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Thu. July 31, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Stanton clubbed his 24th home run and swiped his 10th base of the year during Wednesday's loss to the Nationals.
Impact: Stanton continues to extend his career-best stolen base total, cracking double digits for the first time through just 107 games in 2014. Of course, the power has been as steady as ever during the slugger's MVP-caliber campaign. Stanton owns a .293/.394/.541 slash with 24 home runs and 72 RBI over 399 at-bats as he continues to elevate his game to the next level.
Thu. July 31, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hand fired seven strong innings against the Nationals on Wednesday but was dealt his third loss of the season after allowing three runs on five hits and two walks.
Impact: Coming off his best start of the season, Hand cruised through seven innings of one-run ball with two strikeouts before allowing a pair of base runners in the eighth. The bullpen failed to bail him out and Hand ended up walking away with the loss. Hand has been solid since returning to the rotation, notching four quality starts in his last five turns. He'll carry a 4.15 ERA and 1.45 WHIP into his next start Tuesday at Pittsburgh
Wed. July 30, 2014 | STATS
News: Alvarez threw seven innings of three-hit ball to beat Washington 3-0 on Tuesday.
Impact: Alvarez has allowed two runs or fewer in all but one of his last 13 starts.
Wed. July 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Saltalamacchia is out of the lineup Wednesday vs. the Nationals, Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Impact: The Marlins will rest Saltalamacchia with the team playing a day game after a night game. Salty's production has come to a standstill in July; he's batting just .190 with three homers over 63 at-bats this month.
Wed. July 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Lucas was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans on Tuesday, the Miami Herald reports.
Impact: Lucas was optioned back on July 20 so the Marlins could add an extra arm to the bullpen and now brings his .239/.276/.277 slash line back to a utility role. He had seen semi-regular playing time at second base in the weeks prior to his demotion, but with Jordany Valdespin and Donovan Solano now in the mix, at-bats for Lucas at the keystone may be few and far between.
Wed. July 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Johnson singled and scored a valuable insurance run for the Marlins after entering as a pinch hitter in Tuesday's win over the Nationals.
Impact: With Miami boasting a trio of talented young outfielders and Jordany Valdespin's recent time in the outfield, there just have not been many at-bats for Johnson who has made just one start since the beginning of July. The sparse playing time has not been helpful to Johnson's batting line, and he's largely struggled for the past month, but with pinch-hits in back-to-back games perhaps Johnson is turning things around at the dish.
Wed. July 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Valdespin collected two hits and scored a run in Tuesday's win over the Nationals.
Impact: Since being recalled, Valdespin has started in eight of 10 games for the Marlins, seeing time at both second base and in the outfield. He's not the most disciplined hitter, but does offer a solid combination of power and speed at the dish. He's also been seeing plenty of time batting out of the second spot in the Marlins' order, a position that should keep him fairly productive when in the lineup. It is worth noting, however, that Ed Lucas was recalled earlier this week and his presence could eat into the available at-bats at second base, which Valdespin was already splitting with Donovan Solano.
Wed. July 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Stanton went 2-for-3 with a walk,a double and two RBI in Tuesday's win over the Nationals.
Impact: Though Stanton's power production has certainly dropped off -- he has just seven home runs since the start of June after hitting eight in both April and May -- Giancarlo continues to pace towards a career year. He's posted a dominating .293/.393/.535 slash this season over 396 at-bats with 23 home runs, 25 doubles and 71 RBI in 106 games.
Tue. July 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Alvarez hurled another gem Tuesday in his start against the Nationals, as he pitched seven shutout innings, allowing just three hits and four walks while striking out four batters to pick up his eighth (8-5) win of the year.
Impact: Alvarez has continued to surprise and his 2.48 ERA now ranks fourth in the NL. Granted he has only 83 strikeouts in 137.2 innings, Alvarez nevertheless is getting results. He will face the Reds at home Sunday in his next start.
Tue. July 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cishek picked up his 27th save of the year Tuesday against the Nationals, throwing a scoreless ninth inning while allowing two hits and striking out two batters in the appearance.
Impact: Cishek has been phenomenal of late. In his last eight appearances (spanning eight innings) Cishek has racked up seven saves, allowing just one run on four hits and one walk while striking out 12 batters. With just three blown saves on the year and 57 strikeouts in 46.1 innings, Cishek should continue to be a closer you can trust.
