Description: Marlins minor league first baseman Justin Bour is posting a .318 average with 17 home runs and 64 RBI at Triple-A New Oreleans.
Insight: Bour has spent 21 games with the Marlins, in which he had 27 at-bats. Miami first baseman Garrett Jones has one year left on his contract, so we will have to see what happens if Jones can play at the big league level in 2015.
Bour played well at Triple-A New Orleans, batting .330 with nine homers, 36 RBI and a .969 OPS. There is no pressure on the 26-year old who could be the long-term answer at 1B.
Description: Marlins right-hander Henderson Alvarez gave up one run on five hits in seven innings Saturday against Arizona to improve to 9-5.
Insight: Alvarez spent the past two and a half weeks on the disabled list with a shoulder injury, but he didn't miss a beat. The right-hander has dazzled this season, recording a 2.43 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP in 144 2/3 innings.
Description: Marlins starter Jarred Cosart showed no ill effects of an oblique injury in his dominant start against the Cardinals Tuesday night.
Insight: Cosart (10-8, 4.27 ERA, 1.40 WHIP) allowed three hits, all singles, walked one and struck out three over seven scoreless innings. He had given up 23 earned runs on 36 hits in his previous 26 2/3 innings.
Description: Marlins third baseman Casey McGehee is just 1-for-15 (.067) against Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright.
Insight: Miami's signing of McGehee (.302) has worked out well for the team and fantasy owners. With opponents avoiding Giancarlo Stanton in RBI situations, the result has been that McGehee has been in a great spot and has knocked in 60 runs despite hitting just three home runs. This matchup, however, is not favorable.
Description: Miami right fielder Giancarlo Stanton has hit five homers in his last five games and eight in his last 12.
Insight: Stanton struggled for most of July, but he homered in each of the last two games of the month and has blasted six home runs in August. He went 2-for-3 with two homers, three RBI and a walk Monday against the Cardinals and is now tied with Jose Abreu and Nelson Cruz for the MLB lead in homers with 31.
Description: Marlins starter Jarred Cosart (oblique) has been cleared to start Tuesday against the Cardinals, according to the Miami Herald.
Insight: The Astros traded Cosart to the Marlins on July 31 and Cosart allowed four runs over 5 1/3 innings the next day. He was scratched from his last start with oblique soreness, but he's ready to go Tuesday. He's 9-8 with a 4.51 ERA, a 1.45 WHIP and a 78/55 K/BB in 121 2/3 innings.
Description: Miami starter Nathan Eovaldi has allowed one run on two hits over 15 innings in August, facing the Reds in both starts.
Insight: Eovaldi's terrific start (3.05 ERA in first 13 starts) gave way to a 6.41 ERA from June 13 to July 28, but he's back on track. He threw eight scoreless innings Friday to get his ERA back below 4.00. He's 6-6 with a 3.99 ERA, a 1.20 WHIP and 105 Ks in 151 innings, so he's a decent NL-only option.
Description: Miami right fielder Giancarlo Stanton homered again Friday against the Reds.
Insight: Make that three straight games with a homer for Stanton. He hit .205 with a two home runs and 32 Ks over 83 at-bats in his first 23 games of July, but he's gone 5-for-13 with a double, three homers and five RBI in his last four games.
Description: Miami right-hander Henderson Alvarez has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.
Insight: Alvarez threw seven scoreless innings Tuesday against the Nationals and ranks fourth in the NL with a 2.48 ERA. Jacob Turner, who was going to be replaced by Jarred Cosart in the rotation, will take Alvarez' spot.
Description: Jarred Cosart, Enrique Hernandez and Austin Wates have been traded from the Astros to the Marlins for Jake Marisnick, Colin Moran, Frances Martes and a 2015 compensation pick.
Insight: The 24-year-old Cosart is the only player in this trade that fantasy owners need to worry about this season, and he's 9-7 with a 4.41 ERA, a 1.46 WHIP and 75 Ks in 116 1/3 innings. In other words, he's really not someone fantasy owners need to own.
Description: Miami right fielder Giancarlo Stanton has homered in two straight games.
Insight: Stanton hit .205 with a two home runs and 32 Ks over 83 at-bats in his first 23 games of July, but he'll go into August on a high note. He went 4-for-10 with a double and two homers the past three games.
