The rain delay in Thursday’s 6-4 win over the Nationals may factor into how the Marlins’ rotation shapes up in New York next week.
David Phelps has half-jokingly referred to himself as a “utility pitcher,” because he offers so many options — having been a starter, a long reliever and even a one-inning setup man.
The Marlins may have been off on Friday, but the organization still had a productive day as outfielder Cole Gillespie cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A New Orleans.
Under no circumstances was Marlins right-hander David Phelps ready to surrender the baseball in the fifth inning Thursday, with two on and one out in a crucial part of a rain-soaked home opener for the Nationals.
Washington’s Joe Ross and Miami’s Tom Koehler will face off Saturday at Nationals Park in a matchup of right-handers whose performances are vital to their teams’ success in 2016.
The Marlins had five players finish with multihit games as they bombarded the Natiionals with 13 hits en route to a 6-4 victory Thursday, giving Don Mattingly his first win as Miami’s manager and spoiling Washington’s home opener at Nationals Park.
On a soggy Thursday when five Marlins combined to throw 174 pitches in a 6-4 win over the Nationals, none was more important than the 89-mph fastball by lefty reliever Craig Breslow that froze Anthony Rendon to end the eighth inning.
The Marlins are averaging 5.3 runs and have notched at least 10 hits in each game this season. “We’ve swung the bats pretty good all year, but we hadn’t gotten out of the gate,” said Marlins manager Don Mattingly. “We got out of the gate in this game.”
There were no issues or complications in Tyler Kolek’s Tommy John surgery, and the Marlins anticipate having their top prospect back on the mound in 12 to 18 months.
Major League Baseball’s new slide rule shouldn’t be an issue for the Marlins, as long as the players understand the rule. The way manager Don Mattingly sees it his club will have to make the adjustments. If they do, it shouldn’t be a problem.
After spending 2015 shuttling between rotation and bullpen, Tanner Roark entered this season intent on winning a job as a starter. Now Roark is not only a firm member of the Nats’ five-man staff, but he is set to start the home opener Thursday against Adam Conley and the Marlins at Nationals Park.