Series beginning

Miami Marlins

It's been a while since the Mariners faced the Marlins. It's a headline-writer's dream matchup, of course, but until now it was one that happened infrequently. Now, of course, it will happen every year thanks to the new expanded Interleague scheduling that begins next season. But before we get to Mariners Reel in Marlins or Fish Capsize Mariners or whathaveyou, there are three games to play this weekend.

The Fish are having a decent start to their 2021 campaign, entering this series with a 10-8 record after completing a 5-1 road swing through Atlanta and DC. Ten wins is impressive for a team that lost 95 last season, but it's not exactly the same team. Miami made a few trades and other acquisitions over the offseason and the parted ways with Derek Jeter, who had been their CEO and part of their ownership group. New to the Marlins are catcher Jacob Stallings, infielder Joey Wendle, and outfielders Jorge Soler and Avisáil García, giving them a solid lineup and improved defense. They join hotshot second baseman Jazz Chisholm Jr., unofficial team captain Miguel Rojas, former All-Star first baseman Jesús Aguilar, and young star-in-the-making Jesús Sánchez to form an interesting club. On the mound, Miami features a young starting rotation led by former All-Star right-hander Sandy Alcantara and 2021 Rookie of the Year runner-up Trevor Rogers, while the bullpen is a bit older and more experienced, though perhaps less consistent. Former Mariners Anthony Bass and Shawn Armstrong are among that relief corps, with Bass getting the lion's share of innings so far and making the most of them—to date, Bass has a WHIP of just 0.600.

In the early going here in ’22, Chisholm, Wendle, and Sánchez have been the hitting stars with 34 RBI between them. The Mariners will miss starting pitcher Pablo López's turn in the rotation, which is a good thing; López leads the Majors in ERA at 0.39 after four starts. They will face Elieser Hernández, the elder statesman of the Miami rotation at 27; Jesús Luzardo, whom they saw a fair amount of when he pitched for the Oakland A's; and Alcantara, who is having a great start to his season at 2-0 with a 1.78 ERA in four starts thus far. Seattle will counter with Matt Brash on Friday, Robbie Ray on Saturday, and Logan Gilbert in the Sunday matinee finale.

Mariners vs. E. Hernández
A. Frazier 1/4 0 1 0
T. Murphy 1/1 0 0 0
E. Suárez 1/2 0 0 0
Mariners vs. J. Luzardo
J. Crawford 0/2 0 0 0
T. France 1/5 0 0 1
J. Kelenic 0/1 0 0 1
D. Moore 0/3 0 0 1
T. Murphy 1/2 0 0 1
E. Suárez 0/2 0 0 1
L. Torrens 2/2 1 0 0
Mariners vs. S. Alcantara
A. Frazier 5/10 1 0 0
E. Suárez 1/3 0 1 0
J. Winker 1/0 0 0 0


Marlins vs. M. Brash
Marlins vs. R. Ray
J. Aguilar 2/9 0 1 2
B. Anderson 2/6 1 1 1
J. Berti 1/8 1 1 3
J. Chisholm 0/6 0 0 2
G. Cooper 2/8 0 0 4
A. García 0/2 0 1 1
M. Rojas 5/13 1 1 1
J. Sánchez 0/3 0 0 2
J. Soler 1/5 0 1 1
J. Wendle 0/2 0 0 0
Marlins vs. L. Gilbert
J. Wendle 3/4 0 0 0


Last ten 7-3
Home 4-3
vs. LHP 2-2
vs. RHP 8-6
One-run games 5-3
Interleague 0-2
vs. Mariners 0-0

Who’s Hot & Not

Last 10 games

Jazz Chisholm Jr.
.324/.366/.649, 2 HR, 10 RBI

Joey Wendle
.294/.368/.471, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 3 SB

Avisáil García
.175/.175/.275, 13 Ks

Miguel Rojas
.162/.225/.216, 5 Ks

Jorge Soler
.180/.273/.256, 10 Ks

Last 3 series vs. Seattle

8/19/17 SEA 10, MIA 5
8/18/17 MIA 5, SEA 0
8/17/17 SEA 6, MIA 1
4/20/14 MIA 3, SEA 2
4/19/14 MIA 7, SEA 0
4/18/14 MIA 8, SEA 4
6/26/11 SEA 2, FLA 1
6/25/11 FLA 4, SEA 2
6/24/11 SEA 5, FLA 1



Don Mattingly: Another New Yorker moving to Florida in his later years. The longtime Yankee star is in his seventh year managing the Fish, and it's been a rather different experience than his first managing gig with the Dodgers. In LA, Donnie Baseball won three division titles; in Miami the only postseason he's seen was in the wacky 2020 mini-season when you could get in by being a .500 team (Miami was 31-29 and one of far too many Wild Cards). He's lost over 500 games with the Marlins, but to cut him some slack, they were pretty awful teams. This year the club is on the rise, or at least so Floridians hope. That just-over-.500 performance in 2020 was enough to earn Mattingly that year's Manager of the Year honors, but again, 2020 so make of that what you will. Fish fans seem to think that this is a do-or-die year for Mattingly and the Marlins; as he was hired by the Jeter regime that is now gone, and 2020 aside success has not come to South Florida since he got there, he may need to prove his worth with a postseason appearance to get a renewal on his contract.

Familiar Face


Anthony Bass: Perhaps the best of Miami's relievers, Bass is in his second year with the Marlins. But in 2019, he suited up for the Mariners as one of Seattle's better relievers. Bass appeared in 44 games for those woeful last-place M's, striking out 43 batters in 48 innings and posting a sub-1.000 WHIP. Seattle lost him to a waiver claim after the ’19 season; he pitched for the Blue Jays in 2020 and hooked up with Miami after that as a free agent. Bass is a frequent presence on Twitter (@AnthonyBass52) and lists Seattle as one of his favorite cities, but also has stories of his year (2016) in Sapporo, Japan, as a member of the Nippon-Ham Fighters (and teammate of AL MVP Shohei Ohtani).

Franchise History

Miami Marlins(2012 - present)
World Champions:1997, 2003
Division Titles:Never

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