Offishial news, 8/14/23: Biggest comeback yet; why Bell fits in perfectly

Today’s Marlins news roundup also includes troubling allegations against one of the best players in baseball.

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  • Sunday’s Marlins MiLB Notes: INF Xavier Edwards (Jacksonville) drew four walks, reached on an error and hit a sacrifice fly. Pitching on back-to-back days in what was presumably the final appearance of his minor league rehab assignment, Tommy Nance (Pensacola) worked a scoreless inning of relief. Question is whether he’ll be placed on the Marlins active roster or optioned to Jacksonville upon being reinstated from the injured list. OF Chase Luttrell went 0-for-3 with a hit by pitch in his Beloit debut. C Spencer Bramwell (Jupiter) blasted a game-winning two-run home run and LHP Evan Taylor picked up his organization-leading 16th save.
  • Luis Arraez and Jake Burger recorded three hits apiece to propel the Marlins to their biggest comeback win of the 2023 season. That included an Arraez game-tying triple and a Burger walk-off single. The club had a meager 1.7% win probability entering the bottom of the ninth, according to FanGraphs, before rallying against Yankees closer Clay Holmes. It was their 27th one-run win.
  • The Marlins pulled it off despite another underwhelming performance by Eury Pérez (4.0 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR on 82 pitches/47 strikes). Since the All-Star break, Sandy Alcantara hasn’t gotten much help from his rotation mates, accounting for four of Miami’s eight quality starts.
  • NL Wild Card race updates: the Diamondbacks and Giants won, the Reds split their doubleheader, and the Phillies, Cubs and Padres lost. The Marlins hold the third Wild Card spot by 0.5 games.
  • Elsewhere around the majors, the Nationals pulled off an astonishing comeback of their own against the Athletics after trailing 7-2 entering the bottom of the ninth. Matt Olson homered for the 43rd time and drove in his 106th and 107th runs (he leads the league in both categories). Wander Franco is facing allegations that he sexually assaulted a minor. There’s an MLB investigation underway.
  • We’ve got a new episode of Fish On First LIVE streaming tonight at 5:30 p.m. ET on YouTube/Twitch/Twitter. Special guests: David Ferrel and Noemi Rodriguez. Super Subscribers, submit your series predictions before first pitch. 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!
  • Entering this new week, the Marlins have 46.0% playoff odds, per FanGraphs. They have a 43.9% chance to win their series opener against the Astros. DSL Miami (11:00 a.m. ET) is at home, while DSL Marlins (10:00 a.m. ET) is on the road.
  • Alex Krutchik wrote about the impact Josh Bell has already made on the Marlins. More from Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald on Bell’s “perfect fit” with the Fish.
  • Bell will be our next guest on the Fish Unfiltered podcast show, so feel free to comment with any questions/topics for that interview.
  • For the second straight weekend, Alex Carver was on site for FCL Marlins coverage. He’ll have an article coming shortly to our Fish on the Farm section with all of his observations.
  • Happy 46th birthday to Marlins legend Juan Pierre. The speedy leadoff man didn’t miss a game during his first three seasons with the Fish (2003-2005). He returned to Miami to close out his MLB career in 2013. The World Series champion still holds the franchise single-season record for stolen bases (65). In retirement, Pierre remains involved with the Marlins as a spring training guest instructor,

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6 responses to “Offishial news, 8/14/23: Biggest comeback yet; why Bell fits in perfectly”

  1. I forgot to mention: it’s also Josh Bell’s birthday today (31)

  2. Definitely not as optimistic against the Astros as for the Yankee series. I predict Miami wins only 1 game of the series. MVP: Kyle Tucker.

    1. I’ll tale it

  3. Lost in all the excitement over yesterday’s win is two pitching issues.
    Eury is clearly broken. By sending him down we sent a strong message that we see him as a minor leaguer and not really part of the MLB team. His lack of confidence showed. He started out every batter I watched 1-0 and started multiple innings with a runner on first before getting the first out. Many of his outs were due to heroics by his teammates, not his pitchiing. At this point, he is broken and letting him start again cedes the game as an experiment to turn him around. I would have thought his buddy Alcantara would have told him to attack the zone, especially with his pitch speed, but he did not. Kim’s experiment has failed.
    Secondly, Skip conceded the game by bringiing in Brazoban halfway through the game down only three runs. He is purely an innings eater who gives up runs as he did yesterday. We keep using him when we have plenty of other players with lots of rest in the bullpen.

    On Wander Franco, what I read is not that he assaulted a 14 year old. He is in a consensual relationship with a 14 year old girl. She wanted him to attend her school dance with her, probably to show off her $182 million boyfriend, and he did. The inevitable social media posts revealed their relationship. Maybe he can coach her to say that it was just a friendship and a player showing support for a young fan. Maybe MLB or the state prosecutor won’t be able to prove sex, if they keep their mouths shut, but I doubt it. There are probably texts. With the acceptance of things like transexuals, which used to be taboo, we are likely to see more taboos broken. Where he is from, a 22 year old dating a 14 year old girl is not unusual. Will this become another taboo that becomes accepted in the US?

    1. Don’t think the initial plan was for Brazoban to stay out there that long, but once the deficit swelled to 6-1 in his first inning, they understandably didn’t see much chance of salvaging the game. He’s probably getting sent down for Tommy Nance or another fresh arm.

    2. Now it is reported that Wander’s girl is 19, he met her at a nightclub where she worked, she drank alcohol, she drove a car and has a 17 month old child. So he thought she was legal. According to him, after HE broke up with her, she and her mother asked for $200k and a mercedes benz. This should be easy to investigate. Just pull her DR birth certificate and ask him to provide the texts where she extorted him. If all of the above is true, he is a major victim here. But its easy to investigate. MLB needs to provide answers today. If all their lawyers cannot determine the girls age after 24 hours of work, how can an uneducated player like Franco determine it.

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