Tue. July 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Marisnick was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans after Tuesday's game.
Impact: He was called up on Monday, so this stay with the Marlins was short lived. He has yet to find success with the big league club, but many evaluators believe he has the tools to be a factor in both home runs and steals, although it's unlikely the batting average will ever be anything special. Barring a trade, Marisnick may remain with New Orleans until September, as Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna and Giancarlo Stanton have the outfield spots all covered in Miami.
Tue. July 29, 2014 | STATS
News: Eovaldi was again knocked around in Monday's game against Washington.
Impact: Eovaldi, who allowed five runs over 5 1-3 innings, is 0-3 with a 6.69 ERA over his last six starts.
Tue. July 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jones is not in the lineup Tuesday versus the Nationals.
Impact: After starting the past three days, Jones will take a seat as the Marlins face Stephen Strasburg. Despite riding a six-game hitting streak, Jones has struggled overall in the month of July, batting just .221 with five RBI and 13 strikeouts. Jeff Baker will get the start at first base Tuesday.
Tue. July 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jones doubled, tripled, drove in two and scored a run in Miami's win over the Nationals on Monday.
Impact: The first baseman has a six-game hitting streak, during which he is 9-for-26 (.346) with a home run and five RBI. For the season, Jones has posted a .255/.319/.426 slash with 11 home runs, 41 runs scored and 41 RBI in 97 games.
Mon. July 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hechavarria went 2-for-4 with one RBI, two runs scored and one triple Monday against the Nationals.
Impact: Don't look now, but Hechavarria is currently on a seven-game hitting streak. He has yet to hit a home run this season and only has 20 RBI, but he has improved some offensively as he is currently batting .275 after posting a .227 average last season.
Mon. July 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ozuna went 2-for-4 with two RBI and one run scored Monday against the Nationals.
Impact: Ozuna has recorded back-to-back two-hit games and continues to be one of the leaders for the Marlins' offense as he is hitting .272 with 16 home runs and 57 RBI overall.
Mon. July 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Eovaldi did not record a decision Monday against the Nationals as he pitched 5.1 innings and allowed five runs, six hits and two walks to go along with three strikeouts.
Impact: Eovaldi was in line for the loss Monday, but the Marlins staged a furious ninth-inning rally to save him from that. After an impressive start to the season, he has hit a rough patch as he has allowed 18 runs over his last 16.1 innings.
Mon. July 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Solano is out of the lineup Monday against the Nationals.
Impact: Solano started every game for Miami during the series against the Astros, but will take a seat in favor of Jordany Valdespin on Monday night. As a utility player, Valdespin represents an immediate threat to Solano's reps, as he could see several more starts at second base when he's not playing the outfield.
Mon. July 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Marisnick was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans on Monday.
Impact: Marisnick hit just .170 over a previous stint with the Marlins this season, as he was utilized in center field while Christian Yelich was on the DL. He's posted modest numbers in the Pacific Coast League this season, slashing .278/.327/.436 over 88 games with the Zephyrs. The 23-year-old has started to heat up of late, however, logging four multi-hit efforts in his last 10 games. He'll serve as a reserve outfielder this time around.
Mon. July 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jones connected with a solo home run -- his 11th of the season -- to lead the Marlins over the Astros on Sunday.
Impact: Slashing at a .252/.317/.416 rate, Jones is enjoying a bounce-back season in Miami. Jones is perhaps best suited for a platoon role with each of his 11 home runs coming against right-handed pitching. Miami's lack of depth, however, pushes the veteran first baseman into the lineup more often than not.
Mon. July 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ozuna went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's win over the Astros.
Impact: Ozuna's 16th blast of the year proved to be the game winner for the Marlins as they polished off a 6-1 road trip. Though Ozuna's strikeout rate is up significantly from his rookie season, the slugging outfielder has greatly improved his power stroke, slugging .456 over 371 at-bats a year after posting a .389 SLG in 275 at-bats. Overall, he's batting .270 with 49 runs scored, 55 RBI and three steals to go along with the 16 bombs over 102 games.
July 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cishek tallied his 26th save of the season Sunday against the Astros as his efforts yielded one earned run and one strikeout.
Impact: Cishek has been a reliable source for saves this season down in Miami.
July 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Turner struck out four and picked up the win Sunday after allowing six hits and one earned run in 5.2 innings.
