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Stanton's three walks Monday a good sign says Redmond

After striking out 10 times during the Marlins' opening six-game road trip, Giancarlo Stanton on Monday night displayed the kind of patience the team wants him to have this season, drawing a career-high three walks against the Braves.

It's the first time this season an opponent didn't give Stanton anything to hit according to skipper Mike Redmond. Stanton, hitting just .174 (4 for 23) with no homers or RBI, did strike out once looking. But the effort was a sign he's being more selective and waiting to swing at the pitches he wants to swing at.

Stanton estimated he saw "probably two" pitches he wanted to swing at Monday. Stanton saw 21 pitches Monday in all. He fouled off two and took another five for strikes. Only two of the pitches in the strike zone were fastballs.

"He just has to continue to prepare himself and be ready to hit," Redmond said. "Somebody is going to make a mistake and he's going to make someone pay. Once he does that should alleviate any stress he has.

"Last night was good. They threw him some pitches where he could have swung and he laid off. That shows progress. There's going to come a point where he finally relaxes and says I'm not worried about getting a hit or hitting a home run and when that happens it will all come together."

WEB GEM

Adeiny Hechavarria's sliding, behind-the-head catch in Monday's 2-0 loss to the Braves earned top Web Gem honors on ESPN's Baseball Tonight telecast.

Hechavarria, who ran a long way from his shortstop position and into foul territory in shallow left field to make the grab, said Tuesday he didn't know if he had a chance at first to make the grab but hustled after it anyway.

"On my way to it I saw I could reach it, but when I slid the air took it and I completely lost it," said Hechavarria, who swung his glove behind his head before making the no-look grab. "When I caught it I said 'Wow! I can't believe it.' One of the best catches I've ever made."

NEW SOD PLAYS FAST

Even tough he got a chance to play a few games at home during the World Baseball Classic last month, Stanton said Tuesday he's still getting adjusted to the new grass that was installed at Marlins Park during the off-season.

"Super fast," Stanton said when asked to give his assessment of the the new Tifway 419 Bermuda grass in the outfield that replaced the Celebration Bermuda grass, which began to brown in certain patches during the park's inaugural season.

"It's almost like astroturf fast. Doesn't remind me of any grass field I've played on before."

The outfield grass at Marlins Park, the same as the one used at Sun Life Stadium, is different than what it is being used in the infield and in foul territory. That sod is known as Platinum TE Paspalum. But it too plays fast.

"Different than last year for sure," second baseman Donovan Solano said. "The grass was quick, faster. I felt the difference. I don't know if its the same as Washington or Atlanta or any other new stadium. Hechevarria told me it was faster in Toronto because of the turf."

The Marlins would eventually like to use the Platinum TE Paspalum grass throughout the park. There simply wasn't enough available for the start of the season.

Stadium officials have brought in special lights from Holland -- similar to the ones used in European soccer leagues -- to make sure this grass doesn't begin decay. Redmond said Tuesday he expects the team will play more games with the roof open this season because park officials want the grass to grow.

The Marlins played just eight of their 81 home games last season with the roof open. They went 4-4 in those games.

THE LINEUPS

> Atlanta (6-1): 1. B.J. Upton CF, 2 Andrelton Simmons SS, 3. Justin Upton LF, 4. Evan Gattis C, 5. Dan Uggla 2B, 6. Juan Francisco 3B, 7. Chris Johnson 1B, 8. Reed Johnson RF, 9. RHP Kris Medlen.

> Marlins (1-6): 1. Juan Pierre LF, 2. Chris Coghlan CF, 3. Giancarlo Stanton RF, 4. Placido Polanco 3B, 5. Greg Dobbs 1B, 6. Donovan Solano 2B, 7. Rob Brantly C, 8. Adeiny Hechavarria SS, 9. LHP Wade LeBlanc.

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Marlin Fan

Don't like the move of sitting Ruggiano instead of Pierre . Looks to be 15thousand at the game tonight . Why have Beinfast take questions on the broadcast ???? Tired of all the BS.

