Today’s Marlins news roundup also includes a lookahead to the most important series of Miami’s season thus far.
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- Thursday’s Marlins MiLB notes: UTIL Dane Myers (Jacksonville) had a walk-off single. He’s driven 19 runs in his first 17 Triple-A games. LHP Patrick Monteverde (Pensacola) lowered his ERA to 1.93 and OF Victor Mesa Jr. matched a season high with four runs driven in. The two Dominican Summer League teams combined for 12 stolen bases. INF Cherif Neymour (DSL Marlins) went 3-for-4 at the plate and bumped up his slash line to .368/.478/.579.
- Jesús Luzardo dominated on Thursday, retiring 17 consecutive batters at one point. His overall 2023 stats are eerily similar to 2022—he’s been more hittable, but with better control over a near-identical sample size. Jazz Chisholm Jr. homered to provide a valuable insurance run. In the Red Sox series, he went 5-for-12 with two homers and also reached on an error. The Marlins got their run differential up to zero for the first time all season.
- Yuli Gurriel (nose) and Garrett Cooper (illness) missed the game, but both are expected to avoid the injured list.
- Nobody’s Marlins vs. Red Sox series predictions came out perfectly as few people had the audacity to pick a sweep at Fenway Park. Participate in Prediction Time prior to every Marlins series opener by becoming a Super Subscriber!
- Luis Arraez has deservedly been voted the National League’s starting second baseman for the MLB All-Star Game. He’ll be the first Marlins player to start the ASG at that position—Chisholm wasn’t available to play when voted in last year, and the franchise’s other All-Star second basemen made it as reserves.
- Elsewhere around the majors, the Mets reached a new low point, falling to nine games below .500 after a loss to the Brewers. Particularly ugly night for old friend Starling Marte, who had two strikeouts and grounded into two double plays. The Cardinals got obliterated by the Astros at home, 14-0. Adam Wainwright (1.2 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 0 HR) may have run out of old man magic. Shohei Ohtani hit his MLB-leading 29th home run.
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- The Marlins have a 37.3% chance to win their series opener against the Braves, per FanGraphs. Triple-A Jacksonville (7:05 p.m. ET), High-A Beloit (7:35 p.m. ET) and DSL Marlins (11:00 a.m. ET) are at home, while Double-A Pensacola (7:35 p.m. ET), Low-A Jupiter (6:30 p.m. ET) and DSL Miami (11:00 a.m. ET) are on the road.
- Daily Luis Arraez batting average update: he enters today at .392. He went 1-for-3 with 2 RBI in his only previous matchup with Michael Soroka, who’s expected to be called up to start for Atlanta. Additionally, Arraez is hitting .352 in road games this season and .385 in night games.
- An updated MLB mock draft of Keith Law of The Athletic has the Marlins taking Maryland shortstop Matt Shaw with their first-round pick. “I’ve also heard the Marlins with (Noble) Meyer, (Kyle) Teel and (Jacob) Wilson,” Law writes.
- Mark Simon of Sports Info Solutions highlights the Marlins’ valuable defensive positioning this season and how infield coach Jody Reed communicates with his players.
- “We’re about to find out if the Marlins are for real,” writes Glenn Geffner. Geffner points out that these teams have the two best records in the majors since May 5 (Braves are 31-17 and Marlins are 32-18). Subscribe to his daily Substack to read more.
- Ryan Schlesinger likes the White Sox as a potential trade partner for the Marlins.
Graphic courtesy of Miami Marlins