Offishial news, 9/18/23: Marlins control playoff destiny with 2 weeks to go

Today’s Marlins news roundup also includes Jorge Soler’s reinstatement from the injured list and a free ticket offer.

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  • Sunday’s Marlins MiLB Notes: Sixto Sánchez was scratched from his scheduled start with Pensacola. There was “no specific reason given” for the change, per Blue Wahoos broadcaster Erik Bremer, “but we have not been given any reason that there would be any concern.” Sánchez is not listed as the probable starter for any of next week’s Southern League Division Series games. The Jupiter Hammerheads are one win away from the Florida State League championship. They beat the Clearwater Threshers (Phillies affiliate) with a five-run, two-out rally in the sixth inning, featuring a grand slam by INF Carlos Santiago. LHP Dale Stanavich shined in relief, retiring eight of the nine batters he faced.
  • For the first time in eight years, the Marlins swept a series against the Braves. They did so by averaging 12 runs per game. The Friday and Saturday victories were in doubt until the later innings, but the series finale was lopsided enough for Jacob Stallings to close it out on the mound.
  • Jazz Chisholm Jr. stuffed the stat sheet over the weekend with two grand slams, five walks, three stolen bases and six runs scored.
  • Jorge Soler made his return from the injured list by going 3-for-4 with a walk and his 36th home run of the season.
  • NL Wild Card race updates: the Diamondbacks and Giants won, while the Cubs, Phillies and Reds lost. The Marlins are tied with the Cubs for the third Wild Card spot. Owning the head-to-head tiebreaker over Chicago, they truly control their own destiny.
  • Elsewhere around the majors, the Orioles clinched their first postseason berth since 2016. The Angels lost for the 82nd time, ensuring a losing season. The Dodgers gave Freddie Freeman a day off, leaving Matt Olson (Braves) and Marcus Semien (Rangers) as the only MLB players with a chance to start all 162 regular season games.
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  • The Marlins have a 52.2% chance to win their series opener against the Mets, per FanGraphs. Edward Cabrera gets a traditional start for the first time since July 31. Luis Arraez‘s next hit will his 200th of the season.
  • Receive a free ticket to any game of the Marlins/Mets series when you bring new/unused toiletries or baby care products to Gate 9 at LoanDepot Park as a donation to Lotus House.

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4 responses to “Offishial news, 9/18/23: Marlins control playoff destiny with 2 weeks to go”

  1. Luzardo stepped up yesterday and pitched like the elite pitcher he could be. In fact the whole team did. What a great weekend for the Marlins after a disappointing series in Milwaukee. I am a believer that the Marlins can get into the playoffs and be competitive.

    1. Extraordinary effort from everybody involved.

    2. Leo I just created an account so that I could reply to you and also Ely. I want to thank you both so much for your writing this season. Leo, you have been a faithful commentator and I’ve enjoyed reading your comments. Ely, may I say again how much I admire you and your staff of young people that have truly created something extraordinary with respect to Marlins coverage. I am a devoted follower of all of your efforts.

      1. I forgot to say that now I do truly believe that the Marlins are going to make the playoffs. It doesn’t make any sense, their metrics don’t measure up, but there’s something about this team. Who knows how far they’re going to go? They just came off of a dominating sweep of maybe the best team in the last 25 years!

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