Marlin Fan

Ramos and the bullpen again , can't hold a team . Please let's start calling up Yelich( once his injury is healed) , Osuna, Cox, Turner , etc etc etc

Yelnats

What ever happened to the talk of that ad to get rid of him? Anyone catch this: http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/riptide/2013/04/lifelong_marlins_fans_tossed_f.php

Lou

I know some are offended by my use of the politically incorrect word starting with "s" to describe certain people so I will continue to use "silly" as an alternative. Redmond is a very,very "silly man." You are trailing by a run in the bottom of the 9th with the NOW premiere closer in baseball on the mound. As in yesterday's game he was uncharacteristically wild and issues a lead off walk. Now you have arguably the 2nd best hitter on the team up. Since even IF Brantly gets the bunt down---on a pitch that nearly broke his kneecap---you would now have to depend upon either Etcvewhatever or a pinch hitter to drive in the runner from 2nd. I will not even dignify Redmond by relating who was on the bench to pinch hit. NOW wouldn't it have behooved Redmond to at least have Kimbrell throw a strike before having Brantly bunt OR since he was the only guy who would bat that inning with a chance, why not let him hit? I understand the logic of this argument will escape someone "who has played the game" like our skipper and I know in the long run this was only one of what will easily be 100 losses,however, I still like the game played with a modicum of intelligence. Surely in a year that will prove historic, is that too much to ask?

rbleigh

Lou, your last point is exactly that. This team isn't hitting and last I checked Redmond is no longer on the lineup card to blame. I liken this railing at Redmond to be picking wings off a fly. My guess is Redmond was the only guy on a fairly long list who was willing to take the job. And don't forget once the 100 loss season is over with Loria who should be sending Redmond love letters by then will most likely fire him to bring the next puppeteer to the circus.

I'll ask again, who's the no. 1 rated draft eligible kid this year?

Lou

It won't matter. The Marlins won't take him.

Lou

By the way, I was not railing at Redmond. I did find the strategy incomprehensible and leaving them with absolutely no chance to win. It's true that Redmond could be a combo of Madame Curie and Jonas Salk and it would not matter long term, but the game must still be played as if you are trying. Having your only guy with a chance of hitting Kimbrell squaring to bunt was the height of--Wait for it!!---SILLINESS.

Flav C.

Mark Appel, RHP from Stanford.

The Astros have the #1 pick this draft season, but will probably let go (because of the possible $7 million bonus) and the Cubs are expected to draft him.

Peter Gammons Dog

Redmond fits right in as an incompetent manager managing incompetent players for an incompetent owner. They are a perfect match.They all deserve each others incompetency.

ex season ticket holder

good one , dog...very true

Stan M

Next to the whole concept of "closer", the strategy around bunting is the most flawed in baseball. Lou, your analysis is perfectly correct. As the stat heads will say ad nauseum, the idea is to not make outs. I haven't posted this in a couple of years, but the stat heads have proven that the statistics show that the percentage for scoring a man from 1st base with no outs is actually higher than scoring a man from 2nd base with one out. One can understand pitchers bunting with a man on first, but that's about it. And as you so ably pointed out, Lou, Brantly had the far greater chance to inflict harm than those immediately following him. So far I am grearly plased with the new attitude that this manager has developed on the team, but he seems to need a competent bench coach to offer tactical advice. His decisions to date have been questionable. Marlin Fan, I said the same thing about Coghlan replacing Pierre for a time. To bence Ruggiano and not Pierre was another decision that is at the very least, questionable.

Seth

Still loving this team! An absolute joy to watch. But, admittedly I am a sucker for excellent pitching/defense which the Marlins possess in droves. You can't deny their pitching has been STOUT. The excitement of watching these kids grow into major leaguers is exactly what I wanted from this season. Thank you Mr. Loria and Mr. Samson for a great team to watch and enjoy and a great season to look forward to!

Stan M

I never knew that Loria had a second son-in-law named Seth.

Stan M

Announced attendance...14,222.

Flav C.

Stan,

The frustration isn't only for the fact that he put Brantly to bunt, who arguably is the 2nd best hitter at the moment in this team, but also due to the fact that by bunting and having one out, Redmond was relying on the weakest hitter of the team to score Solano from 2nd.

