Offishial news, 9/27/23: How postponement hurts Marlins’ playoff chances

Today’s Marlins news roundup also includes the latest NL Wild Card race developments.

Tuesday’s Games

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  • Tuesday’s Marlins MiLB Notes: A 10-3 loss eliminated Pensacola from the Southern League Championship Series. Three errors contributed to four unearned runs for the Tennessee Smokies. The Blue Wahoos came up two victories shy of defending their league title. On the bright side, 1B Troy Johnston, LHP Patrick Monteverde and LHP Jefry Yan were named to the Southern League All-Star team. Kevin Randel won the league’s Manager of the Year award.
  • The Marlins/Mets series opener was postponed due to unplayable field conditions. Although hardly any rain fell on Tuesday, precipitation from previous days had softened up the surface too much to make it safe for players. I know next to nothing about groundscrew best practices, but sure seems like this situation was avoidable if the Citi Field folks had been more proactive.
  • The postponement undoubtedly hurts the Marlins’ postseason chances. They have to play their final six regular season games in the span of about 98 hours. Miami’s most consistent starting pitcher, Braxton Garrett, would have been available on normal rest for Sunday’s Game 162 if he had pitched on Tuesday—that’s no longer the case.
  • The brief absence of closer Tanner Scott also hurts their chances, but it’s for a completely understandable reason: he went on the paternity list to be present at the birth of his first child. The maximum length of a paternity list stint is three days, so he will be back for the Pirates series regardless. Huascar Brazoban has returned from the injured list to take Scott’s place.
  • NL Wild Card race updates: the Diamondbacks and Reds won, while the Cubs lost. Arizona fell behind 4-1 to José Ureña and the White Sox before scoring fourteen unanswered runs. The Reds put up 11 runs on the Guardians, tied for their third-highest scoring effort of the season. The Cubs blew a 6-0 lead to the Braves thanks to a humiliating error by Seiya Suzuki. The Marlins are half a game back of the third Wild Card spot.
  • Elsewhere around the majors, the Phillies clinched a postseason berth. The Rockies reached 100 losses for the first time in their franchise’s history. Juan Soto established a new single-season high with his 34th and 35th home runs.
  • We didn’t know there’d be a postponement when streaming Fish On First LIVE, but most of our series analysis still applies. Super Subscribers, submit your series predictions before today’s 4:10 p.m. ET 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!
  • The Marlins and Mets will play a straight doubleheader. Braxton Garrett starts the first game.
  • Garrett has used his curveball during every game he’s pitched this season despite awful results. Louis Addeo-Weiss discusses whether he should simply stop throwing it.

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3 responses to “Offishial news, 9/27/23: How postponement hurts Marlins’ playoff chances”

  1. If necessary, I would start Garrett on Sunday again on short rest. There would be nothing to lose. Today, the Marlins are going to need all of the Cueto, De Jesús, Hoeing, and Soriano multi-inning efforts. Hopefully, one of them might not pitch today so can be an option for the OTHER bullpen game this weekend in Pittsburg.

    Speaking of which, I would have Weathers ready to open on Friday/Saturday. He pitched last Saturday, so he should be ready for the weekend. Look: Chi Chi is not performing at any level, ditto Castano. Smeltzer is injured. Lindgren I dunno… I know results have not followed Weathers with the big team, but if I have to pick one depth piece, I think he is the best option, at least for 3 solid innings.

    1. I agree on Weathers. Get one more outing from Hoeing/De Jesus today, then Weathers should be on the roster instead of them.

  2. Reporting from Ken Rosenthal about the postponement:

    “Marlins officials, granted anonymity in exchange for their candor, were told the problem with the playing surface at Citi Field arose because the Mets’ grounds crew did not cover the infield Saturday, the first of four straight days of rain. The team was playing in Philadelphia at the time.

    “The grounds crew eventually put the tarp down, but water got under it, creating a mess. The infield took on so much water from Saturday to Monday, the grounds crew did not have enough of a dry period to get the infield back to a playable condition Tuesday.”

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