-1 drubbing in Washington. The team continues to mix-and-match replacement level players with little success. Instead of calling up high-performing prospects like Bryson Brigman or Edward Cabrera, the team continued to cycle through lesser talent.

Since resuming the season on July 16, the Marlins have recalled Isan Diaz and Lewis Brinson, neither of whom have made much impact at the MLB level. The team also selected the contracts of pitchers Luis Madero and Andrew Bellatti. Both pitchers continued Miami’s trend of selecting players who will go unclaimed through the DFA process.

Bellatti hadn’t pitched in the majors since 2015. That season, he tossed 23.1 innings for the Rays, posting a 2.31 ERA. In his season debut for the Marlins, Bellatti surrendered five earned runs in 1.1 IP in Washington.

Madero returned from Jacksonville to fill out the taxed bullpen. In two stints with Miami this season, Madero’s allowed five earned runs over 3.0 IP.

Nick Neidert, meanwhile, had his best performance of the season. He went a career-high 5.0 IP, allowing just three hits and one earned run. Neidert did walk three and hit a batter, but overall, his performance likely bought him another spot start.

Jordan Holloway has also pitched well of late and could get another turn in the rotation.  

 

Trade Deadline Looms as Marlins Leave Washington

Returning home, Miami sits a season-worst 10.5 games behind the Mets (50-43). This trip also saw the Marlins slip to a season-worst 15 games below .500 before Wednesday’s win in Washington. Barring a miracle run, Miami will miss the playoffs. This also means the remainder of 2021 should be about evaluating young talent.

“We’re going to get a chance to obviously look at some guys,” Don Mattingly said. “Guys are going to get experience. They’re going to get chances, so we’ll see where it goes.”

The Marlins continue to churn the bottom end of the 40-man to plug holes at the Major League level. But those players are roster fodder to avoid losing more prized prospects to potential DFAs.

Additionally, Miami currently houses six players on the 60-day IL, but July 25 marks Brian Anderson’s return date. And both Daniel Castano and Elieser Hernandez could return in August. Each of those returns would dictate a roster move.  

The most likely moves now will come via trade. The Marlins boast a number of assets, headlined by Starling Marte. Jesus Aguilar, as well as Yimi Garcia and other relievers, could prove potentially valuable to a contender, too.

Rumors link Marte to the Astros, Phillies and Yankees, but Craig Mish recently reported that the San Francisco Giants could be the top suitor. The Giants sport an intriguing outfield prospect in Heliot Ramos, but Miami would likely need to send more than merely Marte to land him. The Giants, though, do have needs in the bullpen and starting rotation.

The Yankees, meanwhile, could certainly use Marte, as well as Aguilar, who would fill a void in New York at first base. The Yankees and Astros both have the prospect capital Miami would want in return for these veterans.

 

Up Next: vs San Diego Padres (56-42)

The Marlins return home to face one of the top teams in the National League. San Diego sports a transcendent talent in Fernando Tatis Jr, as well as one of the best starting rotations in the Bigs. The Padres currently sit third in the highly competitive NL West and can’t afford a slip in Miami.

The Marlins have not played San Diego since 2019, when they took four of six games from the Pads that year. Much has changed since then, though.  

The Padres are 5-5 over their last 10 games, with a .288 batting average and 5.21 team ERA. But their eastern road swing has been marred by rain, and a shooting outside of the stadium in Washington.

Tatis leads San Diego in batting average (.295), home runs (29), RBI (66). and OPS (1.029). Miami native Manny Machado helps man the left side of the infield for the Padres. He’s hitting .276 with a .854 OPS, 16 homers and 65 RBI.

The Marlins will likely face the best of San Diego’s rotation in this four-game set. LHP Blake Snell (3-3, 5.21 ERA) goes Thursday. Then it’s RHP Joe Musgrove (5-7, 3.14), LHP Ryan Weathers (4-2, 2.91) and RHP Yu Darvish (7-4, 3.09). Miami’s familiar with Snell and Darvish from their time with the Rays and Cubs respectively. Weathers, meanwhile, is the son of former Marlins pitcher David Weathers.

The Marlins selected the elder Weathers from the Toronto Blue Jays in the 1992 Expansion Draft. Primarily a starter in his time with (then) Florida, Weather pitched with the Marlins from 1993 to 1996, when he was traded to the New York Yankees for Mark Hutton.

This four-game series stands as the Marlins last home set prior to the July 30th trade deadline.

 

 

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The Miami Marlins (40-53) entered the All-Star break seeking a moment to steel themselves for the remainder of the season. Miami harbored hopes of contention ahead of the trade deadline. But now, after a series loss in Philadelphia that also saw the Marlins absorb addition injuries, eyes should shift to 2022 and beyond.

