Today’s Marlins news roundup also includes an encouraging note about LoanDepot Park attendance.
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- Monday’s Marlins MiLB notes: Johnny Cueto (Jacksonville) continues to have trouble with the long ball during his rehab assignment (6.0 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 BB, 3 HR). He’s now fully stretched out as a starter, but the next steps for him are unclear considering the diminished quality of his stuff. INF Kahlil Watson (Beloit) tied up the game in the bottom of the ninth by stealing home. The Sky Carp would win it on a OF Davis Bradshaw walk-off single. Matt Barnes (Jupiter) pitched a scoreless inning of relief in what’s expected to be his penultimate rehab appearance. INF Marco Vargas (FCL Marlins) reached base safely three more times to raise his on-base percentage to .475.
- The Marlins came from behind to pick up their 20th one-run win of the season, closing in on their 2022 total of 24. The game was followed by a fireworks show. The announced attendance of 19,638 was by far the Marlins’ highest for a Monday home game since COVID.
- Jazz Chisholm Jr. (left oblique strain) expressed optimism that he’ll be able to return at “110%” following the All-Star break, though his recovery timeline will depend on the severity of the strain. Dating back to the start of the 2021 season, Chisholm has played in only 55.9% of the Marlins’ regular season games.
- Hot-hitting Dane Myers was called up from Triple-A to fill Chisholm’s roster spot. Our own Kevin Barral details his first day as a big leaguer.
- Elsewhere around the majors, the Mets made another minor trade, sending LHP Zach Muckenhirn to the Mariners for MLB right-handers Trevor Gott and Chris Flexen (Flexen was a salary dump and has been designated for assignment). The Braves won for the 17th time in their last 18 games, now 7.5 games ahead of the next-best National League team. The Rangers erased a 10-2 deficit to take an 11-10 lead over the Astros, but then blew the save and lost. Yankees rookie Anthony Volpe has recorded multiple hits in six of his last seven games, raising his batting average 30 points during that period.
- On Monday’s episode of Fish On First LIVE, we discussed Chisholm, Myers and whether the Cardinals will be sellers at the trade deadline. With chiropractic care and functional health, La Pop takes a preventative approach that optimizes wellness and quality of life for all ages. Find out more here!
- The Marlins have a 58.5% chance to win their next game against the Cardinals, per FanGraphs. Double-A Pensacola (5:05 p.m. ET), Low-A Jupiter (6:00 p.m. ET), FCL Marlins (12:00 p.m. ET) and DSL Marlins (11:00 a.m. ET) are at home, while Triple-A Jacksonville (6:35 p.m. ET) and High-A Beloit (7:40 p.m. ET) are on the road.
- Daily Luis Arraez batting average update: he enters today at .388. He went 0-for-3 in his only previous matchup with Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright. Additionally, Arraez is hitting .425 in home games this season and .399 in day games.
- Garrett Cooper explained to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald how Miami’s hitting coaches are personalizing plans for how each hitter on the team should attack their upcoming opponents. “They cover everything—how the pitcher is going to attack you if you have runners in scoring position, if it’s a double play possibility,” Cooper said. “There’s so much more information that we didn’t have in the past.”
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