Description: Miami starter Nathan Eovaldi has allowed 18 runs on 21 hits over 16 1/3 innings his last three starts.
Insight: Eovaldi had a 3.05 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP in his first 13 starts, but he's been tagged for 64 hits and 38 earned runs over 53 1/3 innings in his last nine (6.41 ERA, 1.44 WHIP). His ERA and WHIP stand at 4.37 and 1.26, respectively, after he allowed five runs in 5 1/3 innings Monday against the Nationals. Eovaldi throws as hard as anyone in the league, but he doesn't have the secondary stuff to generate strikeouts.
Description: Miami right fielder Giancarlo Stanton has four career home runs in 19 at-bats against Braves left-hander Mike Minor.
Insight: The slugger has mashed left-handers this season batting .373 with a 1.190 OPS. Stanton hasn't been hitting much of anything of late, however, .154 over the past two weeks, but Minor is still likely to pitch around him in any key situation.
Description: Miami right-hander Henderson Alvarez (shin) has been cleared to start Thursday against the Astros, according to the Miami Herald.
Insight: Alvarez took a comebacker off the left shin Saturday and had to exit his start. He's gone 6-5 with a 2.64 ERA, a 1.26 WHIP and 75 Ks in 122 2/3 innings this season. Fantasy owners might want to sell high; because his K/9 is just 5.5 and he doesn't get a lot of run support from the Marlins, his value relies heavily on his ERA.
Description: Miami 3B Casey McGehee continues to swing a hot bat, knocking out a couple more hits and an RBI, his 53rd of the season.
Insight: McGehee is now batting .320 after Sunday's two-hit game. McGehee is proving to be a very good clutch hitter, too bad he has no home run power. He did hit 23 long balls in 2010, but that was a lifetime ago.
Description: Miami 3B Casey McGehee continues to swing a hot bat, knocking in the tying run off Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal.
Insight: McGehee is now batting .317 after Saturday's three-hit game. Throw in 52 RBI despite just one home run and McGehee is proving to be a very good clutch hitter. Not bad for a guy who spent last season in Japan.
Description: Miami starter Nathan Eovaldi rebounded from two poor outings in a row with 6 1/3 scoreless innings Monday at Philadelphia.
Insight: Eovaldi (5-3, 3.52 ERA) has commanded his stuff much better in 2014, lowering his BB/9 from 3.39 to 1.54. The right-hander has one of the hardest fastballs in the majors at 95.5 mph, but he lacks the secondary stuff to be a big-time strikeout artist (6.86 K/9).
Description: Miami right-hander Henderson Alvarez has a 1.44 ERA in 56 1/3 innings at Marlins Park this season.
Insight: Alvarez held the Mets scoreless over 6 1/3 innings to win his fourth game of the season Friday. Miami has won each of Alvarez' last seven starts, but the right-hander picked up just two wins in that span.
Description: Marlins prospect Andrew Heaney held his own in his big league debut Thursday against the Mets.
Insight: Heaney gave up four hits and one run while striking out three and walking one over six innings. However, he dropped a 1-0 decision to Zack Wheeler. Heaney was terrific in the minors and should be owned in all leagues.
Description: Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria mashed four hits in Tuesday's victory over the Cubs.
Insight: Hechavarria is quietly heating up. Over his last six contests, the shortstop has hit .444 with ten singles and one double. Though not a long-term fantasy option, feel free to ride Hechavarria (.272, 0 HR, 15 RBI) during his hot streak.
Description: Miami first baseman Garrett Jones went 1-for-4 with a homer and three RBI Tuesday against the Cubs.
Insight: Down 4-3 in the bottom of the seventh, Jones hit a go-ahead three-run homer off Brian Schlitter. Jones has nine homers against righties this season and is batting .188 with zero homers against lefties.
Description: Marlins left-hander Randy Wolf was designated for assignment on Monday.
Insight: Wolf, who has now pitched for six teams since 2008, lasted just six games in Miami, registering a 5.26 ERA in 25 2/3 innings. The 37-year-old may catch on elsewhere but his days of being a useful fantasy contributor are over.
Description: Marlins right-hander Jacob Turner is headed back to the bullpen. SOURCE: Juan Rodriguez, Miami Sun Sentinel
Insight: After three rough outings in a row, manager Mike Redmond decided it was time for a change. Turner owns a 6.38 ERA in nine appearances this season and shouldn't be owned in any fantasy leagues.
