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Fixing the Franchise: The Miami Marlins – August And September 2019

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Another month is in the books for the 2019 Miami Marlins. You can read previous installments on this season at the links below:

A Brief History
Spring Training Through Opening Day
March and April
MLB First Year Player Draft
June Through The Trade Deadline

August was an awful month for the Miami Marlins. In the midst of an already terrible month – Chris Taylor dislocated his ankle on August 25th – ending his season. Antone Cruz had been tearing it up at AAA – hitting .291 AVG with 5 HR and 22 RBI. At just 18 years old, Cruz found himself on my bench heading into the most important part of the season.

On August 29th Cruz had his coming out party. In just his third game with the club – and on the fifth at bat of his young career, he hit a homerun for his first major league hit. He came to the plate with 2 outs in the bottom of the ninth – down by one run. With a runner on first and second he drove the first pitch deep into the left center field gap – in a perfect place for both runners to score and the Fish to take home the W.

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That game he would go on to be 4/5 with 2HR, 2B, 2R, and 5RBI.

After an embarrassing start to the month, in which had just 5 wins to go along with 15 losses, the Marlins finished August strong. They were winners of their last 8 games of the month – ending the month with a 13-15 record.

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Christian Yelich was now the leader in the MVP race – proving that gutsy trade to be worthwhile.

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Aaron Nola led the Cy Young race – despite Clayton Kershaw having superior numbers.

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Vladamir Guerrero Jr. Finally found himself atop the Rookie of the Year race after claiming his second Rookie of the Month award in August.

Other News:

  • Brian Chu, now the #6 prospect in baseball, found his way onto the Blue Jays. Hopefully Marcus Stroman proves his worth – or I may really regret that trade.
  • The New Orleans Baby Cakes finished the year at 68-72 – out of the AAA playoffs.
  • The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp finished at 30-40 in AA. No playoffs for them either.

September

As we entered September the Marlins found themselves at 68-67, 3 games back of the Braves and Phillies – who were tied for the division lead. The Marlins were actually further back in the wild card race now, at four games behind the Rockies. *The Rockies had a great month, they were two games under .500 at the trade deadline.

The Marlins winning streak continued into the month. Christian Yelich sustained a lat strain on September 5th and missed a few games. The win streak eventually ended against the Brewers on September 9th – ending at 15 games.

On September 29th – the last game of the year – the Marlins found themselves one game up on the Braves for the division lead. They were playing at Philadelphia. The Phillies were out of it, and I had Chris Archer on the mound. I was feeling good.

Apparently, I was wrong to feel good. Archer laster just 1.2 innings – and the Phillies took home the win 9-4. Luckily for the Marlins, the Braves lost to the Mets – giving me the division crown.

Our playoff series was against the Cincinnati Reds, who won the N.L Central with a 97-65 record.

Pitching

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Trevor Williams had a great season. He put up Cy Young numbers – and any other season he would have won it with a 17-4 record and 2.16 ERA. The rest of my rotation was pretty great as well, all starters in my staff had a sub 3.50 ERAs.

Hitting

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Christian Yelich had an MVP worthy season and makes that trade much easier to stomach. He had a .296 AVG and .390 OBP with 39 HR and 114 RBI. Max Muncy also had a great year with a .281 AVG and .379 OBP. He led the league in HR with 45 and slugging percentage at .594.

Awards

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Clayton Kershaw took home the Cy Young Award.

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Bryce Harper was the MVP. It sure doesn’t hurt to be the cover athlete for the game. I would argue that Christian Yelich ended up with superior numbers on the season.

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Vladamir Guerrero Jr. came through the win the Rookie of the Year award. He had a good debut season at the plate. I will expect his numbers to improve with the money I am paying him now.

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I had a number of players take home the Gold Glove for their positions this season:

  • Adalberto Mondesi – SS
  • Johan Camargo – 3B
  • Ender Inciarte – CF
  • Christian Yelich – RF
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The Marlins also had a good showing with the Silver Slugger:

  • Max Muncy – 1B
  • Julio Teheran – P
  • Christian Yelich – OF

Up Next

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I will go in depth with the 2019 MLB Postseason. The Marlins will take on the Reds in the Division Series – hopefully they can bring home the pennant.

– Buzz

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