Impact: Despite not making it out of the sixth inning, Turner still had to throw 96 pitches against the Astros on Sunday. It was his second win in a row, and he'll look to continue the string of success when he toes the rubber in the Marlins' upcoming series with the Reds.
Sun. July 27, 2014 | STATS
News: Koehler improved to 7-7 on Saturday night.
Impact: Koehler gave up three runs and nine hits with two strikeouts in five innings. He draws the Reds next.
Sun. July 27, 2014 | STATS
News: Yelich went 2 for 4 with two runs scored and a steal Saturday night.
Impact: Yelich is 9 for 24 on the trip for Miami.
Sun. July 27, 2014 | STATS
News: Stanton hit a three-run double Saturday night.
Impact: Stanton, 3 for 8 in the series, said a sweep against the Astros would put the Marlins in a good position. "We have to get sweeps in series like this," Stanton said.
July 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Saltalamacchia is out of the lineup for Sunday's series finale against the Astros, Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.
Impact: Saltalamacchia will take a seat Sunday in favor of Jeff Mathis, who will bat eighth for the Marlins.
July 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hatcher tossed a scoreless ninth inning to help the Marlins secure a victory over the Astros on Saturday.
Impact: He allowed one hit and struck out one while working with a four-run lead. Hatcher got the call over closer Steve Cishek, who had thrown in five of the teams' last six games, after Jordany Valdespin homered in the ninth to extend the Marlins' lead. While Hatcher remains a bit down in the bullpen pecking order, he has posted a strong 3.26 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 32 strikeouts in 30.1 innings this season. He certainly did not hurt his stock Saturday by polishing off a run of four scoreless innings from Miami relievers in the win.
July 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Yelich went 2-for-4 with a walk, a steal, two runs scored and one RBI in Saturday's win over the Astros.
Impact: The 23-year-old left fielder continues to do it all atop the lineup for Miami and his July binge (30-for-88) has brought his slash to a robust .280/.358/.423 over 343 at-bats this season. Yelich has added 27 extra-base hits and 13 steals to his season line while scoring 58 runs in 85 games. Most notably, Yelich has improved his work against left-handed pitching in his sophomore campaign, batting .306 with a .362 OBP in 2014 after posting a meager .165 average and .245 OBP against them last season.
July 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Valdespin ripped a two-run home run -- his first of the season -- in Saturday's victory over the Astros.
Impact: The home run came off Chad Qualls to extend the Marlins' lead in the ninth. In his first work in the outfield for Miami, Valdespin got the start in center field before later moving over to right to finish the game. He has been sharing time with Donovan Solano at second base over the past week and will continue to see semi-regular playing time with Derek Dietrich (wrist) on the shelf.
Sat. July 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ozuna is not in the lineup Saturday against the Astros, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Jordany Valdespin will start in center field in place of Ozuna, who has just one hit in 15 at-bats in his last four games. Despite his recent struggles, Ozuna is still batting .267/.317/.447 with 15 homers on the year and his everyday job likely isn't in jeopardy.
Sat. July 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Stanton made his lone hit of the night count Saturday, swatting a three-run double in the second inning off Astros starter Jarred Cosart.
Impact: Stanton's two-out double was all the Marlins would need in this one, as they went on to win 7-3. He now has 23 home runs, 69 RBI, and 66 runs scored -- all of which are team highs -- as well as nine swipes and a .295 average in 386 at-bats this season.
Sat. July 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Koehler (7-7) surrendered three runs on nine hits while striking out two and not issuing a walk across five innings in Saturday's road win over the Astros.
Impact: The third-year righty is back up to .500 with the victory despite his ERA rising slightly from 3.85 to 3.91 to go with a 1.25 WHIP in 21 starts (124.1 innings) this season. Also, even though his K:BB is an unspectacular 97:47, this was the fourth time this year Koehler hasn't given up a free pass. He'll take the hill again Thursday when the Marlins host the Reds.
Sat. July 26, 2014 | STATS
News: Hand threw seven strong innings in Friday's 2-0 victory at Houston.
Impact: Hand has now won back-to-back starts behind a 1.26 ERA.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mathis knocked in the game-winning run against the Astros on Friday as he went 1-for-4 with two RBI.
