The Marlins announced on Saturday afternoon that the organization has exercised a $1.5 million club option on catcher Jeff Mathis for the 2015 season, MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro reports. As a result, the Marlins’ catching situation is already solidified with Jarrod Saltalamacchia under contract for two more years and Mathis returning for another season. Prospect J.T. Realmuto is not far behind.
Mathis mustered a meager .537 OPS during the 2014 season, but the 31-year-old is solid defensively and draws praise for the way he handles the pitching staff.
Brewers manager Craig Counsell took “the opener” to new heights in Game 5 of the NLCS on Wednesday evening. Expecting Wade Miley to pitch a sizable portion of the game, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts stacked the lineup with right-handed hitters behind leadoff batter Cody Bellinger.
Wade Miley walked Bellinger to start the game. Counsell promptly walked to the mound and called for right-hander Brandon Woodruff, removing Miley from the game after just one batter and five pitches, as was the plan. Woodruff will face almost exclusively right-handers down the Dodgers’ lineup with the exceptions of Max Muncy and Clayton Kershaw.
Miley will now start Game 6. Or will he?