Description: Marlins left fielder Christian Yelich is headed to the 15-day DL. SOURCE: Joe Frisaro, MLB.com
Insight: He's missed Miami's last two games with a lower back strain and the injury doesn't seem to be getting any better. Jake Marisnick is expected to be called up from Triple-A New Orleans to take Yelich's roster spot.
Description: Miami left fielder Christian Yelich (back) is out of the lineup Sunday.
Insight: He suffered a lower-back strain early in Friday's game. Reed Johnson started in left field Saturday and Rafael Furcal took over for Yelich as the leadoff hitter in Miami's order. Miami will use that setup again Sunday.
Description: Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna went 2-for-3 with a triple, a homer, a walk and three RBI Saturday against the Pirates.
Insight: All three of the home runs and all nine of the RBI Ozuna has in June have come across three games. He's gone without an RBI in the other nine games this month, so he isn't exactly the steadiest daily-league performer. On the year, he's batting .271 with 12 homers, 42 RBI, 33 runs and a .785 OPS.
Description: Miami right-hander Henderson Alvarez exited Sunday's game with a strained left hip. SOURCE: Juan Rodriguez, Sun Sentinel
Insight: Henderson allowed two runs (one earned) in 5 1/3 innings. Though opponents are hitting over .280 against him, Henderson's 2.56 ERA this season is ninth-lowest in the National League. Consider him day-to-day.
Description: Marlins first baseman Garrett Jones went off for three hits Friday against Chicago.
Insight: It's his second three-hit game in a row. After a disappointing year in Pittsburgh last season (.233, 15 HR, 51 RBI), Jones seems to have resurrected his career in Miami with a .278 average through 58 games. He's a good player to have in fantasy because he's eligible at outfield as well as first base.
Description: Marlins catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia was still reporting post-concussion symptoms earlier in the week so he isn't likely to return in seven days.
Insight: Saltalamacchia is batting just .177 with one homer and 30 Ks in May. Jeff Mathis has done little with the opportunity to play regularly and just-brought-up J.T. Realmuto knocked in three runs with two hits Thursday night in his first start.
Description: Miami right-hander Henderson Alvarez (elbow stiffness) is set to start Tuesday night against Tampa Bay after he threw a pain-free, 20-pitch bullpen session on Saturday.
Insight: Alvarez has been one of baseball's more reliable starters this year, posting a 2.97 ERA and 1.34 WHIP over 11 starts, but the fact that's he's coming off an injury-shortened start (62 pitches) coupled with his horrendous lifetime numbers against the Rays (0-5, 6.28 ERA in 28 2/3 IP) makes him a risky play.
Description: Miami left-hander Randy Wolf won for the first time this season Monday against Tampa Bay.
Insight: If you want to get technical, it's actually his first win since September of 2012. Wolf looked sharp on Monday, surrendering just three hits and one earned run over six innings. The victory puts the Marlins one game over .500. Wolf's next outing will come Saturday against Chicago.
Description: Miami first baseman Garrett Jones had a .904 OPS in May and he has a favorable matchup Sunday against Braves starter Aaron Harang.
Insight: Jones has hit .389 with two doubles and one homer in 18 at-bats against Harang. The 32-year-old is hitting .286 with 12 doubles, eight homers and an .897 OPS against right-handers this season.
Description: Marlins left fielder Christian Yelich belted three hits in Saturday's loss to Atlanta.
Insight: Yelich has been a borderline fantasy player for most of the season, hitting .255 with five homers and 18 RBI over 212 at bats. He batted .288 as a rookie in 2013 so Yelich certainly has the ability to be a difference maker. Maybe Saturday's outing will lead to a hot streak.
Description: Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton is just 1-for-12 (.083) against Braves starter Julio Teheran.
Insight: Stanton has been one of the top players in baseball this season and is hitting .318 with an NL leading 15 home runs, 49 RBI, 38 runs, four steals and a 1.034 OPS. He's got a tough matchup on Friday.
Description: Miami third baseman Casey McGehee led the way with four hits Wednesday in a ten-inning win over Washington.