Impact: The Marlins catcher got the start behind the plate on Friday as Jarrod Saltalamacchia got the start at DH. Mathis hasn't done much with the bat, but could see more at-bats in the future due to his defensive skills. Consider any production from Mathis' bat as a bonus if he's in your lineup.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cishek picked up his 25th save of the season on Friday against the Astros as he struck out two hitters in a perfect ninth inning.
Impact: Since Cishek gave up three earned runs during a July 9 blown save, he has been spectacular. The Marlins closer, who has picked up four saves in his last five opportunities, has struck out eight batters in six innings while not allowing a run during that span. Cishek has again secured his role as one of the more reliable closers in the game this season.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hand (2-2) combined for a three-hit shutout win while striking out four hitters over 7.1 innings on Friday against the Astros.
Impact: Hand got some help from pitchers Bryan Morris and Steve Cishek but the night was his for the most part. Since Hand was inserted into the Marlins rotation on July 3 after returning from injury, he has lowered his season ERA from 6.21 to 4.19. Don't expect the run to continue for the rest of the season, but Hand is a decent spot-start option against weaker teams like the Astros.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | STATS
News: Alvarez earned his seventh win of the season in Thursday's 3-2 victory at Atlanta.
Impact: Alvarez is 5-2 with a 1.89 ERA over his last 12 games.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jones is not in the lineup Friday against the Astros, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Manager Mike Redmond has been sitting the 33-year-old against lefties over the past month or so, and considering Jones' .483 OPS against southpaws, it's not a surprise the skipper is doing so again Friday even with the DH option available to him in Houston.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mathis, who started for the Marlins on Sunday and Tuesday, could see an increase in playing time behind the plate, the Miami Herald reports.
Impact: This has more to do with Jarrod Saltalamacchia's defensive struggles than anything else, but the playing time shift is worth noting. Redmond -- a former catcher -- noted, "it's hot out there and we're getting late in the season... [I'm] trying to keep Salty fresh as we can." Mathis has posted a pitiful .198/.286/.274 slash over 106 at-bats but provides quality work defensively and should see a couple of starts a week down the stretch.
Thu. July 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Saltalamacchia doubled twice and also delivered the game-winning hit in the top of the ninth inning Thursday against Atlanta.
Impact: Saltalamacchia singled against Braves closer Craig Kimbrel, scoring Marcell Ozuna to break a 2-2 tie. He collected more than two hits in a game for the first time since May 16, when he banged out four singles at San Francisco.
Thu. July 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Alvarez pitched eight strong innings at Atlanta on Thursday, allowing just two runs and six hits en route to his seventh win of the season. He issued one walk and struck out four, tossing 101 pitches.
Impact: Alvarez left Saturday's game after just 2.2 innings when he took a one-hopper off his shin, but he looked just fine against the Braves on Thursday, with the only damage he allowed coming on a two-run homer off the bat of Chris Johnson. The young righty continues to induce ground balls at a prodigious clip (2.51 GB/FB ratio), and has an above average fastball in terms of velocity (93.6 mph), although that hasn't translated into many strikeouts this season. In any event, Alvarez has been a reliable and effective starter this year, and will look to keep things going in his next start against the Nationals.
Thu. July 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cishek pitched a perfect ninth inning Thursday at Atlanta to earn his 24th save of the season.
Impact: Cishek really enjoys pitching at Turner Field, as he hasn't given up a run in 15 career games, a span of 13.1 innings, while converting all eight save opportunities. There are rumors that Cishek might get dealt before the trade deadline, so his value could change in the near future.
Thu. July 24, 2014 | STATS
News: Yelich went 2 for 3 in Wednesday's 6-1 loss at Atlanta.
Impact: Yelich continues to enjoy success at the plate, batting .381 over his last 24 games with 14 RBIs.
Thu. July 24, 2014 | STATS
News: Eovaldi's season continued its downward spiral Wednesday as he was charged with five runs and six hits over seven innings of a 6-1 loss at Atlanta.
Impact: Eovaldi is 1-4 with a 6.19 ERA over his last eight starts. Prior to that he had been 4-2 with a 3.05 ERA.
Thu. July 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gregg (elbow) has yet to resume throwing and is likely to stay on the disabled list beyond the 15-day minimum, the Miami Herald reports.
Impact: Manager Mike Redmond failed to offer an updated timeline on Gregg, but the fact that he is not yet throwing does not bode well for his recovery from elbow inflammation. The Marlins can't be missing Gregg's 10.00 ERA and 1.78 WHIP too badly in the back end of the bullpen, an area that has been a bright spot for the team all season.
