Coming off the All-Star Break, the Marlins were swept in three games by the Brewers, during which they did not score a single run. Since then the Fish have been hot, winning five of their last seven– relying on stellar pitching while producing enough offense to win games.
Today, Miami defeated the Pirates 3-2 as All-Star Jose Fernandez shut down Pittsburgh’s offense by striking out 13 batters over the course of his eight innings. Giancarlo Stanton hit his 13th home run of the year in the sixth inning, which proved to be the game-winning run. He has now homered in three of his last six games. Steve Cishek closed out the contest with his 22nd save of the year. Fernandez’s 13 K’s were the most ever by a Marlins rookie.
Today’s other news: Marlins’ hitting coach Tino Martinez resigned after reports of his allegedly abusive behavior toward Miami players surfaced. Martinez was Jeffrey Loria’s hand-picked hitting coach for this season, and was signed to a three-year contract. Supposedly, Martinez has been physically and verbally abusing his players since the start of Spring Training. And this season, the Marlins have been the lowest-scoring team in the entire Major Leagues. Martinez resigned following the conclusion of this afternoon’s game.
Martinez’s departure may cheer up the clubhouse, and with the team hot already, things should be getting better. The young Marlins seem to be acclimating nicely; since May 31st the Marlins are the best team in the NL East. With the trade-deadline fast approaching, the Fish are not expected to make any significant moves. The team has made it clear that slugger Giancarlo Stanton is not on the market, and we fans can hope that he stays off it for a long time. Closer Steve Cishek and set-up lefty Mike Dunn have also been targeted by playoff-hopeful teams, but the front office has made it clear that they will not be easily transacted.
The winds have shifted in the right direction for the Fish. Unfortunately, it may be too late to turn things around in 2013, but with a bright young core the future does not look all that bad.
#Marlins confirm the hiring of minor league field coordinator John Pierson as interim hitting coach. Reports for duty Monday.
— Juan C. Rodriguez (@JCRMarlinsbeat) July 28, 2013