Insight: All four of his hits were singles. Despite hitting just one home run this season, McGehee is on pace for 98 RBI, which would be his most since 2010 when he was second among big league third basemen with 104 runs driven in.
Description: Marlins starter Nathan Eovaldi has given up three earned runs on 13 hits with a 7/2 K/BB over 12 1/3 innings since his worst start of the year on May 15.
Insight: Eovaldi gave up six runs on nine hits in 4 1/3 innings at San Francisco three starts ago, but he's won his last two games and is 4-2 with a 3.36 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP. He's lowered his BB% from 8.9 in 2013 to 4.9 this year.
Description: Miami will be without catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia Sunday against the Brewers. SOURCE: Joe Frisaro, MLB.com
Insight: We're chalking it up to a routine off day though it's worth noting Salty did sit out a few games earlier this week because of an ankle injury. Jeff Mathis (.294, 2 HR, 4 RBI) is starting in his place.
Description: Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton is hitless in seven at-bats against Milwaukee starter Wily Peralta.
Insight: Stanton is on fire, so keep him in the lineup anyway, just don't get your hopes too high. He smoke two monster home runs on Friday night totaling around 900 ft. He's batting .314 with 14 HR, 47 RBI and a 1.020 OPS through his first 49 games.
Description: Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton belted two homers Friday in a loss to Milwaukee.
Insight: He killed both of them as each homer traveled at least 440 feet. Stanton is currently on pace for 155 RBI. That would be the most we've seen since Alex Rodriguez drove in 156 runs back in 2007.
Description: Miami right-hander Henderson Alvarez was terrific in Thursday's no-decision against the Phillies.
Insight: Alvarez scattered four hits over seven shutout innings. His ERA is down to a miniscule 3.21. That's a noticeable improvement from the 3.59 ERA he posted in 102 2/3 innings last season. Alvarez will make his next start Tuesday against Washington.
Description: Miami outfielder Christian Yelich went 3-for-6 with a triple, two RBI and a run Wednesday against the Phillies.
Insight: Yelich hasn't had a good month (.216), but he's managed to score 17 runs anyway. On the year, he's hitting .261 with five homers, 17 RBI, 34 runs, seven steals and a .762 OPS, so he has solid fantasy value in all formats.
Description: Marlins pitching prospect Andrew Heaney has been promoted to Triple-A New Orleans.
Insight: Miami's No. 1 prospect had a 1.60 ERA in 95 1/3 innings in the minors last season and went 4-2 with a 2.35 ERA and a 52/13 K/BB over 53 2/3 innings with Double-A Jacksonville this season. His stay at Triple-A shouldn't last longer than a few weeks before he's promoted to the majors.
Description: Marlins pitching prospect Andrew Heaney has a 2.35 ERA and a 52/13 K/BB in 53 2/3 innings with Double-A Jacksonville this season.
Insight: Miami's No. 1 prospect had a 1.60 ERA in 95 1/3 innings in the minors last season and may get the call up to the majors straight from Double-A. The Marlins have shown they have no issue having pitching prospects skip the top level of the minor leagues; Jose Fernandez went to the majors right from High-A last season and just last week Miami called up Anthony DeSclafani from Double-A to replace Fernandez (elbow) in the rotation.
Description: Miami right-hander Tom Koehler followed up his worst start of the year with seven scoreless innings Saturday at San Francisco.
Insight: Koehler allowed six hits, five walks and four runs in 3 2/3 innings his last time out, but he had a 7/2 K/BB and gave up four hits Saturday to improve to 4-3 with a 2.25 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP. Koehler's fielding-independent numbers aren't very good so his FIP is 4.13, which suggests some regression is coming.
Description: Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton crushed his 12th homer of the season Saturday night at San Francisco. He's batting .320 with a 1.023 OPS, 43 RBI, 29 runs and four steals this season.
Insight: Miami's offense has been much better in 2014 than it was last season, but Stanton still isn't seeing many pitches to hit. Instead, he's improved his plate coverage and has been taking the ball the other way more frequently. Last year, seven of his 24 homers went to the opposite field. This season, he's pulled just five of his 12 home runs.
Description: The Marlins have agreed to a one-year, $1 million deal with left-hander Randy Wolf. SOURCE: Jayson Stark, ESPN
Insight: The team needed an extra arm with Jose Fernandez out for the season (torn UCL). Wolf was cut by the Mariners in spring training. At age 37 and coming off Tommy John surgery, he probably isn't your best fantasy option.