Thu. July 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Furcal (hamstring) has not yet resumed baseball activities, the Miami Herald reports.
Impact: Furcal was placed on the 60-day DL on July 19 to clear space on the 40-man roster and is not eligible to return until Aug. 20. It's Furcal's second stint on the 60-day DL this season, and it's looking less likely by the day that he'll provide any meaningful impact for the Marlins.
Thu. July 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Dietrich (wrist) has yet to resume baseball activites and remains without a timeline for return, reports the Miami Herald.
Impact: Dietrich was put on the shelf in early July and remains a question mark in the near term. He was slumping significantly prior to his injury, knocking just one hit in his final 19 at-bats before being disabled, so a lengthy rehab stint seems likely once he is deemed fit. Donovan Solano and Jordany Valdespin will continue to share time at second base while Dietrich is sidelined.
Thu. July 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Yelich knocked two hits Wednesday and stole his 12th base of the season in a loss to the Braves.
Impact: That makes three straight two-hit efforts for Yelich and four in his last five games. The outfielder continues to sizzle in July, batting .360/.429/.453 with 14 runs scored and nine RBI in 18 games. Yelich is enjoying a breakout season, as he's batting .282/.360/.430 with eight home runs and 12 steals atop the Marlins' lineup.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Eovaldi (5-6) was stuck with the loss Wednesday against the Braves, giving up five runs on six hits with two walks and two strikeouts over seven innings.
Impact: It was suprising Eovaldi lasted to the seventh after giving up five runs in the first two frames. The back-breaker was a three-run home run by Freddie Freeman in the second, and the Miami offense couldn't bail him out. Eovaldi has allowed 13 runs in his last two starts, bringing his season ERA to 4.20 with 90:26 K:BB ratio in 130.2 innings. The right-hander will face Washington on Monday.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | STATS
News: Stanton was 2 for 4 with his 66th RBI of the season in a 6-5 win at Atlanta on Tuesday.
Impact: Stanton still leads the league in RBIs despite recording just four in his last 13 contests.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Solano will earn his second straight start at second base Wednesday vs. the Braves, MLB.com's Joe Frisaro reports.
Impact: Jordany Valdespin remains in the mix for primary duties at second base while Derek Dietrich and Rafael Furcal remain on the DL, but Solano earned himself another nod by virtue of his performance Tuesday night. He reached base in all five plate appearances, singling three times and doubling and walking once.
Tue. July 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Saltalamacchia is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Braves, according to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro.
Impact: Saltalamacchia has four hits and a home run over his last three games, but he will get the night off with lefty Mike Minor on the mound for the Braves. Jeff Mathis will start behind the plate in Saltalamacchia's place.
Tue. July 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jones is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Braves, according to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro.
Impact: Jones knocked in the game-winning runs in Monday's game, but he will be held out Tuesday with left-hander Mike Minor on the mound for the Braves. Jeff Baker will start at first base in Jones' place.
Tue. July 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Turner gave up two runs on four hits and two walks in five innings Tuesday while fanning four Braves and picking up his third win of the season.
Impact: It wasn't an overly impressive outing by Turner, but Mike Minor gave up six runs and lasted just three innings, so a win was there for the taking if Turner could log five innings, which he just managed. His ERA is 6.03, but coming into play, he had a 3.84 FIP and a staggering .365 BABIP (compared to a career .300 BABIP), which suggest he's not been quite this abysmal. Still, given his unimpressive 15.3 percent K-rate, his upside is limited.
Tue. July 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cishek struck out a pair of Braves during a perfect 10th inning Monday on the way to his 22nd save of the year.
Impact: Since getting touched up for three earned runs without recording an out in his last appearance before the All-Star break, Cishek has cobbled together three straight scoreless, hitless frames. He's allowed just one walk with four strikeouts over that time as he continues to recover from a brief rough patch to close the first half. Cishek's name perennially pops up in trade rumors this time of year, but if the Marlins can put together a strong week, it's unlikely that the team will sell off any major pieces.
Tue. July 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Saltalamacchia launched a solo home run, his only hit in five at-bats, during Monday's win over the Braves.