Despite exiting the All-Star break nine games back in the NL East, the Marlins knew this seven-game stretch against division opponents could vault the team back into contention. The New York Mets (48-42) floundered a golden opportunity to take hold of the NL East by losing four of seven against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Miami opened the post-All-Game slate against the Phillies, a team they’ve owned of late. But the Marlins, as has been the case much of the season, couldn’t capitalize on the opportunity.

“It didn’t go the way we planned,” said Marlins outfielder Adam Duvall.

That’s putting it mildly.

 

Marlins See Season Slip Away in Philadelphia

Although the team sported a winning record against the Phillies over the last two seasons combined, the Marlins couldn’t put it together in Philadelphia this time. In the first game of the doubleheader, Sandy Alcantarastruggled, the defense let him down and the offense failed in clutch situations.

Game Two of the doubleheader featured an offensive explosion and an encouraging outing from Jordan Holloway, but that result gets washed away considering what happened the remainder of the weekend.

Sunday was a disaster. With a chance to get two wins and steal the series, the Marlins saw their former catcher walk them off, before the injury-riddled full game that followed. Realmuto’s game-winning homer saddled Marlins closer Yimi Garcia with his seventh loss of the season.

“It was kind of one of those days,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “You start off hopeful where you’re at, hopefully able to put two on the board and you don’t get either one, and then you see Jazz go down and you see Coop go down.”

Injuries continue to mar the Marlins season. Prior to the series, Pablo Lopez landed on the 10-day IL with a shoulder strain. Rookie Jesus Sanchez also found himself on the IL, though the reasoning was undisclosed. In the past, that has often meant the IL stay was COVID-related.

The roster churn will continue once the extent of the injuries to Jazz Chisholm and Garrett Cooper are determined. Despite Brian Anderson being on the verge of return, it’s hard to image the Marlins can salvage anything from this stretch of the season, considering the lack of available starting pitching depth and the lack of offensive production from the replacement-level players.

Leaving Philadelphia, the Marlins sit a season-high 13 games under .500 and trail New York by 9.5 games.

 

Marlins Expected to be Sellers as Lost Season Persists

There’s little hope of a playoff push at this point. The Marlins now must shift their sights to 2022 and beyond, considering the depths they’ve slipped to this season. But the recent spate of injuries has the potential to short-circuit whatever evaluative value remained this season.

As Craig Mish reported yesterday, extension talks between Miami and Starling Marte have ended. This puts Marte squarely on the trade block, and the Marlins would do well to deal him by the end of the month.

According to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, the Astros, Phillies and Yankees stand among the teams who’ve checked-in on Marte. The Marlins must create a bidding war for Marte’s services, to drive the price up, considering the in-season trade haul for a pending free agent is rarely lucrative.

While dealing Marte should be the Marlins’ primary focus (despite the lack of a clear, long-term answer in centerfield), the season slipping away also dictates other moves.

While the severity of Cooper’s injury to be determined in the coming days, the Marlins should also look to trade Jesus Aguilar. The arepa-powered first baseman’s recent hot streak should only inflate his value to power-strapped teams.

Another reason to move Aguilar is, Miami needs to see if Lewin Diaz can consistently handle MLB pitching before this season becomes utterly meaningless. Waiting until September, when many teams have shuttered competitive hopes, would be a mistake. Although Diaz found his power stroke in July (six homers, two doubles), he seemingly hurt himself during Sunday’s game in Durham.

The Marlins also need to consider dealing any bullpen arm other teams ask about. Garcia’s failures as a closer aside, he could help a contending team as a high-leverage set-up man.

 

Up Next: at Washington Nationals (43-49)

The Marlins continue this post-All-Star road trip with their second stop in Washington this season. The Nationals swept Miami’s last visit to DC, and the teams split their most recent series at loanDepot park.

For the Marlins, they’re catching Washington amid a 3-7 stretch that saw the Nats lose six-in-a-row to sink in the standings. If the Nationals harbor any hope of contention this season, they’ll need to improve their play immediately.

The Marlins are 2-5 against Washington this season and suffered through Kyle Schwarber’s June home run binge. Although they’ve struggled of late, the Nationals offense is still hitting at a .300 clip over their last 10 games. The biggest problem for Washington has been pitching. Over that 10-game span, the Nats team ERA sits at 7.56.

Miami, meanwhile, sports a 4-6 record over their last 10 games, but are coming off a difficult series loss to the Phillies. The Marlins are hitting .236, with a 3.48 team ERA over that span. Inconsistencies on offense and out of the ‘pen continue to haunt Miami.

The Marlins will miss Max Scherzer’s turn in the rotation and probably Patrick Corbin as well. That could mean the Nationals will throw Jon Lester (2-4, 5.54) and Erick Fedde (4-7, 5.32) at some point. For Miami, Lopez’s injury and maintenance for Trevor Rogers means Monday is likely a bullpen day.

