Miami Marlins Morning News: Marcell Ozuna a Different Player in 2016

Marcell Ozuna has turned himself around and is a completely different player this year. Last year Ozuna took the game too lightly, was overweight and ended the season with a .259 average with 10 home runs and 44 RBIs. Ozuna blamed himself for his down and rather disappointing year. Marcell Ozuna has turned himself around and is a completely different player this year. Last year...
Via Fish Stripes
1 hour ago

Ozuna beating shift during on-base streak

Shift Marcell Ozuna at your own risk. Opposing teams are learning that the hard way as the Marlins' center fielder remains one of the hottest hitters in the Majors.
14 hours ago

Yelich, Giancarlo not being rushed back

Progress is coming in stages for Marlins outfielders Christian Yelich and Giancarlo Stanton. Both swung the bat on Friday in warmups, but no exact return date to the lineup has been set.
20 hours ago

Jose Fernandez is getting strikeouts in rarefied air

Jose Fernandez is getting more and more strikeouts, and he is approaching a level few pitchers reach in that skill. Yesterday, Jose Fernandez struck out 12 batters in a Miami Marlins win over the Tampa Bay Rays. The Fish took the Citrus Series over the Rays with three wins in four games and won that final contest 9-1 with Jose Fernandez on the mound. Fernandez's 12 strikeouts put...
Via Fish Stripes
1 day ago

No Giancarlo and Yelich? No problem for lineup

There were no speed bumps for the Marlins' offense the past two days with Giancarlo Stanton and Christian Yelich out.
1 day ago

Marlins call Nick Wittgren back up from minors

The Miami Marlins announced today that they have called reliever Nick Wittgren back up to the big leagues from the Triple-A New Orleans Zephyrs. Wittgren made his big league debut with Miami earlier this season, pitching 5.2 innings across four relief appearances, pitching to an ERA of 3.18 and a FIP of 5.74. With the Zephyrs this season, Wittgren has locked opponents down with a...
Via Today's Knuckleball
2 days ago

Giancarlo Stanton not in lineup vs. Rays Wednesday

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton has right side soreness and was out of the lineup for Wednesday night's game at Tampa Bay."There was a little bit of this going on in spring training at different times so at this point I'm not really that concerned," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said."Hopefully it's not something major, it's a day or two. I think...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Giancarlo Stanton’s Concerning Contact Rate

Giancarlo Stanton has always had a lot of swing and miss in his game, offsetting all the whiffs with ridiculous power displays on his way to being one of the game’s elite sluggers. So when you look at Stanton’s 2016 numbers, it’s easy to just look at the overall line (which includes a 115 wRC+) and note the unsustainably low .256 BABIP — he’s at .324 for his career, given...
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Puig benched for not hustling, cracks Don Mattingly joke

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig was yanked from Tuesday night’s game against the Cincinnati Reds for admiring a long RBI single. Puig smoked a ball off the right field wall in the bottom of the sixth, scoring Trayce Thompson to give the Dodgers a 4-2 lead. When he hit it, Puig clearly thought he had an opposite-field home run, so he admired the shot for a moment. That...
Via Larry Brown Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The Miami Marlins are reportedly suing some of their season ticket holders and vendors

The Miami Marlins appear to be simply a bottom-line business to owner Jeffrey Loria.Which is apparently why the team is suing some of their season-ticket holders, luxury suite owners and vendors who have decided not to renew their deals at Marlins Park, according to the Miami New Times:"The Marlins have sued at least nine season ticketholders and luxury suite owners since 2013. That...
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Miami Marlins suing nine season ticket holders, two vendors

Yes, you read that headline right. The Miami Marlins, a Major League Baseball team, are suing nine of their season ticket holders and two vendors. Miami sits at 23-21 this season and is fourth place in the National League East, three and a half games back of the 27-18 Washington Nationals. The Marlins are averaging 20,508 fans per game, which puts them at 26th out of the 30 MLB...
Via The Comeback
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton feeling good as he works through slump

MIAMI (AP) -- Everything about Giancarlo Stanton is epic: his physique, his contract, the distance of his home runs.And his latest slump.The Miami Marlins' $325 million slugger began the week 1 for 21 over the past six games with one single, one walk and 17 strikeouts.His numbers over the past 15 games weren't much better: 5 for 52 with 28 strikeouts and one RBI."I keep working at...
Via Associated Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Miami Marlins should use Ichiro more often for short-term success

It might be a bit of a surprise to see that the Miami Marlins are fourth in the MLB in batting average and sixth in on-base percentage. About half of their games have been without Dee Gordon, who vaulted the team’s eighth-ranked batting average last year, due to his suspension. Miami’s outfield, in particular, has looked great at the plate. Except it is not the combination imagined...
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Starting rotation turning the corner for Miami Marlins

The first 40 games of the 2016 season for the Miami Marlins have come and gone and Marlins fans can definitely have some mixed feelings on what the first quarter has brought. There have been lows, which are highlighted by the surprising suspension of NL batting champion Dee Gordon and the struggles of Adeiny Hechavarria. With the middle of the infield not performing to its potential...
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Marcell Ozuna Breaking Out?

Marcell Ozuna is the third-best outfielder on his team. He can’t match the power and discipline of Giancarlo Stanton, and he can’t match the patient, contact-oriented approach of rising star Christian Yelich. Partially related to those two statements, Yelich and Stanton have signed contracts worth nearly $400 million total while Ozuna, despite possessing more service time than...
Via Fangraphs
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Christian Yelich Is Starting to Soar

You know who’s figuring it out? Christian Yelich! Not that Yelich ever didn’t have it figured out — his big-league career began with three consecutive 117 wRC+ seasons. He was as steady as anyone you could find, but he kept on occasionally hinting at more, and now he’s showing more more often. He’s 24, and he’s being coached by Barry Bonds. People everywhere kind of saw...
Via Fangraphs
9 days ago  |  Discuss

The case for Realmuto as the Miami Marlins leadoff hitter

Dee Gordon will likely be back in the leadoff position for the Miami Marlins once he returns from his 80-game suspension. Without him, Don Mattingly has the chance to experiment with his starting lineup. So far, he has made some interesting combinations. None, however, have been as startling as having J.T. Realmuto in the leadoff spot. Let that sink in. Miami’s starting catcher...
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies fan saves wife from getting drilled in face by foul ball (vid)

A quick-thinking Philadelphia Phillies fan with catlike reflexes narrowly saved his wife from getting drilled in the face with a ball hit into the stands during Monday’s Philadelphia Phillies-Miami Marlins game at Citizens Bank Park. The drama unfolded in the bottom of the 4th inning when Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis fouled a Adam Conley offering up into the stands. The...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Collision leads to inside-the-park home run for Zimmerman

Ryan Zimmerman hit an inside-the-park home run against the Marlins on Sunday, but what led to it could have had disastrous results for Miami. In the bottom of the fourth inning, Zimmerman came up to bat with the Nationals down 2-0. With a full count, Zimmerman hit a line drive off of Jose Fernandez that headed to the gap in right field. Racing towards the ball, Marcell Ozuna and...
Via Larry Brown Sports
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Marlins OF goes on 14-game hitting streak using Barry Bonds' bats

For Miami Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna, one of the benefits of having Barry Bonds as you hitting coach is that you get to use his old bats. Ozuna had five hits in nine at-bats in a doubleheader against the Nationals Saturday, extending his hitting streak to 14 games. Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg jammed Ozuna in the sixth inning and broke his bat, which was delivered to...
Via Fox Sports
13 days ago  |  Discuss

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