Impact: Despite four strikeouts, Salty's 10th homer was good enough to carry the Marlins into extra innings and set the stage for a 10th-inning victory over their division rivals. Batting just .225/.325/.403, Saltalamacchia's bat has shown signs of life since the All-Star break. The catcher is 4-for-12 in his past three games but has also stuck out seven times over that span with just one walk. Saltalamacchia needs to show improved patience at the plate to have an offensive impact down the stretch.
Mon. July 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Morris earned the win out of the bullpen Monday, pitching a scoreless ninth inning.
Impact: Morris allowed a hit and walked one, but was able to escape trouble to earn his seventh win of the season. Since coming to the Marlins from the Pirates mid-season, Morris has been masterful, allowing just one earned run in 25.1 innings out of the bullpen.
Mon. July 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jones played the hero Monday night, singling home a pair in the 10th inning to give the Marlins a 3-1 win against the Braves.
Impact: Jones also singled earlier in the game. The first baseman has struggled in July, hitting .167 this month with just three RBI. Monday's heroics could be a sign of better things to come for Jones following the All-Star break.
Mon. July 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Koehler pitched well in a no-decision Monday, holding the Braves to one run in 6.2 innings.
Impact: Koehler struck out seven in the outing while allowing five hits. The righty now has five quality starts in his last six outings -- excluding a brutal outing against Arizona. He'll look to even his record at 7-7 when he faces the Astros this weekend.
Mon. July 21, 2014 | STATS
News: McGehee had two hits Sunday to hike his average to .322.
Impact: McGehee came in with 118 hits and 54 RBIs, and his two-run homer in the first inning was his first since May 10.
Mon. July 21, 2014 | STATS
News: Hand gave the Marlins' shaky rotation a welcome boost by pitching seven innings to match a career high, and he allowed two runs Sunday.
Impact: Hand earned his first victory as a starter since 2011. The left-hander had been 1-12 previously as a starter. Hand allowed six hits and one walk. He has a 3.22 ERA in four starts since rejoining the rotation.
Mon. July 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Alvarez (leg) has been cleared to take the mound for his scheduled start Thursday vs. the Astros, Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald reports.
Impact: Alvarez was removed from Saturday's game after taking a one-hopper off the shin, but he apparently checked out fine when he was reevaluated Monday. The 24-year-old has produced a sparkling 2.64 ERA and 1.25 WHIP despite only whiffing 75 batters over 122.2 innings, but he could end up becoming a useful source for strikeouts Thursday. As a team, the Astros have struck out in a league-worst 23.7 percent of their plate appearances.
Mon. July 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Morris tossed a scoreless eighth inning in Sunday's win over the Giants.
Impact: Since joining the Miami bullpen in early June, Morris has been light out, allowing just one earned run in 24.1 innings pitched. Overall, he has notched a 2.06 ERA and 1.27 WHIP with 35 strikeouts in 48 innings between Miami and Pittsburgh this season. He collected his eighth hold on Sunday and could be an interesting name to monitor in the coming weeks now that Steve Cishek's name is beginning to be tossed around in trade rumors. Morris joins A.J. Ramos and Kevin Gregg (elbow) as the leading candidates to take over the closer role in the event that Cishek is injured or traded.
Sun. July 20, 2014 | STATS
News: Yelich had two hits Saturday.
Impact: Yelich is sizzling with a .373 mark during a 12-game hit streak.
Sun. July 20, 2014 | STATS
News: Saltalamacchia had two hits Saturday.
Impact: Saltalamacchia is hitting .226 and it's a wonder he is still in the big leagues.
July 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cishek struck out one in a perfect ninth inning to pick up his 21st save of the season Sunday.
Impact: Cishek holds a 3.57 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP with 47 strikeouts in 40.1 innings this season.
July 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: McGehee hit his second home run of the season Sunday against San Francisco, going 2-for-4 with two RBI.
Impact: Despite the lack of power, McGehee has still managed to rack up an impressive 56 RBI. He's slashing .322/.387/.399 this year.
July 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hand picked up his first win of the season Sunday over San Francisco, throwing seven innings and giving up two runs on six hits and a walk while striking out four.
Impact: Hand has been serviceable for the Marlins since entering the rotation to start July. He'll take a 4.86 ERA and 1.64 WHIP into his next start at Houston.
July 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Turner will slot back into the Miami rotation, Jacob Feldman of the Miami Herald reports.
Impact: Turner was 2-4 with a woeful 6.38 ERA over his nine starts with the Marlins earlier in the season, but the team hasn't given up hope on the 23-year-old reemerging as a viable long-term rotation piece. While he certainly has time to improve, Turner's propensity for blowups and his lack of strikeout stuff limit his fantasy upside.