Description: Marlins first baseman Garrett Jones is 5-for-6 (.833) with four extra base hits and a 2.667 OPS versus Dodgers right-hander Josh Beckett.
Insight: Sure, its a tiny sample size, but he obviously sees the ball well out of Beckett's hand. Jones is batting .239 with five homers this season, though he has just one long ball in his last 12 games.
Description: Miami has placed right-hander Jose Fernandez on the 15-day DL with a sprained elbow. SOURCE: Marlins on Twitter
Insight: It's horrible news for fantasy owners and potentially even worse news for the Marlins. We won't know for sure until Fernandez (4-2, 2.44 ERA) gets his MRI results back but we've been down this road before and it usually ends with Tommy John surgery. Fantasy owners should prepare to be without Fernandez for a long time.
Description: Marlins first baseman Garrett Jones has batted .417 (5-for-12) with a double and a homer against Padres starter Ian Kennedy.
Insight: Jones has gone 1-for-16 in his last four starts, but his matchup with Kennedy on Thursday could be fruitful. Jones has picked up all 11 of his extra-base hits (6 2B, 5 HR) and 26 of his 30 hits in his 91 at-bats (.286) against right-handers this season.
Description: Miami right-hander Tom Koehler was dominant again Wednesday against the Mets, tossing eight scoreless innings of two-hit ball.
Insight: In 45 innings, Koehler has a 1.99 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP. The right-hander has struck out just 5.76 batters per nine innings and walked 3.38, however, and has largely benefited from a .195 BABIP.
Description: Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton was on base all four times he went to the plate Tuesday against the Mets.
Insight: Stanton went 2-for-2 with two walks and an RBI. He missed a homer to dead center field in the first inning by about a foot and settled for a double. The 24-year-old has a .295 average, an NL-leading 10 homers and a major-league leading 38 RBI in 129 at-bats this season. Stanton only drove in 62 runs in 425 at-bats all of last season, but Miami's offense has been much better in 2014.
Description: Marlins starter Henderson Alvarez threw his second shutout of the season Tuesday against the Mets. He allowed six hits, struck out seven and walked none in the 3-0 win.
Insight: Alvarez (2-2, 2.62 ERA, 1.30 WHIP) has thrown shutouts in two of his last four starts. The right-hander has allowed 47 hits in 44 2/3 innings, but he's given up just three homers and walked 11 batters.
Description: Because one home run wasn't enough for Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton, he went deep twice Sunday in a walkoff victory over Los Angeles.
Insight: It's his second multi-home run game of the season and the 11th of his career. Stanton leads the majors in RBI (36) and is second to Jose Abreu in home runs (ten). Don't be surprised if pitchers start giving him the Barry Bonds treatment. Stanton is already on pace to set a new career-high in walks with 78.
Description: Miami right-hander Tom Koehler was lights out Friday in a win against Los Angeles.
Insight: He held the Dodgers scoreless, allowing just three hits and two walks over seven innings. Koehler (3-2, 2.41 ERA) probably could have gone another inning or two but the team played it safe by taking him out after 91 pitches. His next start is Wednesday against New York.
Description: Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna is hitting .310 with four homers, 16 RBI, 15 runs and an .844 OPS in 100 at-bats this season.
Insight: Ozuna homered and drove in three runs Wednesday against the Braves. His average probably won't stay where it is due to his 19.1 percent strikeout rate but he's walking more than he did as a rookie and has good pop.
Description: Miami right fielder Giancarlo Stanton hit his eighth homer of the season Tuesday against the Braves and now has 31 RBI.
Insight: Stanton hit just .236 with six home runs in 216 at-bats the past three Aprils combined but he's having a terrific first month in 2014 and could threaten the 50-homer mark if he can stay healthy for 140+ games for the first time since 2011.
Description: Marlins starter Jose Fernandez extended his streak of innings without allowing an earned run to 23 with eight scoreless frames Tuesday against the Braves.
Insight: Fernandez faced Atlanta in two straight starts and allowed zero runs on five hits with a 22/2 K/BB in 16 innings. He's 4-1 with a 1.59 ERA, a 0.83 WHIP and a 55/8 K/BB in 39 2/3 innings this season.