And as I mentioned before here and in other blogs, by keeping Stanton on # 3, Redmond is killing any possible momentum (even if brief) that this team can build to score a single meek run.

Last season Ozzie moved Stanton from # 4 in the rotation to # 6 when he was struggling in April and that's when Stanton started to turn things around.

When you have such a bad lineup to work with, you gotta maximize every single opportunity you have to score a run and make every single move to increase the chances of avoiding the other team to score. Those are the few instances in baseball that a manager can show what he knows (or doesn't) about strategy.

Redmond is just doing the opposite over the last few games, more specifically late in the games.

Sunny Dee

Redmond is learning in the job. He's the only one who would take the position. Remember when Bryan Price pulled his name from consideration?

So far, Redmond does not seem very sharp. However, even the best manager would not have many more wins than the Marlins currently have. This has got to be one of the worst batting lineups ever assembled in the major leagues.

Sunny Dee

I still don't know why the Marlins felt compelled to trade Bonifacio. Was he making that much money? I'm sure the Blue Jays would have taken the deal without his inclusion. At least he could get on base and cause havoc. Who can steal a base now for the Marlins?

Dade County taxpayer

Loria and Samson have proven very adept at stealing, maybe Redmond should consult them on the fine art of thievery.

Lou

Who will finish with the worst record----Astros or Marlins? You know my choice. Do these teams play each other this year>? It could be dubbed "The Little League World Series."

South Fl. State Hospital

Our deepest apologies Fish Byte people. Seth had gotten out of his straightjacket and broken into the computer lab again. He is a persistant little blogger this time of year. So sorry and please forgive us in advance of the next time this happens.

Who's on first

At least the Astros can score, every now and then

Stan M

Sunny Dee, when the trade was made, I said then, and still believe, that in 5 years Bono will be the player we most regret losing. I agree with you. Why couldn't they keep that catcher who can't hit and we keep Bono.

Sunny Dee

I think the Marlins will finish with a worse record than the Astros. The Astros at least have some bats in the lineup. They scored 16 runs yesterday. Can you ever see this Marlins lineup scoring 16 runs? Both teams are dreadful though. Unfortunately, they will not play each other this season (unless they meet in the World Series).

Marlins, Baseballs version of communism

I think we should field a women's polo team next year.

They will probably get more hits, and a better attendence than these guys.

Loria please sell the team.

Camera Mike

Just saw Clarks's tweet of today's lineup and sorry Flav but Stanston is still in the 3 hole with Polanco protecting him today. Ruggiano is back in as is Olivo and Valaika is starting at first. I hope he can cover the base and at least we'll have Dobbs on the bench if we need a PH tonight.

I know it's not a great or fear inspiring lineup, but I am trying to stay positive.

Who's on first

Mike "Genius" Redmond trying to shore up with right-handed batters; Minors is a lefty.

Pierre only lefty in the lineup.

Dobbs, Brantly, Cogs not in the lineup (all left-batters).

Mike "Genius" Redmond scouts should have told him that Minor's stats are the same for lefty or righty. So, good luck having two of the three best hitters in the team (Dobbs, Brantly) out of the lineup in the name of the stupid "lefty-righty" match-up.

Glags

Can I say something without getting killed? I hate this FO and the owner there's no question about that. However, looking at the players that were pawned off last year I can't help but feel that they'd still be 1-7 today. Johnson is due to get paid and isn't even a shadow of his former self. His only game this year he allows 3 ER in 6 IP and would've still lost had he been pitching for us in Washington.

We all wanted Hanley, Buck ane Bell gone so I can't see why anyone would be upset about those three leaving. Anibal faired quite well as a FA and there's no way this organization could've retained him. Infante is doing alright but wasn't here long enough to be a "fan favorite" and Solano has been serviceable. Even though Turner seems like a bust Brantly fills the void at catcher which we thought would be filled when Buck was signed.

Buerhle has not looked good since ST and had they kept him a year longer they would not have been able to unload his contract and Boni was fun to watch but is and always will be a serviceable utility player. So outside of Reyes they got equal value in return.

