ESPN — Zack Wheeler had the most pitches per plate appearance among qualified pitchers in the National League last season at 4.17. His first Grapefruit League attempt to refine his control went poorly.
After a perfect, 10-pitch first inning, Wheeler hit a wall in the second. He hit two batters, walked two others and threw 37 pitches in the frame before Terry Collins pulled him with two outs and the bases loaded. Prospect Chasen Bradford allowed all three inherited runners to score, so Wheeler was charged with six earned runs in 1 2/3 innings
Yeeeeeeeah this one was tough to watch. I know, I know. It was his first outing and I’m overreacting and blah blah blah, but he had control issues last year. That was the biggest problem, even with his really good second half. It would have been cool if he had a deGrom or Harvey-like first start…
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1:10 PM ET, March 9, 2015
Tradition Field, Port St. Lucie, Florida
David Phelps comes out pounding the strike zone, proving again why he is still a contender for the 5th spot in the Marlins rotation. While the Marlins offense waited patiently enough allowing Zach Wheeler to make his own mistakes, sparking the Marlins to a comfortable 13-2 victory over the New York Mets on Monday afternoon at Tradition Field.
- 9/12 1st pitch strikes, 2 K, 3 H, 1 ER, NIL BB in 3 IP; pounded the strike zone all day resulting in one 3-Ball count all afternoon summing up his use of all 51 pitches. Shine on Baby!
Phelps dealing up David Wright
- Allowed 1 Hit over 2 IP; Mowed down the Mets hitters with a hammer-time curveball.
- 3/3 1st pitch strikes, 0 H, 0 K, 0 ER, 0 BB; as plain Jayne as we like to see it coming out of the pen. This guy is raising brows in a hurry so far this spring.
- Despite starting the 9th shell shocked giving up a lead-off walk, followed by a double off the wall. He let is his sack drag by regaining focus to K 2 out of the next three batters and freeze runners in scoring position.
- 3/4 at the plate, coming up clutch early driving in 4 runs with two singles, and hitting a third single in his final at bat just to make it look easy. Pimpin ain’t easy!
One of Brignac’s many singles on the day
- 2/4 at the plate, a weak hustle single and a laser rip down the RF line for a triple combining for 3 RBIs on the day. Showing serious bench junkie potential.
Valdy’s infield Single
Valdy’s triple down LF Line
- 1/2 at the plate, HUGE yoke style bomb hit over the LF wall in 1st Despite chasing dust on a curveball in the dirt during his 2nd AB, that HR stats why he is where he is. Stay Hot Kid!
Avery’s 3-Run Bomb
- 1/3 at the plate, besides smoking a single the opposite way through the 6 hole, he looked his same defeated self at the plate K’ing twice in his first two plate appearances on down & in sliders. Can someone teach Pedro Cerrano how to hit a curveball?
Salty & The Whiff
- 0/3 at the plate, looking the usual old being burnt up inside for 2 k’s early in the game while everyone else is drawing walks or driving people in, he was reserving a sit on the Triple-A bus for the upcoming season.
- Escaped location problems tossing a shut out 7th inning getting knocked for just one hit. The curveball though, couldn’t catch the chalk on either side of the plate. You’re not irreplaceable, just saying!
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NL East Outlook
Washington Nationals- 1st NL East
The Washington Nationals were one of the best teams in baseball last year and this year should be the same. The adding of Max Scherzer shows that they are not playing around. The starting rotation is going to be tough for opposing hitters and the bullpen will be just as difficult. The offense should be pretty good as well. Look for Ian Desmond to have a great year along with Jason Werth. Bryce Harper needs to have a great year to help carry this team to the World Series. The one issue with this team is that they have been this good the last few years but haven’t been able to win it all. Will they break this trend or will they continue to disappoint in the postseason.
New York Mets- 2nd NL East
The Mets have struggled in recent…
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After finishing 2014 with a 77-85 record the Marlins made some bold moves in the offseason to try and orchestrate a push for the playoffs in 2015. They resigned Giancarlo Stanton to a record breaking 13 year deal worth $325 million dollars.
In addition, they brought in pitching ace Mat Latos to help bolster the top half of their rotation. If Jose Fernandez can come back in June, as is projected, the Marlins will have three top end pitchers in Mat Latos, Jose Fernandez and Henderson Alverez. A little deeper into the rotation Miami replaced starting pitcher Nathan Eovvaldi with Dan Haren and statistically it’s a fairly even swap.
The one area in which Miami looks worse than they did last year is in their relief pitching. The Marlins lost a solid reliever in Chris Hatcher. Dan Jennings who was a top end reliever for the Marlins last…
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By Jim McCormick
Spring Training is an important time for managers and GM’s alike, as it is the perfect time to see how a player can perform. While stats don’t always translate to the regular season, evaluators will use the time to judge the player’s work ethic and how they impact the clubhouse. Heading into the spring, each team has positions that may have too much talent or players at the position that have not played good enough to lock up the position. Today, I will look at some of the important position battles for teams in the National League East.
Entering the 2014 season, the Braves started off the season with Dan Uggla as their starting second baseman. Uggla was released by the Braves in July of 2014 after he struggled in his…
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In 30 Teams, 30 Posts, I write a post about every MLB team in some way in the lead-up to the beginning of the 2015 season. Previous installments can be found here. Today, we honor the Marlins the best way possible: Giancarlo Stanton dingers.
There are many ways to look at the Miami Marlins. You could look at a team on the rise, of Ichiro’s final days, or Jose Fernandez’s return from injury.
Or, you could just look at lots of Giancarlo Stanton home runs.
Let’s do that (after the jump):
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In the last 20 years, there have been four Major League baseball franchises that have won multiple World Series championships: New York Yankess (5), San Franciscio Giants (3), Boston Red Sox (2), and…. the Florida (now Miami) Marlins (2).
When you think about this franchise, your first thought is them dumping players and salaries, and being perhaps a bit of a “shady” organization. In 2013, Miami made a blockbuster deal with the Toronto Blue Jays that looked like a steal for the Jays. But in hindsight, maybe Miami was onto something. Here is that trade summary:
shortstop Yunel Escobar,
infielder Adeiny Hechavarria,
right-handed pitcher Henderson Alvarez,
veteran backup catcher Jeff Mathis,
outfielder Jake Marisnick,
left-handed pitcher Justin Nicolino
and right-handed pitcher Anthony DeSclafani.
for (Miami traded):
shortstop Jose Reyes,
right-hander Josh Johnson,
left-hander Mark Buehrle,
catcher John Buck,
infielder/outfielder Emilio Bonifacio
and cash considerations.
What Miami did was…
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by Conway West 03.04.15
The NL East has seen better days. In the 1990s and 2000s, there was a 12-year stretch where the division represented the NL in the World Series 9 times. All five teams have either represented the NL in the Series or had the league’s best record in the past 16 seasons, an honor no other division holds.
At this point, the division looks weak. The division may have the two worst teams in baseball, and the second and third best teams do not look elite either. However, due to the disparity between the top tier and middle tier of teams in the National League, I predict two playoff teams from the East.
- Washington Nationals
2014: 87 wins; Steamer 2015: 91 wins; Conwaywest: 95 wins; JD Cam: 94 (1st place)
In: Max Scherzer, Yunel Escobar, Casey Janssen
Out: Tyler Clippard, Rafael Soriano, Adam LaRoche, Ross Detwiler…
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