Series Review: Fish on a Roll

Monday, April 7, 2014

Overview: The Marlins took two of three from the San Diego Padres to improve to 5-2 after the first week.
Positives: Giancarlo Stanton (notoriously a slow starter) has already bested the best April of his career in the first week alone. He has two home runs and 12 RBI (two of which came in March, but whatevs). Miami leads MLB in runs per game, doubly shocking considering how bad last year's squad was at simply getting on base. Even the Godfather has taken notice of the Marlins:

This will only lead to more calls for Micky Arison to buy the Marlins, but we still believe that won't happen anytime soon.
Negatives: We're not going to spoil our fun with some #SmallSampleSizeTheater observations (though we will probably write a post all about it later this week). Let's enjoy this good fortune while it's still early April.
Line of the Series: We were planning to give the nod to Nate Eovaldi for his 8-strikeout day on Sunday, until he gave up a decisive pinch-hit three-run home run to Alexi Amarista in the seventh inning. Instead, we'll give the nod to Jose Fernandez' excellent Saturday outing:

6.2 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 8 K, 2 BB, 0.386 WPA

Highlight of the Series:
If you thought we would choose anything else, you don't know us. Our reaction at the time:
It was the longest home run in the brief history of Marlins Park. Just monumental.
Looking Ahead: The Marlins have Monday off, then face their first real test of the season with a three-game set at Washington.


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