In retrospect maybe these guys aren't as stupid as we all think they are. However, what is indisputable is the fact that they are con men and bad decision makers.

I now watch baseball without any expectation which is extremely boring and for that I hold nothing but contempt for these bastards in power.

Carlos Fernandez Blanco

...We didn't know about Odysseus whereabouts, and now he's drawn his great bow and will be slaying the suitors at his palace. Fish Bytes will try to fill him in on Marlins' nafas. Don't listen only to the " retired-jocks ". The excitement comes from the youths' efforts. Marlins fans will " tar-and-feather " any " skipper " who'll saddle us with a losing season, willy-nilly.

Stan M

Thank you Glags. Now there are at least two of us. My only regret is losing Bono and Choate. Don't forget that third player we got from Detroit. He had an excellent first outing in AA ball. The problem wasn't the trades, the problem was not reinvesting at least some of the money saved. At this point in the season, if we are going to lose big, lets lose with as many kids as possible. I for one was very pleased that they kept Valaika over those two 30+YO has beens as our reserve infielder.

Georgeh'

@Glags

I don't disagree with you at all. The issue with the Marlins is that they are a SMALL market team and as a result, when they majorly screw up with big name free agents and money, they don't have the resources to correct it by- wait for it- OVERSPENDING again. We are NOT the Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers, etc. The Fish honestly thought Stanton, Morrison, Nolasco, Sanchez, Johnson, Bonifacio, Buck would become a core capable of winning a World Series with the additions of Buerle, Reyes, Bell.

I do not disagree with what the Fish did. They dismantled their aging, expensive roster in order to acquire legitimate prospects (Brantley, Turner, Hechevarria, Henderson Alvarez, Marisnick, etc.) and thus bolster their farm system. Unfortunately what makes it so difficult is the fact that this is the THIRD firesale in franchise history and we all thought the team would compete with a fair salary.

Call me crazy, but I think the Marlins actually made the move NOT to dump salary but to actually get better. They were horrible last year and now have a bright future depending on how their prospects turns out. I'd rather have future than a bleak present with an expensive old roster.

The games right now are boring (although I must admit, I do find it exciting to watch Fernandez, Brantley, Hechevarria, and soon Turner plus Henderson Alvarez because I believe the Fish have some elite prospects) but the team is in a better position to succeed in the long run. I'm with you Glags, maybe this front office isn't as clueless as most fans believe.

JUAN YANES

REDMOND NEED BE DEMOTED TO AT LEAST TO DOUBLE TEAM TO LEARN SOMETHING ABOUT THE BASEBALL PRINCIPLES AND TACTICS,EXAMPLE IT IS UNBELIEVABLE HOW HE IS MAKING THE LINE-UP BATTING ORDER. POLANCO # 4 ""OH MY GOD""" ARE YOU CRAZY REDMOND.....THIS PLAYER IS ONE OF BETTER #2 BUT IT IS UNSENSE PENCIL HIM AS # 4. OTHER (STANTON, FEEL A LOT OF PRESSURE BATTING THIRD AND FOURTH BUT REDMOND CONTINUE IN PENCIL THIS KID IN THIS SPOT, REDMOND DON'T REALIZE IT.FOR NOW RUGGIANO AND BENTLEY ARE THE PLAYERS FOR THIRD AND FOURTH IN THE BATTING ORDER. GOOD LUCK REDMOND.

JUAN YANES

MARLINS NEED A PLAYER WHO CAN FILL THE HOLE OF FOURTH IN THE LINEUP, WITH THE LOST OF CARLOS LEE (AVE 310 WITH RUNNER IN SCORING POSITION) NOBODY IN THE TEAM CAN FILL THIS SPOT. THEY NEED BRING SOON SOMEBODY A MATURE PLAYER FOR THIS ROLE IF NOT, IT IS VERY DIFFICULT TO WIN A GAME.
REDMON PLEASE STOP JOKE WITH POLANCO

JUAN YANES

BASEBALL IS LIKE AN SPECTACLE. NEED HAS QUALITY TO GET ACCEPTANCE, MY QUESTION IS : WHERE IS THE QUALITY THERE??
I SEE VERY LOW

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