Miami’s first order of business this week remains addressing injury concerns with Chisholm and Cooper, and filling out the vacant roster spots. It’ll be interesting to see if the Marlins add infield prospect Bryson Brigman to the mix, but that would necessitate a 40-man roster move.

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The Marlins (39-50) entered this series against the Braves (44-45) coming off an impressive showing against the LA Dodgers. Miami again seemed poised to make a move up the NL East standings, but couldn’t capitalize on their latest opportunity.

Unfortunately, the Marlins problems in this series against the Braves proved to be similar to those that have plagued the team throughout the season. First, an offensive no-show that resulted in Miami’s 10th shut-out loss of the season. Then, another one-run loss, their 20th of the season (tied for the most in MLB).

While the division-leading New York Mets (47-40) have done little to separate themselves from the pack, the Marlins remain 9.0 games back in the NL East. To get back into contention for the division, the Marlins will need a magical post-All-Star run. According to Baseball Reference, Miami still sports a 3.1 percent chance of winning the division, but just a 0.1 percent shot at the Wild Card.

All of this likely indicates Miami will approach the trade deadline as sellers rather than buyers. That’s not to say they won’t look to add, but it’s unlikely the team makes a win-now move that jeopardizes the future.

Ironically, it’s the future that many Marlins fans pivoted to after Sunday’s win. The Marlins landed a pair of highly-touted prospects on the first day of the MLB Draft and saw two of their top pitching prospects perform well at the Futures Game.

 

Same Issues Haunt Marlins vs Braves

Throughout the season, the Marlins offense has struggled to produce with any kind of consistency. That proved to be the case again Friday, when Braves starter Charlie Morton silenced Marlins bats. Miami managed a meager two hits in this one, going 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position.

The inconsistencies couldn’t be any clearer than when looking at Miami’s last two efforts against Morton. On July 4th, the Marlins roughed up the Braves starter to the tune of four earned runs over 5.1 innings pitched. Sunday, however, a lineup that was almost exactly the same as it was on the 4th did almost nothing against the same pitcher. Morton stymied any offense opportunities and the Marlins went quietly into the loss column.

Saturday saw the Marlins take an early lead against the Braves, but Miami’s All-Star Trevor Rogers couldn’t hold it. From there, the offense couldn’t come up with the clutch hit when needed. Although they scored four runs, the Marlins went 3-for-11 with runners in scoring position and stranded eight runners on base in the one-run loss.

Rogers lacked the velocity and sharpness that characterized much of the rookie’s run this season. He surrendered four hits and two walks, and committed a fielding error. Rogers tallied just four strikeouts. Over his last four starts, he sports a 4.12 ERA and hasn’t finished six innings.

Jazz Chisholm provided the Marlins the highlight of the night with his inside-the-park home run but it came at the expensive of Braves All-Star Ronald Acuña Jr, who tore his ACL on the play. Chisholm’s up-and-down 2021 has provided Marlins fans with hope and excitement for the future. The rookie enters the All-Star break with 11 home runs and 11 stolen bases, so he could reach the 20/20 plateau by season’s end.

 

Marlins Future Bright Despite Series Loss to Braves

Rogers seems confident he’ll make the right adjustments and Chisholm also feels he could improve.

“For me, I feel like I could be way better, honestly, and help my team to get better in the future,” Chisholm said. “Next half, I’m expecting to come out there and be the best, help my team win more games than we won in the first half and just keep on advancing from there.”

The future played out on multiple fronts for Miami. The Marlins saw rookie left fielder Jesus Sanchez play well against the Braves. Sanchez went 4-for-6 between Saturday and Sunday, and was a home run shy of the first Marlins cycle.

In the Futures Game, the Marlins saw two of their prized pitching prospects make relief appearances. Max Meyer and Jake Eder both pitched to just two hitters, with Eder registering one strikeout.

The 22-year-old starters pitch for the Marlins Double-A affiliate in Pensacola, and both seem poised to move quickly through Miami’s system. Meyer sports a 4-1 record with a 1.67 ERA and 54 strikeouts over 54 IP. Eder, meanwhile, leads Double-A South in batting-average-against (.151), ERA (1.03) and WHIP (0.91). He ranks second in strikeouts (76).

During day one of the MLB Draft, the Marlins nabbed Kahlil Watson, the highly-rated high school shortstop, with the 16th overall selection. Miami then chose high school catcher Joe Mack in Competitive Balance Round A (pick 31 overall).

Watson checked in as the No. 4-overall prospect, according to MLB Pipeline, and Marlins director of amateur scouting, DJ Svihlik, compared him to Jimmy Rollins. Watson’s speed and versatility could see him play all over the field.

Mack, meanwhile, fits a need in Miami’s system at catcher. MLB Pipeline’s Jonathan Mayo called him “maybe the best all-around catching prospect in this class.”

