The fans at Chase Field got to celebrate twice Sunday as the D-backs clinched a Wild Card berth during the game and then secured home-field advantage in the National League Wild Card Game with a 3-2 walk-off win over the Marlins. J.D. Martinez delivered the game-winning hit by lacing a single to left field with […]
The Marlins spoiled whatever party the home team had planned as they beat the D-backs, 12-6, on Saturday night, keeping Arizona’s magic number for clinching a National League Wild Card berth at one.
The D-backs will have a chance to clinch home-field advantage in the NL Wild Card Game when they face the Marlins in the series finale at Chase Field on Sunday afternoon. They do so with Patrick Corbin, their longest-tenured starting pitcher, on the hill.
Along with being the beginning of the Marlins’ final road trip of the season, the series with the D-backs features two of the top National League MVP candidates.
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Giancarlo Stanton is having a record-setting home run season, but he’s not the only Marlins outfielder worthy of National League MVP consideration. Marcell Ozuna, an All-Star who is having a career year, has the type of all-around production to at least be in the conversation.
When the ownership group led by Bruce Sherman and Derek Jeter takes over the Marlins, four prominent members of the organization will not be back. The organization is not retaining special assistants Jack McKeon, Andre Dawson, Tony Perez and Jeff Conine, according to multiple sources. The club has not confirmed.
Home runs aren’t the only milestones Giancarlo Stanton is accumulating. The All-Star right fielder on Friday night had a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning, which tied Preston Wilson’s franchise-record of 121 that was set in 2000.
It was definitely not a pitchers’ duel at Chase Field on Friday night as Chris Iannetta smacked two home runs and drove in eight as the D-backs won a slugfest with the Marlins, 13-11, and inched closer to clinching a postseason berth.
In the latest Inbox, Marlins beat reporter Joe Frisaro answers questions on the futures of Ichiro Suzuki and Martin Prado, as well as the potential influence the next ownership group could have on roster decisions.
A battle between two of the National League Most Valuable Player Award frontrunners takes place in Arizona, as Giancarlo Stanton continues his chase for 60 home runs and Paul Goldschmidt hopes to keep the D-backs atop the Wild Card standings.