July 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Stanton was 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Saturday's loss to the Giants.
Impact: Saturday's homer was the 23rd of the season for Stanton, who leads the National League in the category. It was his second home run in two days after not hitting one for three weeks.
July 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Saltalamacchia is not in the lineup Sunday against the Giants.
Impact: Saltalamacchia has started both games since the All-Star break for the Marlins, but will take a seat in favor of Jeff Mathis on Sunday afternoon. Chalk it up as a regular day off for the Miami backstop.
July 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Valdespin went 1-for-4 in his Marlins debut in a loss to the Giants on Saturday.
Impact: The infielder seems likely to take over the heavy side of Miami's second base platoon for the time being now that Ed Lucas has been sent down to the minors. Valdespin's bat has been inconsistent throughout his major league career, holding a .220/.271/.378 slash line over 328 at-bats, but he showed an enticing combo of power and speed in the minors this season with eight home runs and 15 steals in 61 games for Triple-A New Orleans.
July 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ramos tossed a scoreless ninth inning Saturday in his return to action.
Impact: Ramos was forced to the disabled list July 1 with a shoulder injury and looked strong in his first appearance since June 26. Despite some control issues this season (29 walks in 39.1 innings pitched) Ramos holds a solid 2.11 ERA and has struck out 42 batters while serving as the Marlins' primary setup man.
July 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ozuna doubled, tripled and scored a run in Saturday's loss to the Giants.
Impact: The double followed a Giancarlo Stanton home run in the ninth inning and Ozuna would come around to score before the Giants extinguished the comeback threat. Ozuna continues to flash an improved power stroke during his sophomore campaign, slashing .275/.322/.467 over 345 at-bats. He's racked up 33 extra-base hits while scoring 46 runs and driving in 53 in 94 games this season.
July 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Yelich went 2-for-4 with a run scored in Saturday's loss to the Giants.
Impact: Currently riding a 12-game hitting streak, Yelich has been a consistent force atop the Marlins lineup. In 15 games since returning from a brief DL stint on June 29, the left fielder is batting .344/.400/.484. He's scored 11 runs and plated seven with two home runs and a steal over that time.
July 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Lucas was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans on Sunday, MLB.com's Joe Frisaro reports.
Impact: Lucas slashed .239/.276/.277 through 155 at-bats with the Marlins this season. When a roster spot was needed to recall a fifth starter in the rotation, the 32-year-old infielder was deemed expendable. He may end up with the club again down the road if the Marlins find themselves in need of an extra infielder.
Sat. July 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Furcal (hamstring) was transferred to the 60-day DL on Saturday, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Furcal had previously expressed hope that he could make it back within six weeks after suffering the hamstring injury on June 21, but this move ensures that he won't be back until late August at the earliest. Jordany Valdespin was called up and will take Furcal's spot on the 40-man roster, and Valdespin figures to help shoulder the load at second base until Furcal is ready.
Sat. July 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Valdespin's contract was selected from Triple-A New Orleans, and he's in the Marlins' lineup Saturday against the Giants, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Patience has paid off for Valdespin, who earned the promotion by batting .270/.374/.437 with eight homers and 15 steals in 61 games with New Orleans. The 26-year-old will man second base and bat second against right-hander Tim Hudson in his Marlins debut, and it seems he may see the lion's share of the starts at the keystone over Ed Lucas.
Sat. July 19, 2014 | STATS
News: Alvarez left Saturday's game against San Francisco in the third inning after being struck on the left leg by a grounder off the bat of Joe Panik.
Impact: Alvarez threw to first for the out, then limped off the field with the help of catcher Jarrod Saltamacchia and a trainer. Miami said Alvarez sustained a bruised shin and is day to day.
Sat. July 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Alvarez left Saturday's game against the Giants after being hit in the leg with a batted ball, Andrew Baggarly of Comcast SportsNet reports. The injury was revealed to be a shin contusion.
Impact: Alvarez took a Joe Panik comebacker off the back of his left leg in the third inning. To that point, Alvarez had allowed two runs (one earned). It wasn't a good way to start the second half for the first-time All-Star.
Sat. July 19, 2014 | STATS
News: Stanton hit his 22nd home run, tied for the most in the NL, on Friday.