 

Up Next: at Philadelphia Phillies (44-44)

The Marlins come out of the All-Star Break and continue their run against NL East rivals. Miami heads north to face the Phillies, who they’ve played well against the season. The Marlins are 5-4 in 2021 against Philadelphia and split their last two against the Phils.

If the Marlins are going to make a run back into contention in the NL East, it starts with Friday’s doubleheader. The Marlins took two-of-three in Philadelphia back in May and need a convincing series win if they plan on making a playoff push. After this stop, the Marlins move on to Washington and face the only NL East team they have a losing record against (2-5).

These next seven games could define the remainder of Miami’s season. After the Marlins lost two-of-three to the Braves, they lost ground in the division and seem more likely to sell off veterans than add at the trade deadline.

The Marlins offense flounders in the bottom third of MLB in most categories, despite having two top-10 run producers in Jesus Aguilar and Adam Duvall (T-6th, 62 RBI). Miami ranks 20th in batting average (.233), 26th in homers (88) and 28th in OPS (.674).

Pitching has carried the Marlins throughout the season. The staff ranks fifth in ERA (3.43), seventh in WHIP (1.19) and eighth in batting-average-against (.227). They’ve surrendered the fewest homers (72) and fourth-fewest runs (299).

Although the bullpen’s ERA ranks sixth (3.41), Miami relievers have combined for a whopping 18 blown saves. That’s tied for second-most in MLB, behind only Philadelphia (22).

The Marlins expect to have Sandy Alcantara (5-8, 3.09) and Pablo Lopez (5-5, 3.03), fresh off his MLB-record nine strikeouts to start a game, ready for this series in Philadelphia. Rogers’ availability likely depends upon his usage in the All-Star game.

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The Miami Marlins (38-48) entered this set against the Los Angeles Dodgers reeling from a frustrating series with in Atlanta. Against the Braves, Miami’s offense and bullpen took turns faltering, and the result was a potentially season-altering loss last Sunday.

But the Marlins rallied when the Dodgers came to town. The defending World Series Champs had taken two-of-three earlier this season when the two teams met last, and LA rode a nine-game winning to loanDepot park. But the Marlins surprised the baseball world by taking the first three games of this series against the Dodgers.

With the trade deadline looming, and the All-Star break around the corner, the Marlins seem like a club caught between reconstruction and contention. Although currently stashed in the basement of the NL East, Marlins’ brass feels the team’s record is not indicative of their talent and potential.

Miami opted for consistency this week when the club announced they’d picked up manager Don Mattingly’s mutual option for the 2022 season. The front office understands the affect injuries and inconsistency has had on the Marlins this season, and elected to bring back the franchise’s winningest skipper.

 

Marlins Win One-Run Games vs Dodgers

Entering this series, the Marlins held a 6-19 record in one-run contests. That stood as the second-worst mark in MLB, trailing only the Arizona Diamondbacks (3-20). They’ve lost in walk-off fashion eight times. This futility in close games amplified the maddening inconsistencies of the offense and backend of the bullpen.

Miami’s plus-20 run differential seems to support general manager Kim Ng’s assertion that the Marlins are better than their record. The team’s “expected” win-loss mark, based on Runs-Scored and Runs-Allowed, stands at 45-41. The minus-seven differential between expected record and reality makes Miami the second-most “unlucky” MLB team (Arizona minus-eight).

But teams don’t get into the postseason based on “expected” record.  What matters is performance, and Miami finally enjoyed some of those clutch hits.

On Monday, the Marlins answered every run by the Dodgers and Jorge Alfaro’s clutch eighth-inning home run propelled the team to the one-run win. Miami went 4-for-8 with runners-in-scoring-position and notched three two-out RBI.

Tuesday, the Marlins pitching staff came up clutch, holding the Dodgers to just one-run over 10 innings. Starling Marte continued to demonstrate his value, scoring the game-winning run after a wild pitch and throwing error.

Wednesday featured another dramatic walk-off win, though not of the one-run variety. After rookie Anthony Bender blew the opportunity at his second save, Jesus Aguilar connected on his first home run at home, his 14th overall, to give the Marlins the series win over the Dodgers. Jesus Sanchez also came up clutch with his two-out, two-strike RBI single to give Miami the lead in the eighth.

In all, the Marlins flashed their potential against the Dodgers, in front of the biggest crowds at loanDepot all year. Whether these results alter the team’s approach at the trade deadline remains to be seen.

 

Encouraging Performances for the Marlins vs the Dodgers

The clutch wins come at a pivotal time for the Marlins. With the season seemingly slipping away, Miami rallied to top the defending World Series champs. And while some of the names that came up clutch for the Marlins against the Dodgers were expected, others were something of a surprise.

Aguilar and Miguel Rojas played key roles in this series, but the most notable veteran performance came from Garrett Cooper. The 30-year-old manned right field and first base provided a lift with his bat. Cooper went 6-for-13 with two homers, three RBI and four walks in this series.

