CINCINNATI — Thursday afternoons 7-6 Marlins comeback victory on the Reds served as a microcosm for a wild 4-3 trip that ended at Great American Ball Park.
Since last Fridays opener in Pittsburgh, seven Marlins have landed on the injured list. Which will become eight when lefty Daniel Castano is sidelined with a mild concussion after being struck by way of a first-inning comebacker.
We talked to the people [about this being an] incredible trip for all of us, manager Don Mattingly said. We finished up on a confident on the trip, and just incredible fight. I felt like guys stepped up in every different areas. Had to utilize guys in various spots in the overall game where they’re not used to pitching. I thought our guys just hung within.
It couldnt come at a far more pivotal time, with the Trade Deadline at 6 p.m. ET Tuesday. Leading office has decisions to create with Miami (47-52) five games back of the ultimate National League Wild Card spot.
Here are three possible targets and three core pieces that impacted the finale.
1B/DH Jess Aguilar
Despite an inconsistent season, the veteran Aguilar is really a quality right-handed bat. Aguilar, who includes a $10 million mutual option for 2023 with a $200,000 buyout, has been Miamis top run producer (170 RBIs) since joining the business in 20.
In the finale, Aguilar went 3-for-4 with a homer and a season-high-tying four RBIs. The 32-year-old produces professional at-bats, as evidenced by his ninth-inning sacrifice fly that extended Miamis result in two. Entering Thursday, he previously a .793 OPS in late-and-close situations.
It has been hard as a hitter, said Aguilar, who feels the lockout benefited pitchers. It is a different year for me personally, I think for everyone, for some hitters in the league. There’s lots of good and the bad. We’ve got to keep until we’re still healthy, and I believe plenty of good stuff can occur.
RHP Anthony Bass
Beyond Sundays blown save, Bass has been unscored upon in 23 of 25 appearances since June 1. The 34-year-old worked an ideal seventh contrary to the middle of the Reds order to help keep it at a two-run deficit.
Bass, who includes a $3 million team option for 2023, has overcome his greatest nemesis from 2021: left-handed batters (.300/.374/.630). They entered Thursday with a slash type of .270/.288/.365 in 22.
LHP Steven Okert
Whats a lot more valuable than pitching? Controllable southpaws. Okert isnt arbitration eligible until following the 2024 season, therefore the Marlins certainly dont have to move him unless impressed by an offer.
Okert has been the clubs go-to southpaw setup option, entering Thursday with 11.5 strikeouts per nine innings. He can also escape righties (.141/.274/.310) and lefties (.170/.291/.277).
The 31-year-olds lone blemish across 1 2/3 innings on Thursday was Tyler Naquins solo shot in the sixth. Six of the 19 hits allowed by Okert this year have already been homers.
OF Jess Snchez
His struggles (.612 OPS since May 1) are no secret after an extraordinary April (.839). Without considering the stats, it is possible to tell by Snchezs demeanor. Expanding the zone an excessive amount of eliminates from his elite power, which he showcased on Thursday.
With Miami down one, the 24-year-old pinch-hit and anticipated a fastball. He got one from Hunter Strickland on his second ninth-inning homer of July.
A couple of things: I believe the initial one, Be happy, Snchez said. And the next one, Be promptly. If I’m promptly, Personally i think like I’ll be happy.
1B Lewin Daz
Daz, who was simply recalled when Garrett Cooper was positioned on the IL Tuesday, has been sitting on the sidelines for a day to day role but has been blocked by Aguilar and Cooper.
The 25-year-olds glove work is unmatched in the Majors, but he acknowledged he must chase pitches less often to be able to stick. Daz closed out the series by reaching in six of his final eight plate appearances (three walks). Mattingly said it had been the best he’s got seen from him.
It has been a fairly good season for me personally since the start of the season, Daz said via an interpreter Tuesday. I am working mostly this season on my discipline, attempting to swing at pitches in the strike zone. I believe this past year I didn’t get many walks. This season, Personally i think like I’m obtaining a few more walks compared to the previous years.
OF JJ Bleday
Significantly less than 24 hours after recording his first homer, the 24-year-old Bleday recorded his second hitless performance within the last three games with three strikeouts.
Miamis No. 4 prospect has been batting third somewhat out necessarily with Jorge Soler and Cooper sidelined and the Marlins attempting to disseminate the lefty bats. Thats lots of pressure for a new player who debuted on Saturday.