Impact: Stanton is tied with Cubs superstar Anthony Rizzo.
Sat. July 19, 2014 | STATS
News: Eovaldi was pounded into submission by the powerful Giants on Friday.
Impact: Eovaldi gave up a season-high eight runs in his shortest outing of the year, lasting just four-plus innings. He came into the game with a career ERA of 12.27 against the Giants, and it went up - to 13.30 in five starts. He seeks to regroup next week in Atlanta.
Sat. July 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Stanton clubbed his NL-leading 22nd home run Friday against the Giants.
Impact: The solo shot accounted for Stanton's only hit on the night and all the offense that Miami could muster against Madison Bumgarner and the Giants' bullpen. Stanton's home run snapped a string of 75 homer-less plate appearances dating back to June 26. He also entered the All-Star break on a 1-for-19 skid, so it was nice to see the slugger start the second half strong. Stanton has maintained a phenomenal .296/.397/.546 slash line through 355 at-bats this year.
Sat. July 19, 2014 | STATS
News: The Marlins have placed Gregg on the disabled list with right elbow inflammation.
Impact: The move is retroactive to July 14, though it's not clear how long he'll be out.
Fri. July 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jones is out of the Marlins' lineup Friday against the Giants, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Jones hit just .190/.242/.224 against lefties in the first half, so it doesn't come as a surprise that manager Mike Redmond is turning to Jeff Baker to man first base Friday against Madison Bumgarner. It would make sense if the skipper moved to a more even platoon split in the second half.
Fri. July 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ramos (shoulder) was activated from the 15-day DL on Friday, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
Impact: A bout of shoulder inflammation forced Ramos onto the DL on July 1, but he's been given the green light to return after just one rehab appearance with Double-A Jacksonville. To go along with 12 holds in the first half, Ramos posted a 2.17 ERA and struck out 42 batters in 37.1 innings.
Fri. July 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gregg was placed on the 15-day DL on Friday with right elbow inflammation, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
Impact: The stint can be backdated to July 14, meaning Gregg will be eligible to return July 29, but given the nature of the injury, the Marlins will likely play it safe and give Gregg able time to rest. A.J. Ramos (shoulder) was activated in the corresponding move.
Fri. July 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Eovaldi got banged around as he worked into the fifth inning Friday night, surrendering eight earned runs on nine hits and a walk while striking out five in a 9-1 loss to the Giants.
Impact: This was certainly not the way Eovaldi wanted to kick off the second half of the season, as this performance just continues a recent run of inconsistent results for the young right-hander. Over his last seven starts, dating back to June 13, Eovaldi has struggled to a 1-3 record while posting a 6.15 ERA, 1.49 WHIP and 4.2 K/9 across 41 innings. He will look to rebound Wednesday evening in Atlanta.
Thu. July 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hand (shin) will start Sunday against the Giants, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
Impact: A line drive to the leg last Sunday forced Hand off the mound after four innings and left him with a shin contusion, but it sounds like the little bit of extra time afforded by the All-Star break was sufficient to treat the issue. Hand has struggled to the tune of a 5.26 ERA and 1.75 WHIP in 19 appearances (five starts) this season, and he could lose his rotation spot again if he doesn't turn it around in short order.
Sat. July 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Alvarez will replace injured Washington pitcher Jordan Zimmermann for Tuesday night's All-Star game at Target Field in Minnesota.
Impact: Alvarez, a first-time All-Star, is 6-4 with a 2.63 ERA and three shutouts in 19 starts. He pitched a no-hitter against Detroit on the final day of the 2013 regular season.
Sat. July 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Alvarez had allowed two runs or fewer in nine straight outings before getting knocked around in Friday's 7-1 road loss to the New York Mets.
Impact: Alvarez yielded a season-worst six earned runs and eight hits over five innings. Despite that poor performance, he'll carry a 2.63 ERA into the All-Star break.
Sat. July 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Alvarez will replace Washington's Jordan Zimmermann on the National League's roster for Tuesday's All-Star game at Target Field in Minneapolis. The roster change was announced Saturday.
Impact: Alvarez, a first-time All-Star, is 6-4 with a 2.63 ERA and three shutouts in19 starts. He pitched a no-hitter against Detroit on the final day of the 2013 regular season. Zimmermann left Friday night's start against Philadelphia after 3 1-3 innings because of a right biceps injury.