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Philadelphia Phillies v Miami Marlins

Lost in the excitement of the New York Mets and Miami Marlins’ 15-inning battle and the 19-inning epic between the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim was a pitching showdown between two of baseball’s most exciting young arms. Matt Harvey versus Jose Fernandez was scheduled to be some fine Monday evening viewing, on paper. Alas, Fernandez struggled with consistency and saw his night come to a halt following the fourth inning, and Harvey threw 121 pitches through 5.1 innings of work.

Harvey struck out seven Marlins while walking two and giving up one earned run on seven hits. Fernandez surrendered two earned runs on three hits and three walks, with the damage coming off a two-run shot by John Buck in the fourth. The 20-year old rookie struck out four, showing off some near NSFW nastiness in the process. We shall examine.

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Miami Marlins v Minnesota Twins - Game One

The dull moments are few and far between for members of the Miami Marlins. The whole “Miami” thing plays into this a great deal, not to mention the “Marlins” bit. High profile members of the Marlins literally never know what the day might bring! Will I be traded? Will I be forced into a local fashion show or some such publicity stunt?

Jose Fernandez is a blue chip prospect already well versed in the Marlins willy nilly ways. The 20-year old was a surprise addition to the Opening Day roster despite never pitching above A ball. He’s accustomed to the Marlins flipping the script at their leisure.

Like today, when they decided they’d prefer he not pitch in sub-zero temperatures in the second half of a day/night doubleheader. So they moved him to the first game. Just like that.

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Sure, the Marlins are off to a horendous start thanks to one of the worst offenses in recent memory. Sure, they gutted their lineup and essentially robbed their fans and local taxpayers. Sure, the ony thing worth watching on the team is playing hurt and hasn’t hit a home run yet.

But damn if these boys don’t know how to pick a suit.

It seems the Marlins have a tradition of buying hideous suits whenever they travel to Cincinnati. Ricky Nolasco, Giancarlo Stanton, Alex Sanabia, and A.J. Ramos rock their ugly suits with pride.

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Atlanta Braves v Miami Marlins

The Miami Marlins managed just two hits in a 2-0 loss to the Atlanta Braves in their home opener at Marlins Park on Monday. A reported 34,439 (93.1% of capacity) fans did show up for the game, though, so it’s not all bad news. A handful of fans adorned in homemade anti-Jeffrey Loria t-shirts and carrying signs protesting the club’s winter fire sale didn’t make it to their seats before they were escorted from the premises, according to reports.

The Marlins and Miami police claim that the fans were asked to leave on account of creating a disturbance and failing to present identification upon request.

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The Miami MarlinsĀ home run sculpture located in left centre field cost the team $2.5 million to build, according to SNY, so with an on-field payroll of just $31.6 million this season, the sculpture cost more than 22 of the 25 man roster. Only Ricky Nolasco ($11.5 M) Placido Polanco ($2.75 M) and Adeiny Hechavarria ($2.75 M) make more.

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Miami Marlins v New York Mets

The Miami Marlins are not a good team right now. They’re downright terrible, if we’re being honest. The Marlins will lose many, many games this year.

The future is bright(ish) in Miami. It always is when you trade the bulk of your active roster for prospects – it’s called strength in numbers, look it up. The Marlins minor league pipeline is stocked with prospects in volume and in quality. Their double-A affliate in particular figured to be pretty terrific this year, featuring top pitching prospect Jose Fernandez and three of the better Marlins future bats in outfielders Christian Yelich, Jake Marisnick, and Marcell Ozuna.

And then Jose Fernandez was promoted all the way to the big leagues after injuries beset the Fish starters. Not the worst problem to have, moving a stud pitcher up the chain to fill a need and see what he can do. Losing the entire starting outfield of your double-A team is somewhat less-than-optimal, I fear.

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Here is today’s reminder that the Miami Marlins are playing a different game than everybody else. Saddled with unexpected injuries in their starting rotation, the Marlins opted to promote from within to fill their five-man unit to start the year.

Rather than pulling one of the warm bodies from their triple-A affiliate, the Marlins moved their top pitching prospect Jose Fernandez all the way from single-A to the Opening Day roster. The 20-year old will make his big league debut on Sunday in New York against the Mets. Service time be damned, it seems.

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