Description: Marlins starter Nathan Eovaldi struck out seven and allowed one unearned run on five hits in six innings Wednesday at Atlanta but he took a no decision.
Insight: Eovaldi, who is one of the hardest throwers in the majors, has taken a major step forward in his first 31 1/3 innings. He has a 2.87 ERA, a 1.12 WHIP and a 30/4 K/BB after putting up a 3.39 ERA and a 3.39 BB/9 in 2013. Eovaldi's numbers could be even better, but he has a .330 BABIP despite inducing a fantastic line-drive rate of 16.1 percent.
Description: Marlins catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia won't be in the lineup Wednesday against Atlanta. SOURCE: Joe Frisaro, MLB.com
Insight: It's pretty common for catchers to sit out the day game after a night game so fantasy owners shouldn't be too thrown off by this. Saltalamacchia isn't one of the more exciting fantasy options at catcher but he did have a 25-HR season as recently as 2012.
Description: Marlins starter Jose Fernandez won a pitchers' duel against Alex Wood of the Atlanta Braves Tuesday night.
Insight: The two hurlers combined for 16 innings, seven hits, one earned run, 25 strikeouts and zero walks. Fernandez accounted for 14 of those strikeouts over eight innings in a 1-0 win. After giving up six runs on eight hits with four walks in four innings April 11 at Philadelphia, Fernandez has surrendered zero earned runs and posted a 24/0 K/BB in his last two turns.
Description: Marlins right-hander Jacob Turner (shoulder) will start a minor league rehab assignment on Wednesday, according to the Miami Herald. If he can avoid a setback, he'll make two starts and rejoin Miami's rotation.
Insight: Turner is out with a strained shoulder. The 22-year-old had a 3.74 ERA in 118 innings last season, but his 77/54 K/BB and 1.44 WHIP left a lot to be desired.
Description: Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna has gone 9-for-17 with two doubles, a homer, six RBI and six runs over his last four games.
Insight: Ozuna went 2-for-4 with a homer and four RBI Saturday against the Mariners. The 23-year-old is batting .343 with three longballs, 10 RBI and 12 runs. He's in a nice spot right now, hitting in front of Giancarlo Stanton and behind Christian Yelich.
Description: Marlins starter Henderson Alvarez allowed just two hits and walked none in a shutout of the Mariners on Saturday night.
Insight: Alvarez (1-2, 2.66 ERA, 1.44 WHIP) has thrown two shutouts in his last five starts. The first one was a no-hitter in his final start of 2013. In between, however, he has given up 25 hits and seven earned runs in 14 2/3 innings.
Description: Miami right fielder Giancarlo Stanton went 2-for-4 with a homer and five RBI Tuesday against Washington.
Insight: Stanton came in with great numbers against Nats starter Stephen Strasburg and he took him deep for three-run shot in the first inning. The 24-year-old slugger is now hitting .317 with five home runs and an MLB-leading 21 RBI. He hit .236 with six home runs in 216 at-bats the past three Aprils.
Description: Miami second baseman Rafael Furcal (hamstring) will start his minor league rehab assignment on Monday, according to Joe Frisaro of mlb.com. The Marlins anticipate using all 21 days for Furcal's assignment.
Insight: Furcal is one of the rare position players who underwent Tommy John surgery. He missed all of 2013 following the procedure and hasn't been a worthwhile fantasy option since he got off to a hot start in the first two months of 2012. His hamstring injury and advanced age mean he won't be looking to run much when he does make his 2014 debut.
Description: The Phillies roughed up Jose Fernandez Friday night. Fernandez gave up eight hits and six earned runs while walk four batters in four innings.
Insight: Fernandez' ERA went from 0.71 to 3.78. It was the first time he allowed more than two earned runs in a start since July 7, 2013 and the first time he gave up more than three since May 27, 2013.
Description: Marlins catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia should be avoided on Friday in the series opener with Philadelphia.
Insight: Saltalamacchia is 1-for-10 over his career, a single, with seven strikeouts. He's off to a solid start, batting .276 with a homer and four RBI, but having played in hitter-friendly parks in Texas and Boston we don't think he's going to like Miami all that much.
