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HBT Daily: How did the Marlins get to .500?

Aug 18, 2014, 1:30 PM EDT

  1. tfilarski - Aug 18, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    the marlins have won more games than they have lost

    • Old Gator - Aug 18, 2014 at 3:19 PM

      Uh…this is what, new math? They’re at .500.

      • tfilarski - Aug 18, 2014 at 6:50 PM

        they have won more games than they lost in the past 28

      • Old Gator - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:09 PM

        Oh, okay – then the seven years prior to taking the field for the first time in 1993 must have been very successful for them, because they’re 1627-1830 since they entered the league.

  2. hojo20 - Aug 18, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    The Yankees have spent a lot more than Miami for that one extra win.

  3. mvp43 - Aug 18, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    I agree that Stanton is the NL MVP leader right now. But, I have to give Lucroy some consideration too. His numbers are really pretty damn good, and the fact he’s a catcher also plays a part in my thinking as well. He’s clearly one of the best, if not the best at his position right now.

  4. mungman69 - Aug 18, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    They got to .500 cause they play the Phillies a lot. THANKS RUBIN

  5. jimmymarlinsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    This has to be killing Gator. #1 Miami hater of everything

    • Old Gator - Aug 18, 2014 at 3:21 PM

      Months of silence, plenty of time to think through your shortcomings, and still totally incapable of distinguishing objectivity from hostility. Way to go, little nobody. Might help if you actually read any of my posts instead of flying over this blog once in a blue moon and discharging your idiocy like a pelican over a Porsche.

    • tellyspop - Aug 18, 2014 at 3:25 PM

      Dude, you are so lost, really, he likes the the Beach Flamingos, he doesn’t like Loria, or Miami-Dade county guvmint. Got it? Good! Get it!
      Got it?

      • Old Gator - Aug 18, 2014 at 3:53 PM

        @tellys: Jimmythemarlinsgull is a sound byte. Stop treating him like he’s capable of processing input.

  6. shawnuel - Aug 18, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    Imagine of Fernandez was healthy and pitching the way he did pre-injury.

    • Old Gator - Aug 18, 2014 at 3:55 PM

      As Jake Barnes asked so rhetorically, wouldn’t it be pretty to think so?

      • tellyspop - Aug 18, 2014 at 3:58 PM

        I know what to do old man

  7. Old Gator - Aug 18, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    My only disagreement with Craigster here is that Casey McGehee needs to be given a lot more credit for his clutch hits and…and…(I can’t go on. I’ll go on.)…VETERAN PRESENCE. Another key: Feesh starters have begun going deeper into games and giving the boolpen a little time to catch its breath. Mike Dunn was interviewed this morning and said that there was a stretch in late June and early July, when the Feesh were nosediving like a sperm whale seeking squid, when he was so worn out that he didn’t even use the weight room, just to conserve what little energy he had left.

    Another caution: Steve Cishek and that cockamamie low-bowing sidearm delivery of his may well have been solved. I don’t think his recent problems are merely mechanical or even fatigue related. The question is whether Redmond is flexible enough to plug in Ramos or Dunn as closer (me for Ramos) if Cishek blows any more saves as badly as he’s blown them over the last two or three weeks.

    Another caution: the NL East is indeed, as the Craigster pointed out, a weak division, but it is pretty much sewed up by the Gnats as long as they don’t implode. Only one of the wild card contenders ahead of or even with the Feesh at the moment, the Barves, are in the East. To get to the wild card the Feesh also need to climb over the Pirates, Giants and Cardinals, and the Reds are far from out of it and still a force to be reckoned with. The Barves have been awful enough lately so that one might anticipate the Feesh climbing past them but I think in balance the other teams are overall more talented and well-balanced this season. The Feesh are only one popped Iron Giant rivet from going into yet another nosedive – and this late in the season, a two week funk by the team Tommy knocker, of which he’s had several since April, could moot all of this discussion.

    Final caution: the Feesh, after a pretty erratic sub-500 stretch earlier this month, are being treated to the Snakes, the Rangers and the Rockies at home, three of the worst teams in either league. The Mutts are a tossup and the Barves look spent, but over the next five weeks they have three unenviable games with the Angels, four with the Brewers and eight with the Gnats, four of which are in DC, plus three with the Rockies in Denver where they’ve never really played all that well.

    So, overall, it’s been fun watching the kids grow up, and great fun watching them find their third baseman at last, but they’re still a deeply flawed team capable of suddenly going ice cold – especially, as I noted above, if the Iron Giant gets nega-streaky in the midst of it. I’m still sticking with my pre- and early season prediction: growth, progress, but no cigars.

    Next year, we’ll have to wait and see. Craig notes that El Keed will return, but when? He is not coming back from TJ until somewhere around next mid-season, and the situations at first and second base remain untenable. The Feesh have had more second basemen this year than there are nuthouse Napoleons. Salty has been having a terrible second half; his numbers are not far removed from Black Hole Buck numbers. Will he come back older and wiser from his first tour of the league?

    Most of all, what stupid moves will the team’s bloodsucking egotist ownership force down the throats of the people he hired to know better?

    And what have they done with the Chihuahua?

    Stay tuned…..

    • umrguy42 - Aug 18, 2014 at 4:39 PM

      Seems like they keep beating up on my Cardinals when they play each other, so, you know, that was good for a couple games there. (Want to say the Feesh are at least 4-2 against the Redbirds this year…)

      • Old Gator - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:11 PM

        This hasn’t been the Cardinals year. Wish I could account for their anemia at the plate. Same guys, for the most part, as last season and yet….

      • jwbiii - Aug 23, 2014 at 9:49 PM

        The Cardinals woes at the plate are fairly easy to diagnose.

        2014 RISP: 246/330/352, 9.73 Opp/G
        2013 RISP: 330/402/426, 10.01 Opp/G
        NL avg
        2014 RISP: 249/331/379, 9.57 Opp/G
        2013 RISP: 251/336/377, 9.56 Opp/G

        Regression to the mean.

  8. natstowngreg - Aug 18, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    Sticking with what I said early on, before Fernandez went down, the Fish look like a 3rd-place team with a bullet. A Billboard-style metaphorical bullet, not a real one.

    And, rest assured that the Nats aren’t taking them lightly, especially after their most recent series at the Miami-Dade County Baseball Palace of Garishness.

  9. derklempner - Aug 19, 2014 at 1:14 AM

    Jenna and I with out latest installment of “Hey, that team that used to be crappy isn’t crappy anymore” theater.

    When will the typos end? Why haven’t you hired an editor yet?

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