Since returning to the lineup from injury, Cooper’s been on a tear. He boasts a .485 batting average and 1.514 OPS over those 12 games, with four homers, nine RBI and 10 walks. The Marlins are 7-5 in those contests.

Bender impressed in this series as well, despite giving up a game-tying home run Wednesday. The Marlins rookie reliever recorded his first career save and his first career win in this series against the Dodgers. Bender struck out four of the eight batters he faced, including Mookie Betts.

Perhaps the biggest surprise came from Steven Okert. The 30-year-old lefty reliever found himself as part of the Marlins bullpen because of the roster churn. Miami needed another arm and Okert had pitched well for Triple-A Jacksonville. He’d posted a 1.80 ERA over 20 IP for the Jumbo Shrimp prior to his call up.

Against the Dodgers, Okert pitched 2.1 scoreless innings over two one-run Marlins victories. His production bought the beleaguered bullpen time. With Miami, Okert has yet to surrender a run over four IP, notching two holds along the way.

 

Up Next: vs Atlanta Braves (42-44)

The Braves come to Miami for what’s the last series ahead of the All-Star break. The Marlins faltered through a frustrating series in Atlanta last week, and Miami hopes to maintain their positive momentum entering the season’s brief hiatus.

The Marlins have several factors in their favor entering this three-game series. Miami plays better at home (21-19), better against the NL East (16-15) and better against the Braves (6-4). Atlanta, meanwhile, is sub-.500 both on the road (18-22) and versus NL East opponents (21-22). In the 10 games between the two clubs this season, the Marlins have outscored Atlanta 53-45.

The Braves are 6-4 of late, but they’re coming off a series loss in Pittsburgh. Over their last 10 games, Atlanta sports a .270 batting average and 3.54 team ERA. The Marlins are 5-5 in their last 10, with a .235 batting average and 3.71 team ERA. Miami took two-of-three at home from the Braves in June.

This series figures to be a close one, considering six of the last eight between these two clubs have been one-run games. All but one of the 10 games between the Marlins and Atlanta have been decided by two runs or less.

Miami will look to exercise the demon of their most recent loss to the Braves, where the bullpen meltdown turned a four-run ninth inning lead into a one-run 10-inning loss.

The Marlins enter yet another key stretch in their season. The positive marks against NL East opponents could serve the team well, considering their next 10 and 42 of their final 76 games come against division rivals. If the Marlins can string a series of wins together, they might very well make a climb up the standings. If not, the team could approach the trade deadline as sellers.

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The Miami Marlins (35-47) took what manager Don Mattingly called a “punch in the gut” loss on Sunday in Atlanta. The entire three-game set seemed sweep-able for the Marlins, but when it counted, the Marlins couldn’t get the big hit Friday, then couldn’t get the big out Sunday.

The Marlins and Braves continue to be one of MLB’s most compelling rivalries of late, considering the heated history of the last few seasons. But this series showed the sheer lack of wiggle room for Miami. The Marlins must play near-perfect to finish off games and series. This team lacks the margin for error that other clubs seem to enjoy.

The Marlins record in one-run games this season now stands at 7-19. The only team with a worst record in one-run games is Arizona (2-20). After splitting two games with Philadelphia, and dropping two-of-three in Atlanta, the Marlins return home to face the Dodgers. If the team is going to make things even remotely interesting ahead of the trade deadline, they’ll need to string some wins together.

 

Marlins Latest Loss in Atlanta ‘Really Hurts’

This Marlins club constantly seems to be on the verge of rejoining the postseason push, but something always goes sideways for them. On Sunday, Miami couldn’t ask for more from its offense, which has so often let the pitching staff down this season.

After a clutch homer from Adam Duvall tilted momentum in Miami’s favor, the Marlins put up three insurance runs in the ninth. Sandy Leon homered for just the second time this season, then Jesus Aguilar followed with a two-run blast, his 13th this year.

Mattingly summoned Marlins closer Yimi Garcia, hoping to secure the series victory in Atlanta. However, as is often evident in Garcia’s appearances, he didn’t seem to have it from the onset. But considering the bullpen had already accounted for 13 innings in the series, Mattingly’s options were limited.

Garcia failed to hold the lead, then Anthony Bass ultimately took the loss when Braves pitcher Max Fried drove in the game-winning run with a pinch-hit single.

Mattingly opted to intentionally walk backup catcher Kevan Smith, despite his .191 batting average, after a wild play at the plate opened first base. Instead, the Marlins pitched to Fried, who entered 5-for-19 on the season (.263).

“Guys aren’t taking it too well obviously,” said Marlins starter Zach Thompson. “But our bullpen has been outstanding this entire year. So it’s just one of those days that, you know, it just kind of sucks and it really hurts.”

