Jake Marisnick picked up his first outfield assist of the season Thursday night when he raced in from centerfield to catch a fly ball, and then gunned out Mets lead-off hitter Eric Young Jr. with a bullet throw to first base in the eighth inning.
Even before Marisnick was called up Monday, the Marlins were already playing sensational defense as an outfield — arguably the best in baseball.
According to Baseball Info Solutions, Marlins outfielders lead baseball with 26 runs saved this season — five more than the Mets, who are second. A year ago, the Marlins ranked 17th in the same category at minus-3.
Right fielder Giancarlo Stanton is a big reason. He ranks third among all outfielders with 13 runs saved (last season Stanton was at minus-7).
Marcell Ozuna, the usual starter in center, is sixth overall with nine runs saved (he was plus-2 in 2013). Left fielder Christian Yelich, expected to be back from the disabled list on June 29, ranks 29th with four runs saved (he was minus-1 in 2013).
“Those guys can cover a lot of ground,” manager Mike Redmond said. “That’s fun, especially in this ballpark. The gaps are big and the ballpark is spacious. We have fast young guys out there that can cover a lot of ground. Pitching wise it’s a lot more comforting you know you have those guys out there.”
Before he was booted out of the Marlins rotation Monday, Jacob Turner had made all but one of his 117 professional appearances as a starting pitcher.
Redmond said Turner, who is out of minor league options, is going to have to pitch a lot better in his new role as a long reliever before the team considers putting him back into the rotation.
“Whether it’s a confidence thing or just a result thing, he needs to pitch better,” Redmond said. “If he’s able to do that then we’ll see where we’re at as far the rotation.
Turner, who is 7-18 with a 4.70 ERA as a starter in the big leagues, would obviously prefer to start. It’s all he’s known.
“But at the same time I understand their perspective on it,” Turner said. “So, I’m not so much saying it shouldn’t be this way. I just have to go down there and execute and be more consistent. I think when I do that good things will happen.”
It wasn’t too long ago the bullpen was giving Redmond headaches. He said he feels a lot better about the bullpen lately.
A suddenly dominant Chris Hatcher, a rock solid Bryan Morris (he hasn’t given up a run in 11 1/3 innings since being acquired on June 1 from the Pirates) and the recent arrival of 36-year-old veteran Kevin Gregg have all played key roles in that.
• Saturday: Marlins RHP Tom Koehler (5-5, 3.84) vs. Mets RHP Jacob deGrom (0-4, 4.39), 4:10 p.m. Marlins Park.
• Sunday: Marlins RHP Anthony DeSclafani (1-1, 5.60) vs. Mets LHP Jonathon Niese (3-4, 2.67), 1:10 p.m. Marlins Park.