Offishial news, 6/15/23: Sánchez’s game-saving catch; Arraez’s mini-slump

Today’s Marlins news roundup also puts the first seven starts of Eury Pérez’s career into context.

Wednesday’s Games

RECAP: MIA 4, SEA 1 (by Louis Addeo-Weiss)

Marlins Podcast Episodes

  • Eury Pérez set new season highs for innings pitched (six), total pitches (93) and changeup usage (19.3%). His 1.80 earned run average is the best in baseball among pitchers with at least 35 innings this season. The peripheral stats call for heavy regression in the future; in particular, I worry that opponent slugging with spike up if he continues to induce so few ground balls. However, Pérez has been immensely valuable thus far.
  • For the first time as a Marlin, Luis Arraez has had back-to-back-to-back hitless games. Even so, he reached base safely twice on Wednesday via a walk and hit-by-pitch.
  • Elsewhere around the majors, Mets reliever Drew Smith received a 10-game suspension for having a foreign substance on his pitching hand. The Mets must make do with a 25-man active roster while he serves the suspension. José Berríos no-hit the Orioles through six innings. The veteran right-hander’s 3.28 earned run average is on pace to be the best of his career. The Cardinals blew a ninth-inning lead and lost to the Giants in extras, sinking to a new low of 15 games under .500. The Athletics’ stunning seven-game winning streak was snapped despite a JJ Bleday three-run home run.
  • Triple-A Jacksonville (7:05 p.m. ET), Double-A Pensacola (7:35 p.m. ET), High-A Beloit (7:35 p.m. ET) and DSL Miami (11:00 a.m. ET) are at home, while Low-A Jupiter (6:35 p.m. ET), FCL Marlins (12:00 p.m. ET) and DSL Marlins (11:00 a.m. ET) are on the road.
  • Phase 1 of MLB All-Star voting continues through June 22. You can vote up to five times per email address each day—take advantage of it!
  • Glenn Geffner’s View from the Bleachers observes that there are very few clear-cut “sellers” around Major League Baseball and those that are don’t have particularly appealing assets.
  • Esteban Rivera of FanGraphs highlights the contributions that Sánchez and Bryan De La Cruz have made in 2023. He finds reasons to be encouraged by their swing mechanics—in Sánchez’s case, by “adding more free-flowing movement,” he’s better able to make solid contact against pitches around the edges of the strike zone.

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