Thompson went six innings, allowing three runs before giving way to the ‘pen. Similarly, Sandy Alcantara’s six-inning effort Saturday helped the bullpen, but the ninth and tenth innings on Sunday seemingly wiped away that group’s success this series.

Prior to Garcia’s meltdown, the bullpen went 13 innings allowing just one unearned run, three hits and three walks.

 

Marlins Positives Hidden in Series Loss in Atlanta

“Obviously, these are tough losses on your club. For everybody in there, it’s a punch in the gut,” Mattingly admitted after Sunday’s debacle. “You lose the game with a four-run lead, and you’ve been battling all day. This is obviously a tough one to take. There’s no getting it back.”

Pablo Lopez’s ejection from the opener stung, and the absurd explanation from Crew Chief Dan Iassogna did little to ease frustrations. But the Marlins bullpen rallied against Atlanta, despite the difficult situation. Marlins relievers went eight innings without allowing an earned run. They surrendered just two hits and two walks. But Miami’s offense couldn’t get the big hit for what could have been a season-defining win.

And while Sunday’s loss in Atlanta might be the Marlins worst in years, there were a few positives to pull from the series.

Anthony Bender continued the spectacular start to his career. Friday, Bender struck out all six batters he faced. On Sunday, Bender entered in the eighth with a one-run lead. Facing the best bats in the Braves lineup, Bender registered another two strikeouts, securing Miami’s lead.

This stood as Bender’s most high-leverage outing and could signal additional late-inning responsibilities for the rookie.

Garrett Cooper’s return proved a lift the Marlins lineup versus Atlanta. Since his return from injury, Cooper’s posted a .526 batting average (10-for-19) and 1.587 OPS over seven games. The Marlins right fielder helped lift the team to victory over Atlanta with his 2-for-4, two-RBI performance Saturday. His solo homer in the sixth provided the winning margin.

Thompson has also impressed. He’s made five starts and pitched to a 2.25 ERA, stabilizing the backend of Miami’s rotation.

 

Up Next: vs Los Angeles Dodgers (53-31)

The Marlins series loss in Atlanta pushed them further back in the standings. They return home Monday to start a four-game series against the defending World Series Champs, the LA Dodgers. Los Angeles holds a 17-game lead on the Marlins in that Wild Card race.

If the Marlins are going to make things interesting ahead of the trade deadline, they’ll need to do better than the last time they faced the Dodgers, when LA took two-of-three.

The Dodgers enter having won their last nine games in a row. The defending champs seem to be rounding into form as the summer presses on. Over their last 10, LA sports a .227 batting average, a 1.88 team ERA and have outscored opponents by 25 runs.

Dominant pitching has carried the Dodgers. RHP Walker Buehler (8-1, 2.35 ERA) takes the first turn for LA, opposite the Marlins lone All-Star, LHP Trevor Rogers (7-5, 2.14 ERA).

LA looks to start RHP Tony Gonsolin (1-0, 2.81 ERA), LHP Julio Urias (10-3, 3.81 ERA) and LHP Clayton Kershaw (9-7, 3.39 ERA) for the remainder of the series. The Marlins should counter with Lopez, who threw just one pitch Friday. The rest of the rotation remains up in the air. Alcantara could get the opportunity to rectify his disastrous, pitch-tipping performance in LA.

Marlins fans may also get their first look at the newly acquired RHP David Hess. The Pembroke Pines native sports 5.86 career ERA over two-plus seasons with the Baltimore Orioles. Miami sent minor league RHP Justin Sterner to the Rays in this trade. He could be someone to eat innings for this frayed pitching staff.

After this series, the Marlins will close out their pre-All-Star schedule with a home series against Atlanta.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Miami Marlins (34-45) started a six-game road trip with a stop in Philadelphia, but the three-game set against the Phillies (37-41) was cut short due to rain. The Marlins took the second game thanks to a resounding offensive effort. That result comes after Joe Panik joined the lineup and became just the seventh Marlin in team history to homer in his first at-bat with the club.

 

The Marlins made waves earlier this week with the trade that sent Corey Dickerson and Adam Cimber to the Toronto Blue Jays for Panik and minor league reliever Andrew McInvale. The move stabilized Miami’s infield and provided a veteran bat for manager Don Mattingly to deploy.

Panik Pays Immediate Dividends for Marlins versus Phillies

Panik’s arrival came with a thunderous crack of the bat. In his first at-bat with the Marlins, Panik took Phillies starter Aaron Nola deep, sending a breaking ball over the right field wall. Panik missed the first game of the series as he traveled to join the team, but Mattingly immediately slotted the veteran infielder in the lineup and had him man third base.

“It was good to get right out there, kind of running on fumes right now, just running on adrenaline, but it was a good night,” said Panik after the game.

