As many people know, the Marlins had a Covid outbreak that allowed them to miss over a week of baseball. Finally, the Marlins were back playing in Baltimore after the well awaited resume!
Heading into the first game back for the Marlins, the Marlins played 3 games in which they went 2-1 against the Phillies. The 3 game series in Philly to start the season was full of offense for the Marlins but that may not be the case for the Marlins in Baltimore with all of their missing pieces/starters due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Game 1- August 4, 2020
The Marlins shutout the Orioles, 4-0, in a surprise win. The Marlins had over a week off but don't think the week off was to practice and get back in shape. Players were stuck in their hotels for 23 hours a day and the only thing they can do was watch baseball highlights and do workouts in their small hotel room. For example, Brandon Kintzler's way of practicing was by pitching to a mattress. Kintzler is the Marlins closer and had to keep in shape while staying in his small hotel room.
It is truly amazing that the Marlins won and beat the Orioles. The Orioles who are not the best of teams, still had the advantage because the Marlins didn't have most of their pitchers and some of their key offensive players. Not just this, the Orioles had the advantage because the Marlins were quarantined 11 days in a Philly hotel with barely any practice. The Marlins had 18 replacement players but they still managed to shut out the Orioles, 4-0!
P- Pablo Lopez
Gameday was upon and Marlins fans and players couldn't wait to see the Marlins play, especially with all of the new additions and signings. Marlins fans were also excited to see Pablo Lopez make his 2020 debut, a pitcher who is posed to have a breakout year. The breakout season has already started, as Lopez pitched 5 shutout innings while allowing 2 hits on 61 pitches. Lopez recorded a well deserved win after having 1 week off with no practice. Lopez was taken out pretty early as he only threw 61 pitches and wasn't doing bad at all. The Marlins never regretted the decision of taking out Lopez early because the Marlins relievers pitched 4 shutout innings.
Since the Marlins bullpen was the most effected by the coronavirus, the Marlins signed and called up tons of new relievers. Putting these new relievers in the game starting off in the 6th inning could have came to haunt the Marlins but it didn't! James Hoyt who last played for the Astros and Indians came in right after Lopez in the 6th inning. Hoyt pitched 1 inning giving up 1 hit while recording 2 strikeouts. The Marlins traded for Hoyt a few days ago after the Marlins staff saw that the team was short relievers. After Hoyt, came in Richard Bleier, who spent most of his career on the Orioles. This was the perfect spot for Marlins skipper Don Mattingly to put in Bleier, on the Camden Yards mound. Bleier has been amazing pitching on the Camden Yards mound in his career, and it continued with Bleier pitching 1 inning giving up no hits and recording 1 strikeout. After Bleier, came in Kintzler and Boxberger, who were one out of 4 Marlins pitchers who tested negative for the coronavirus. Both Kintzler and Boxberger came in and got the job done to end the night for the Marlins. Kintzler and Boxberger combined for 2 innings with no hits allowed! This was a very impressive job by the Marlins pitching staff!
The Marlins scored 4 runs against the Orioles in a shutout win. Two of the Marlins runs came on a Francisco Cervelli solo home run, and the other came on a Jesus Aguilar solo home run. Cervelli's line drive home run to left field just cleared the wall, and was his first home run in a Marlins uniform.
In the 8th inning, when the game already seemed to be in the books, Aguilar extended the Marlins lead to 4-0, on his 3rd home run in the 4 games the Marlins played this season. The former Home Run Derby first seed was signed by the Marlins this offseason, and has been nothing but great to start the season!
Marlins Offensive Newbies!
Monte Harrison- Well awaited minor leaguer and center fielder Monte Harrison finally made his MLB debut, but he did not record his first MLB hit. Harrison who was one of the biggest and strongest hitters in the minors was always a player that Marlins fans and staff couldn't wait to see in the majors. The center fielder was batting 9th in the lineup today, but should get many more chances to record his first MLB hit and home run due to the Marlins shortage of players.
Logan Forsythe- Long time MLB veteran and utility player Logan Forsythe was signed by the Marlins a few days ago due to the shortage of players. Forsythe went o for 3 in his Marlins debut but should get many chances to play at many different positions, due to the Marlins shortage of players.
The Marlins 4-0 win over the Orioles proved many things!
First, the Marlins proved that nothing can stop them. The Marlins players barely practiced in the last week due to being stuck in a hotel room for around 23 hours a day. This didn't stop the Marlins from shutting out the Orioles in their first game back since Covid. The Marlins also proved that losing players and pitchers wasn't that big of a deal. The Marlins have temporarily lost many players due to the coronavirus but this didn't stop the Marlins from leaving off where they left off.
Secondly, the Marlins proved that they can be in serious playoff contention this year, especially in a 60 game season and in an expanded playoff format. Even though it is just 4 games, the Marlins are first in the NL East. The Mets are having a bad start and the Phillies are in no harm to the Marlins as they beat them in the opening series. The Nationals right now have a .500 win percentage and the Braves may fall down the road due to their pitching staff. Even with the Marlins Covid outbreak, the Marlins can be the team to be reckoned with in 2020. We will see what is up ahead for the Marlins, but for right now the Marlins are a team that can surprise many people.
Marlins- 4 Pablo Lopez(W)
Orioles- 0 John Means(L)
Player of the Game- Pablo Lopez
Isaac Edelman covers the South Florida sports teams and the Mets as well as other breaking news stories and opinions on Major League Baseball, the NBA, NFL, and the NHL on his SportsCastr live streaming channel.