“Who else pitched?” Mattingly mentioned after one sport, making an attempt to run via his bullpen strikes. “I actually don’t know.”
A surreal 2020 season for the Marlins solely felt extra in order they packed up and departed Baltimore late Thursday night time. At 6-1 following their sweep, matching the most effective seven-game begin in franchise historical past, they held the most effective report within the majors by profitable share.
“I’m going to have to jot down a guide after this,” Mattingly mentioned on a video convention with reporters after Thursday night time’s finale. “You get examined, and you persist.”
The Marlins arrived in Baltimore on Tuesday on the finish of a week-long nightmare, which started with a coronavirus outbreak that contaminated 18 gamers and two coaches and compelled the workforce’s remaining touring occasion to self-isolate of their Philadelphia resort for eight days and nights.
There have been 13 Marlins gamers left in Philadelphia at that time, a gaggle that took to calling themselves “The Trece” — Spanish for “13.” Veteran nearer Brandon Kintzler mentioned he saved his arm in form in the course of the quarantine by pushing his mattress up towards a wall, establishing chairs to function “hitters” and firing pitches for half an hour a day.
“I don’t know if the blokes are hungry or indignant, however we’re not serious about something,” veteran catcher Francisco Cervelli mentioned. “ … Play arduous and don’t make excuses.”
Of the 17 new gamers who joined the Marlins this week, seven had not been invited to both common spring coaching in February nor the three-week summer time camp in July. One other 4 had been high prospects who had but to make their huge league debuts.
Maybe essentially the most intriguing of the newcomers was infielder Eddy Alvarez, a 30-year-old rookie finest generally known as a silver medalist within the 5,000-meter short-track speedskating relay on the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, and whose huge league debut Wednesday night time accomplished a journey that included six years within the minor leagues.
“I received to skate in entrance of 25,000 individuals in an area,” Alvarez mentioned on a video convention with reporters. “That type of ready me for [this]. I had related jitters getting into the opening ceremonies [in Sochi] as I used to be to listen to the announcer say it was my Main League debut.”
The Marlins’ sweep of the Orioles included two shutouts, two one-run wins and an 8-7 victory within the finale Thursday that featured 4 blown leads and harrowing ninth-inning escape when Kintzler almost blew a fifth.
Coming off a Nationwide League-worst 105 losses in 2019, the Marlins would have been unlikely candidates to be main the NL East two weeks into the season below any circumstances — however particularly after all the things they’ve been via.
No one is able to anoint the Marlins as World Collection contenders primarily based on a sweep of the Orioles, who misplaced a mixed 223 video games in 2018 and 2019, and their street will get no simpler from right here. They gained’t play their first house sport till Aug. 14 — some three weeks into the season. They are going to end the season with a stretch of 27 video games in 23 days, that includes 4 doubleheaders in a 10-day span.
However everybody in baseball understood virtually something might occur in a 60-game season. Maybe the Marlins merely have a extra fertile creativeness that anybody else.