It wasn’t just the homer that delighted Marlins fans. Panik, hitting seventh in the lineup, went 2-for-4, with two RBI, including the go-ahead run in the decisive fifth inning. All in all, Panik reached base three times in his Marlins debut and played a clean third base against the Phillies.

The fifth proved to be a pivot point in the game and, hopefully, for the season. The Marlins scored six runs in the frame, all coming with two outs. Miami recorded six consecutive hits, five singles and a double, to chase Nola from the game. Entering this game against the Marlins, the Phillies starter sported a 2.15 ERA over his previous nine start against Miami. It was the second time in Nola’s career that the Marlins tagged him for seven earned runs in a start, the first time coming in August of 2017.

The addition of Panik to the lineup provides another veteran bat to the team. Over his eight-year MLB career, Panik holds a 9.9 strikeout percentage. This season, that figure stands at 11.4 percent. For context, Jon Bertiand Isan Diaz, who’ve been the team’s primary third basemen in the wake of Brian Anderson’s injury, have 19.7 and 29.1 percentages respectively this season.

 

Marlins Pounce on Phillies Bullpen

Last season, the Marlins, like many other clubs, preyed on the Phillies bullpen. Although Philadelphia tried to address this issue, including adding former Marlins closer Brandon Kintzler, this season seems to have a similar start to it.

This season, the Phillies bullpen finds itself once again among MLB’s bottom third in ERA (4.65). Although the Marlins primarily touched up Phillies starter Aaron Nola in during their 11-6 win, the team did post four runs over the final 4.1 innings of that contest.

The previous night, Phillies starter Vince Velasquez stifled the Marlins. Although Miami had historically done well against him (19 earned runs over four starts prior to this season), Velasquez dominated the Marlins once again. In his previous start, he kept Miami scoreless through six innings. This time, he allowed just two hits over seven scoreless innings.

But the Marlins lineup went to work on the vulnerable Phillies bullpen after that. The team worked several solid at-bats and eventually scored on a wild pitch. From there, Adam Duvall cut the deficit to one with his two-run blast in the ninth. The Marlins can only hope this means Duvall’s heating up once again.

All told, the Marlins scored 14 runs over this two-game set versus the Phillies, including seven against Philadelphia’s bullpen. They allowed 10 runs to split the series. The series finale was postponed due to rain and rescheduled as part of a doubleheader on July 16, Miami’s first day out of the All-Star break.

 

Up Next: at Atlanta Braves (39-41)

The Marlins move on from their truncated set against the Phillies to a three-game tilt against Atlanta. The Braves enter this series having handled the division-leading New York Mets. The Marlins can sympathize with New York, considering the 20-2 trouncing felt similar to the 29-9 beatdown the Braves put on Miami last season.

The Braves continue to hover around .500 this season. Atlanta’s record over their last 10 games is 6-4. Over their last 20, 10-10. Their last 30? 15-15. Their home-road splits are near even too, considering the Braves 22-21 at Truist and 17-20 away.

The Marlins sport a solid record against NL East opponents. Following their series split with the Nationals last week, and this split with the Phillies, the Marlins are 15-13 in divisional matchups. They’ve played well against the Braves, winning five of seven in 2021 thus far.

Over their last 10, the Braves are hitting .244, with a 2.86 team ERA, and have outscored opponents by 18. That figure is tilted by the 18-run win over the Mets, a game that single-handedly flipped Atlanta’s run differential to plus-15.

The Marlins enter this series with a 4-6 mark over their last 10, with a batting average of .226 over that span, and a team ERA of 3.17.

Atlanta remains without Marcell Ozuna and Travis d’Arnaud for this series, and could be without Ronald Acuña Jr, who’s day-to-day after being scratched Thursday with back tightness.

The Braves will likely start LHP Drew Smyly (5-3, 4.79 ERA), LHP Kyle Muller (1-1, 2.70 ERA) and RHP Charlie Morton (7-3, 3.74 ERA) this series. Miami will counter with Pablo Lopez (4-4, 2.87 ERA) Friday, who looks to reverse recent struggles against Atlanta. Lopez has allowed 19 earned runs over his last five starts (19.2 IP) versus the Braves.

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Marlins trade Dickerson, Cimber to Toronto

News broke Tuesday morning that the Marlins and Toronto agreed on a trade that sent Corey Dickerson and Adam Cimber to the Blue Jays. In return, the Marlins received veteran infielder Joe Panik and a minor league pitching prospect Andrew McInvale.

The timing of the trade surprised some, considering MLB’s trade deadline remains a month away and Dickerson remains in a walking boot. Miami found itself sinking after a sweep at the hands of the Blue Jaysbefore splitting a four-game series with the Nationals.

For the Marlins, this signals an everyday role for rookie Jesus Sanchez. Cimber, meanwhile, stood among the most likely bullpen arms Miami would have moved at the deadline.

