With 30 games to go the Marlins are 65-67, they have won as many games through 131 games this year as they did all of last year. The reasons for their success are easy to point out.
Earlier this week Stanton reminded everyone about the Marlins checkered past and just how difficult it is going to be for Miami to sign him to a contract extension this offseason. Senior Editor Ehsan Kassim wrote about it, along with a host of others.
After watching his lineup come up short in Denver more often than he would have liked, manager Mike Redmond decided it was time to shake things up -- moving Marcell Ozuna into the cleanup position and dropping Casey McGehee into the fifth spot -- as the Marlins prepared to open a three-game series against the Angels.
Morris, who was seen leaving the team's clubhouse in street clothes on Tuesday as the Marlins were beginning to take batting practice, informed club officials that he was experiencing discomfort in his hip.
The Marlins may be on the verge of the biggest turnaround in the majors and still in contention for a wild card with a month remaining in the season, but that hasn’t necessarily resonated with its superstar and MVP candidate, Giancarlo Stanton.
Jarred Cosart didn't simply pound the strike zone during Monday night's late start against the Angels. He beat it into submission. In topping the Angels, Cosart became just the third pitcher in club history to throw 80 or more strikes while totaling 107 pitches or fewer in a game. The Angels had faced Cosart twice this season while he was still with the Astros. They saw a different guy.
Having trouble recalling the last time Henderson Alvarez took a loss after completing six or more innings? That's because it hadn't happened this season until Wednesday.
The Marlins got nine games and 35 at-bats out of projected leadoff hitter Rafael Furcal. They found a replacement in Christian Yelich. In turning himself into one of the league's most productive table-setters, Yelich merely re-affirmed what the Marlins already knew: It's a temporary assignment.
The Marlins received some encouraging news regarding reliever Bryan Morris. After being examined back in Miami, the hard-throwing right-hander was diagnosed with a strained right groin, and the club is hopeful he won't miss an extended period of time.
In his 117th game and 431st at-bat, Adeiny Hechavarria connected on his first home run of the season Wednesday night. Naturally, the Miami shortstop was met by the mandatory "silent treatment" in the dugout. Unfortunately for the Marlins, their offense remained silent the rest of the night.
Speculation is coming at a rapid rate, but there is one constant about Giancarlo Stanton's stance when it comes to questions about his future. The Marlins slugger is dealing in the here and now. Anything else must wait.
Around The League
With uncertainty surrounding Anibal Sanchez's return from a strained right pectoral muscle, the Tigers were in serious need of another starter to give them a fighting chance at success in that rotation spot. Kyle Lobstein filled that role splendidly on Thursday.
Shin-Soo Choo is scheduled to undergo surgery on Friday to have a bone spur removed from his left elbow. On the same day, Alex Rios is expected to be back in the lineup after dealing with a badly bruised right thumb.
The catcher's glove popped with good velocity as Masahiro Tanaka worked off the mound on a sunny Thursday morning at Comerica Park, and while the hurler's stuff showed some rust, the Yankees came away with excitement about what might be around the corner.
Before Saturday's Dodgers game at Petco Park, the Padres will induct into their Hall of Fame a player who was once considered an unsuccessful Minor League shortstop. Who knew Trevor Hoffman would turn into one of the greatest closers of all time? So, who's to say Kenley Jansen won't do the same?
At Fish Stripes
-Giancarlo Stanton: "Five months doesn't change five years" - Fish Stripes
On Monday afternoon, as his club prepared to take on the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Giancarlo Stanton was asked whether the Marlins' success in 2014 has changed his opinion of the franchise. His answer was eye-opening.
-Miami Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton: 'No answer to what my future is' - Fish Stripes
Giancarlo Stanton opened eyes around the league when he told Yahoo! Sports five months of winning doesn't make up for five years of losing baseball. Stanton eventually clarified his initial remarks, saying they were taken out of context.
Had Giancarlo Stanton come around a few years earlier or a few years later, his outlook on the team may not have been so morbid.
Despite being in the early stages of his Marlins career, Jarred Cosart has already made a huge impact on the team's rotation by his ability to dominate the strike-zone.
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