Mike Redmond didn’t exactly feel like a kid in a candy shop when Jake Marisnick stole two bases Monday in his first game of the season for the Marlins.
But it was close.
“It kind of feels like a new toy out there,” Redmond said. “He brings that weapon, being able to steal a base. We don’t have a lot of speed. But he’s a guy that can really change a game with his legs. It’s fun to watch.”
Marisnick, who was called up when Christian Yelich was placed on the 15-day disabled list, started in center and reached base three times.
The Marlins ranked last in the National League in steals with 23 going into Tuesday’s game against the Cubs.
Marisnick became only the second player this season to steal two bags in one game for the Marlins. Yelich did it on June 6, and it was also against the Cubs.
FATIGUE SETTING IN?
A spate of extra-inning games and brief outings by Marlins starters have conspired to tax the bullpen during the homestand. Marlins relievers combined to pitch 23 1/3 innings during the past four games.
By comparison, the Marlins’ starters in those four games totaled just 21 2/3 innings.
“We’re eating up a ton of innings,” Redmond said of the bullpen. “We’ve got to get more out of those starters. We’re not going to be able to sustain that many innings out of the bullpen the rest of the season. Those guys just aren’t going to last down there.”
Though the Marlins lost two of the three extra-inning games during the stand — including both of the 13-inning affairs on Friday and Monday — it hasn’t been because of a faulty bullpen.
Take away the three runs Kevin Slowey gave up in a mop-up effort in Saturday’s loss, and the relievers’ ERA during the taxing stretch has been a solid 1.21.
Bryan Morris has been a positive addition to the pen. Morris, obtained in that Pirates deal for a draft pick, has delivered 9 1/3 innings of scoreless baseball for the Marlins since joining the team.
Chris Hatcher is another who has also been pitching well out of the pen.
In fact, he has established a new Marlins record. Of the last 13 outs he has recorded, 12 have been whiffs.
No Marlins pitcher had ever done that before over any 13-out span, according to the good folks at the Elias Sports Bureau.
“I’m throwing the ball down,” Hatcher said. “Once you get the ball down, other pitches become a big asset. “If you look at the run I’ve had right now, it’s 1-2, 0-2 on every at bat. So you’ve got your foot on the gas and they don’t know what you’re doing.
“When you put the pressure on the hitter, it changes big time.”
Marlins RHPNathan Eovaldi
(4-2, 3.71) vs. Chicago Cubs RHPJake Arrieta
(2-1, 2.09), 12:40 p.m., Marlins Park.
Marlins LHPAndrew Heaney
(major league debut) vs. New York Mets RHPZack Wheeler
(2-7, 4.38), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.