Marlins Make Surprise Trade

 

Considering Dickerson’s lack of production this season, and the fact that he’s injured, this deal comes as something of a surprise. Although fans clamored for the Marlins to make a trade dumping Dickerson, such a deal seemed unlikely.

The 32-year-old outfielder came to Miami as a free agent in 2020. He hit .258 with a .713 OPS, seven home runs and 17 RBI, playing primarily in left field. Many lauded Dickerson for his approach at the plate, but his production dropped off in 2021.

This season, Dickerson managed a .260 batting average and .699 OPS. But he’s done little to drive in runs, connecting on just two home runs and driving in 14 over 224 plate appearances.

His biggest moment with the Marlins remains his clutch, three-run home run off Chicago Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks. Down 1-0 in the seventh, Dickerson’s homer drove in Miguel Rojas and Chad Wallach and gave the Marlins control of that series, which they would sweep.

 

Dickerson signed a two-year, $17.5 million contract with Miami and stood to enter free agency this winter. Although the Marlins are sending some money to Toronto to complete the trade, the Blue Jays are on the hook for the bulk of his remaining salary.

What role Dickerson assumes with Toronto remains to be seen. Should he return from injury, he could provide the Blue Jays with a much-needed left-handed bat for their lineup, though he’ll probably come off the bench for them.

 

Cimber Part of Marlins Trade with Toronto

The Marlins acquired Cimber from the Cleveland Indians last winter for $100K, the figure they would’ve forked over for a Rule 5 selection. The low-risk move panned out for Miami, considering Cimber’s posted a career-low 2.88 ERA over 34.1 IP this season. Marlins GM Kim Ng noted Cimber’s “very unorthodox delivery” during a press conference in December.

 

Although Dickerson steals the headline in this trade, the Marlins inclusion of Cimber should pay immediate dividends for Toronto. The Blue Jays bullpen sports a 3.85 ERA (12th in MLB) and adding Cimber should bolster their middle relief.

 

Return for the Marlins in this Trade

The Marlins landed veteran infielder Joe Panik in this swap. The 30-year-old sports a .246/.293/.351 slash line so far this season, but he’s a contact hitter and another utility player.

Perhaps the most important aspect of Panik’s addition is his bat-to-ball skills. Over his eight-year MLB career, Panik holds a 9.9 strikeout percentage. This season, that figure stands at 11.4 percent. For context, Jon Berti and Isan Diaz, who’ve been the team’s primary third basemen in the wake of Brian Anderson’s injury, have 19.7 and 29.1 percentages respectively this season.

The Marlins have grown tired of the strikeouts and Panik provides a player who should avoid those most of the time.

Panik also provides the Marlins some much-needed infield depth in the wake of this trade. Couple the recent injuries with Diaz’s inability to produce at the Major League level and the rotating cast of minor league fill-ins, and the Marlins knew they needed to bolster the bench for any serious summer run.

Panik plays all over the infield, though most of his defensive innings this season have come at third base. Though not an elite defensive third baseman by any stretch, Panik does hold a Gold Glove as a second baseman from his time with the San Francisco Giants. He was also an All-Star and World Series champ with the Giants. He’ll be a free agent this winter.

 

New Pitching Prospect

The Marlins trade of Dickerson and Cimber to Toronto also netted them a low-level pitching prospect. Andrew McInvale, a right-handed reliever out of Liberty University, flipped to Miami as part of the deal that saw Toronto take on most of Dickerson’s contract.

In his only season at Liberty, McInvale posted a 10-3 record with a 3.41 ERA over 103 innings for the ASUN Champion. He started 17 games, with 101 strikeouts and 40 walks. McInvale earned 2019 ASUN All-Conference second-team honors and was named to the 2019 ASUN All-Tournament.

McInvale was a 37th-round pick in the 2019 draft by the Blue Jays. With Double-A New Hampshire this season, McInvale has posted a 2.55 ERA with 34 strikeouts over 24.2 IP. He’s a hard thrower that relies almost exclusively on a fastball-slider combination. McInvale needs to sharpen command and control and could be headed to Double-A Pensacola.

 

What It All Means

Despite being 8.5 games back of the division lead and 11 games under .500, the Marlins believe they are still in this race. The team wants to win now, and this move provides them with some clarity in the outfield and much-needed depth in the infield.

Sanchez has earned an everyday look in left. He reached base safely in all four against Washington, going 4-for-13, with a double, two RBI and two walks in that series. Perhaps most importantly, he struck out just twice in 16 plate appearances (13 percent). That K-rate stands in stark contrast to his career 38 percent rate. Cutting down on K’s remains key to Sanchez’s success, considering he sports a .296 batting-average-on-balls-in-play.

Panik may take over the everyday role at third, or platoon with Berti until Anderson’s return in (hopefully) late July. Panik could also spell any of the regulars across the infield. His ability to avoid strikeouts will be his most important contribution to the lineup.

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