Fish Bites: Marlins hit the road at .500

Paul Washington
SB Nation

After a 4-2 homestand versus the Arizona Diamondbacks and Texas Rangers, the Miami Marlins head to Colorado to take on the Rockies and look to gain ground on the Wild Card and NL East races.

Marlins lose ugly one to Texas - Sun Sentinel
"[Stanton] might be the only guy in baseball you stop to watch in batting practice," Texas manager Ron Washington was saying Wednesday.

Martinez, Rangers Top Marlins 5-4 " CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
Nick Martinez allowed two runs over six innings in his homecoming, Alex Rios drove in two runs and the Texas Rangers jumped on Miami early on the way to a 5-4 win.

Quietly, the Marlins are right in the thick of the NL wild-card race - CBSSports.com
Even without Jose Fernandez, the Marlins are right in the thick of the NL wild-card race with less than six weeks left in the season.

The 2014 Miami Marlins: The Dog That Didn’t Bark "
The 2014 season didn’t have to be a moral victory for the Miami Marlins. To a certain extent, it still doesn’t: The Marlins have quietly gone 19-12 since the All-Star break and sit 2.5 games out of the second NL wild-card spot.

David J. Neal: The bottom line: Miami Marlins are building a contender as long as Stanton is re-signed - David J. Neal - MiamiHerald.com

Dan Jennings and Mike Hill must perform the Herculean task of keeping Giancarlo Stanton;s brawny bat from taking the road most traveled by Marlins; prospects who develop into stars. They gained the salary space to do so on those two seemingly dark days in 2012 when the Marlins deconstructed the team built to play in the newly constructed Marlins Park.


AROUND THE LEAGUE:Angels Ace Garrett Richards Leaves With Gruesome Injury - Extra Bases - Boston.com

It was a scary scene in the bottom of the second inning at Fenway Park, when Angels ace Garrett Richards crumpled in a heap as he attempted to cover first base on Brock Holt’s fielder’s choice.

MLB -- What if Atlanta Braves drafted Todd Van Poppel instead of Chipper Jones - ESPN

What if the Braves drafted Todd Van Poppel instead of Chipper Jones? Tim Kurkjian imagines how it could have impacted the National League.

Stephen Strasburg pitches eight innings, Nationals cruise to eighth straight win - The Washington Post

After several nights of drama, Stephen Strasburg helps the Nationals extend their winning streak to eight with a lopsided victory against Arizona.

Lynn, Peralta Lead Cardinals to Sweep of Reds - ABC News

Lance Lynn beat Cincinnati for the third straight time, Jhonny Peralta hit a bases-clearing double and the St. Louis Cardinals topped the Reds 7-3 Wednesday night to complete a three-game sweep.


FROM FISH STRIPES:

Exploring the Adeiny Hechavarria schism - Fish Stripes
There is a contingent of Miami Marlins fans that like Adeiny Hechavarria. There is a contingent of Marlins fans that dislike Hechavarria. What is each side seeing?

The Miami Marlins outfield versus the Pittsburgh Pirates outfield - Fish Stripes
The Miami Marlins' outfield has arguably been the best crew of the season, while the Pittsburgh Pirates' outfield houses the reigning MVP and two of the brightest young players in the game. Who you got?

Miami Marlins Prospects: Checking in on Andrew Heaney - Fish Stripes
A look how Andrew Heaney has performed since being sent down to Triple-A. Is it time to call him back up?

Miami Marlins news: Bullpen thriving since addition of Bryan Morris - Fish Stripes
The Miami Marlins' bullpen has thrived since the organization acquired Bryan Morris from Pittsburgh. Morris has been a consistent setup man and has closed the gap to Steve Cishek.

Richard Justice: "Marlins not going away anytime soon" - Fish Stripes
In his latest piece, MLB.com's Richard Justice discusses how the Marlins got to .500, 14 wins ahead of their 2013 pace, and 3.5 games away from the Wild Card with a blend of young (and improving) talent and proven veterans.

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