Offishial news, 9/12/23: Lost ground on everybody; Sixto’s 2023 debut

Today’s Marlins news roundup also highlights a few incredible milestones from around the major leagues.

Monday’s Games

Marlins Podcast Episodes

  • Monday’s Marlins MiLB notes: Congrats to RHP Nigel Belgrave (Jupiter) on being named the Florida State League Pitcher of the Week. Three different Marlins prospects received weekly awards over the course of the FSL regular season (all pitchers).
  • The 12-0 loss to the Brewers on Monday matched the Marlins’ largest margin of defeat this season. As we have noted repeatedly, this offense loves to beat up on opposing bullpens. Well, Brandon Woodruff denied them any chance of continuing that trend by going the distance himself. Jesús Luzardo allowed 14 baserunners, the highest single-game total of his career.
  • For the first time in 901 days, Sixto Sánchez is expected to take the mound in an official professional baseball game when he throws one inning (or up to 20 pitches) for Double-A Pensacola tonight. I’ll be watching live and putting together an article with my observations, but to be crystal clear, there is no possibility of Sánchez contributing in the majors during this season or postseason—this is all about evaluating whether he’s worth holding on the 40-man roster throughout the winter.
  • NL Wild Card race updates: the Cubs, Diamondbacks and Giants won, while the Phillies split their doubleheader. The Marlins lost ground on everybody and now sit 1.5 games back of the third Wild Card spot.
  • The latest Fish On First LIVE episode covered key Marlins vs. Brewers matchup details, set expectations for Sixto’s return and more. 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 39.9% chance to win their next game against the Brewers, per FanGraphs. Triple-A Jacksonville (7:05 p.m. ET), Double-A Pensacola (7:35 p.m. ET) and Single-A Jupiter (6:30 p.m. ET) are all at home. Edward Cabrera will again serve as Miami’s bulk guy out of the bullpen after doing so effectively against the Dodgers last week. Top prospect Noble Meyer is starting the first game of Jupiter’s playoff run.
  • On this day 20 years ago, Juan Pierre’s walk-off single capped a Marlins comeback against the Braves.
  • Happy birthday to Luis Castillo (48) and to Marlins prospects Franklin Sánchez (23) and Justin Storm (22). A 2003 World Series champion, Castillo is the fourth-most valuable player in Marlins history, according to both FanGraphs and Baseball-Reference. He still holds the all-time franchise records for career games played, hits, stolen bases and numerous other counting stats. Acquired via trade from the Mets last offseason, Sánchez struggled with his control in 2023. The tall right-hander posted a 6.90 ERA and 6.97 FIP in his 30.0 IP with High-A Beloit, including 45 BB+HBP. Storm was Miami’s seventh-round pick in this year’s MLB Draft.

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