Offishial news, 7/17/23: Winless weekend; Angels almost out of it; underslot deals

Today’s Marlins news roundup also includes a shoutout to Johnny Cueto for filling his mop-up role to a T.

Today’s Marlins news roundup also includes a shoutout to Johnny Cueto for filling his mop-up role to a T.

Sunday’s Games

Marlins Podcast Episodes

  • Sunday’s Marlins MiLB Notes: INF Jordan Groshans (Jacksonville) had a season-high four hits. Brutal start for Pensacola’s RHP M.D. Johnson (3.0 IP, 9 H, 9 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HR). High-A Beloit scored 13(!) unanswered runs after initially falling behind 6-0. INF Kahlil Watson wasn’t part of the fun—he’s been placed on the 7-day IL. Jupiter’s RHP Collin Lowe, LHP Dale Stanavich and RHP Riskiel Tineo combined to pitch a shutout.
  • Johnny Cueto was the bright spot for the Marlins’ pitching staff on Sunday, logging three scoreless innings in mop-up duty. Yes, he benefited from a couple generous called strikes and barely showed any ability to miss bats, but I have to give him credit for completing the task assigned to him. After throwing 50 pitches, he’s doubtful to be available during the Cardinals series.
  • The Marlins signed fourth-round draft pick LHP Emmett Olson ($460k) and fifth-rounder RHP Andrew Lindsey ($340k) to underslot deals. The $239k of combined savings from their signings will presumably go toward locking up LHP Thomas White, who’s commanding far above his slot value.
  • Nobody made perfect predictions for the Marlins vs. Orioles series. Series MVP honors went to Anthony Santander. There’s now a three-way tie between Super Subscribers atop the 2023 Prediction Time leaderboard. Join the fun by becoming a Super Subscriber yourself!
  • Elsewhere around the majors, the Angels bullpen imploded on Sunday Night Baseball. It’s been a full month since the Halos last won a series, pushing them firmly into the “seller” category. The Giants swept the Pirates and have taken over the National League’s top Wild Card spot. The Rockies and Yankees combined for 14 runs from the sixth inning onward. Alan Trejo’s first home run of the season provided the walk-off winner in the 11th.
  • We’re back with a new episode of Fish On First LIVE, streaming at 6:30 p.m. ET on YouTube/Twitch/Twitter. Our special guest is David Fernandez. 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 62.1% playoff odds, per FanGraphs. They have a 46.1% chance to win their series opener against the Cardinals. FCL Marlins (12:00 p.m. ET) and DSL Marlins (11:00 a.m. ET) are at home, while DSL Miami (11:00 a.m. ET) are on the road.
  • Daily scoreboard watching notes: root for the Orioles over the Dodgers and the Nationals over the Cubs.
  • Our MLB trade deadline coverage is at full intensity. The latest articles in there include my favorite right-handed reliever targets, Grant Kiefer’s overview of realistically available and attainable players, and Kevin Barral’s write-ups on rental starting pitchers Jordan Montgomery and Marcus Stroman.

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