This sort of speaks for itself, but it’s also pretty hilarious. As a reminder, Dan Haren and Eric Byrnes were teammates in both Oakland and Arizona:
With friends like those …
Edwin Encarnacion was held out of the Blue Jays’ starting lineup on Sunday and Monday after getting a cortisone shot for his ailing left shoulder on Saturday, but he is back in there on Tuesday night, batting cleanup and serving as Toronto’s designated hitter against Marlins right-hander Dan Haren.
The cortisone injection apparently did the trick.
Encarnacion has a disappointing .219/.310/.439 slash line in 55 games this season, but that has come alongside 12 home runs and 33 RBI. “EE” should be able to get it all working soon enough. The 32-year-old slugger had a .916 OPS (150 OPS+) between 2012-2014.
Marlins closer Steve Cishek blew four of his first seven save chances, part of the reason why the Marlins got off to a 16-22 start under manager Mike Redmond before he was fired on May 17. Things haven’t gone much better since then, as the Marlins entered Saturday’s game against the Orioles on an eight-game losing streak, five have come under GM-turned-manager Dan Jennings.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that, before Redmond was fired, the Marlins had some interest in trading for Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon. The club is 16-27 now, 9.5 games out of first place in the NL East. The Marlins may not even consider themselves buyers anymore and may instead pawn of veterans including Dan Haren, Mike Dunn, and and Michael Morse leading up to the July 31 trade deadline.
Papelbon, 34, would have been and would still be an upgrade in the Marlins’ bullpen. The veteran has gotten the save in all 11 opportunities while posting a 1.50 ERA with a 23/4 K/BB ratio in 18 innings. He’s owed $13 million for the 2015 season and his 2016 option worth $13 million will vest if he finishes 31 more games between now and the end of the season. (It vests with 100 combined games finished between 2014-15. He had 52 last season and has 17 so far this season.)
The first night of the Dan Jennings experiment ended in a loss, as the Diamondbacks topped the Marlins 3-2 in 13 innings tonight in Miami.
The Marlins were held to six hits all night and their only offense came on a game-tying two-run homer by J.T. Realmuto in the seventh. Dan Haren gave up two runs over eight innings of work for Miami while Arizona’s Rubby De La Rosa went nine.
After pitching a scoreless 12th inning, former Marlins closer Steve Cishek gave up a one-out single to Chris Owings in the 13th. Owings stole second and moved over to third on a ground out before David Peralta hit a go-ahead double into right field. For a moment, it looked like the Marlins had something going in the bottom of the 13th, as Ichiro Suzuki drew a one-out walk against Enrique Burgos before stealing second base. However, the call was overturned on replay on Jeff Baker struck out to end the game.
The Marlins have now lost four in a row and seven out of eight. They sit at a disappointing 16-23 on the year and fell into last place in the National League East after the Phillies’ win over the Rockies tonight.
There was nothing too noteworthy about Jennings during the game, but there was an entertaining moment prior to the game, as Ichiro gave him a tie to wear over his uniform. It was a fitting joke to lighten the mood and Jennings appeared to get a kick out it:
After dropping back-to-back games to the Mets, the Marlins are now off to a disappointing 3-8 start this season. There’s still a long way to go, but Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton told Joe Frisaro of MLB.com after last night’s loss that he’s not happy with what he’s seeing so far:
“We’re not really giving ourselves a chance, it feels like,” Stanton said. “We’ve got a positive vibe, but [something] is just not there. The fire is not there, it seems like. You always want to have it. But when you’re out there, and it’s game time, it’s just nothing there — it seems like.”
Miami has dropped the first two of four to the red-hot Mets, winners of six straight. After each of Stanton’s first-inning homers, the Mets each night seized momentum in the mid to late innings.
“The game is nine innings,” Stanton said. “It’s not two, three. It doesn’t matter if it’s the fifth through the seventh, or the seventh through the ninth. It’s not two innings, it’s nine. We’re not playing nine.”
The Marlins managed to lock up Stanton to a massive long-term deal over the winter while making some high-profile additions like Dee Gordon, Mat Latos, Dan Haren, Martin Prado, and Michael Morse. The offseason activity made them a trendy pick for a Wild Card spot with many pundits, but Latos is off to a rough start and Henderson Alvarez is currently sidelined with shoulder inflammation, so their rotation looks shaky at the moment. Jose Fernandez is due to back at some point later this season, but it’s hard to know what to expect from someone coming back from Tommy John surgery.
Things aren’t going to get any easier for the Marlins this weekend, as they are slated to face Jacob deGrom and Matt Harvey over the next two days.