Wade LeBlanc

Marlins Losing Continues, But Team Not As Bad As Their Record Indicates

Yes, the Marlins are 11-30. Despicable. Deplorable. But is this team really that bad? The Fish have had tons of injuries. Nathan Eovaldi, Henderson Alvarez, Giancarlo Stanton, Logan Morrison, Jeff Mathis, Donovan Solano, Joe Mahoney, Casey Kotchman - the list goes on and on. It hasn't helped this team gain any consistency at all at any point in the season thus far. Not an excuse, but it … [Read more...]

Marlins Spring Training 2013: Jacob Turner Likely to Be Demoted, Rotation Set

Jacob Turner could not throw strikes and that was ultimately the deciding factor on his immediate future with the Marlins. In a rain-shortened 4-1 loss to the Astros, Turner walked the lead off batter in every inning he pitched and just struggled with his control. Getting more time at AAA New Orleans will allow him to work on his control a bit and focus more on "pounding the strike zone" as Mike … [Read more...]

Marlins Spring Training 2013: Demotions, Lawsuits, and Other Notes

Looks like I was wrong about Chone Figgins. Despite hitting .318 this spring with the Fish, he is not viewed as a valued asset over other options the Marlins have in house. He was released by the Marlins this past Wednesday, leaving the team with 42 players left in camp. That means that Figgins could not displace Nick Green, Kevin Kouzmanoff, Matt Downs, and Chris Valaika as an option. Figgins … [Read more...]

Marlins Spring Training 2013: Observations vs Mets 3/16

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A couple of things are standing out to me while watching this game against the Mets today in Port Saint Lucie. Kevin Slowey has solid stuff. That 5th starter spot is going to be a tough decision with Wade LeBlanc, John Maine, Alex Sanabia, and Slowey in the mix. They might just have to keep all of them around to give the Fish more options for starting pitching if young arms aren't quite up to … [Read more...]

Marlins Spring Training 2013: Key Battles Emerging for CF, 5th Spot in Rotation, IF

The Marlins spring is really getting some notice around baseball. This is a team that has purged payroll, yet again, and has reverted back to a youth movement. Although this has netted much criticism from fans, it does seem to have promise for the immediate future. The Marlins are winning games and playing highly competitive baseball at all positions. They are getting solid pitching … [Read more...]

Fish Stew: Marlins Spring Training 2013 Sunday Edition 3/3

So, what is going on in the world of the Miami Marlins? Let's pull up some chairs and take a look. Dan Le Batard finally weighs in on the whole Jeffrey Loria thing. States that basically, this franchise has to win back the trust of the fans - but did they ever truly have it in the first place? Credibility is at the core of the problem for the Marlins and Le Batard, surprisingly for him, makes … [Read more...]