Description: Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton is 8-for-21 (.381) against Washington ace Stephen Strasburg with a pair of homers.
Insight: Stanton is off to a quick start, batting .324 and leading the league in RBI with 13. Although a favorable matchup, he's the only Marlins hitter with a lot of success and may be left stranded on base.
Description: The Marlins have placed RHP Jacob Turner (shoulder) on the disabled list.
Insight: Turner is out with a strained shoulder. The 22-year-old had a 3.74 ERA in 118 innings last season, but his 77/54 K/BB and 1.44 WHIP left a lot to be desired. Brad Hand will join the rotation in his place but we could see prospect Andrew Heaney called up sooner than expected if Turner has to miss an extended period of time and Hand struggles.
Description: The Marlins have scratched RHP Jacob Turner from Wednesday's start due to a strained shoulder, according to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post.
Insight: The Rockies knocked around Turner in his first start of the season, tagging him for eight hits and five earned in six innings. The 22-year-old had a 3.74 ERA in 118 innings last season, but his 77/54 K/BB and 1.44 WHIP left a lot to be desired. Brad Hand will start Wednesday.
Description: Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton is just 1-for-10 against Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez.
Insight: Stanton has gotten out of the gate quickly, batting .345 with a pair of homers and 12 RBI, but this is an unfavorable matchup against a tough lefty. Don't expect much as Gonzalez will walk him rather than give in (4 BB).
Description: In just eight at-bats against Padres starter Ian Kennedy, Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton has managed to hit two homers.
Insight: Stanton also had a double off Kennedy. The 24-year-old Stanton is off to a flying start, hitting .360 with three doubles, two homers and 11 RBI in six games. Miami's offense is improved so Stanton should see way more pitches to hit than he did last year.
Description: Marlins ace Jose Fernandez struck out eight Padres and allowed just three hits over 6 2/3 shutout innings Saturday night.
Insight: Fernandez, the 2013 NL Rookie of the Year, said during spring training that his goal this season is a 1.95 ERA. After watching him last year and his first two starts in 2014, that doesn't seem unreasonable. He has a 17/2 K/BB and a 0.71 ERA in his first 12 2/3 innings and is now 11-0 with a 1.14 ERA in his career at Marlins Park.
Description: Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton hit his first homer of the season Wednesday against the Rockies.
Insight: Stanton is off to a great start, driving in six runs and scoring four in the first three games. The Marlins improved their lineup by adding Garrett Jones, Casey McGehee and Jarrod Saltalamacchia, so Stanton will likely see more pitches to hit this year. According to FanGraphs, Stanton saw the second-least pitches in the strike zone of any qualified hitter in the majors last season.
Description: Marlins ace Jose Fernandez struck out nine and walked none over six innings to beat the Rockies on Opening Day.
Insight: Fernandez scattered five hits and gave up his only run on a solo shot by Carlos Gonzalez in the sixth inning. He is now 10-0 with a 1.21 ERA in his career at Marlins Park. The 21-year-old went 12-6 with a 2.19 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP as a rookie and should compete for the NL Cy Young this year.
Description: Marlins third baseman Casey McGehee went 2-for-4 with two doubles and four RBI on Opening Day.
Insight: It was McGehee's first MLB game since 2012. He played last season in Japan and hit .292 with 28 homers for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles after batting .221 with 22 homers and a .632 OPS in 269 MLB games in 2011-12. He's been tasked with protecting Giancarlo Stanton to begin the season.
Description: Miami third baseman Ed Lucas is out 4-to-6 weeks with a broken hand. SOURCE: Marlins.com
Insight: Lucas (.256, 4 HR, 28 RBI last season) got hit by a pitch Thursday against St. Louis. The utility man doesn't offer much in the way of fantasy value and can probably be ignored in most formats.
Description: Marlins infielder Rafael Furcal should play a minor league game Monday after missing a week due to a hamstring injury.
Insight: Furcal is expected to start at second base. He missed all of 2013 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. In his most recent season, Furcal batted .264 with five homers, 49 RBI, 69 runs and 12 steals in 121 games.
Description: The Marlins reassigned Andrew Heaney to minor league camp on Monday.
Insight: The Marlins No. 1 prospect had a 1.60 ERA in 95 1/3 innings in the minors last season and will be up with the big club at some point this year. For now, Miami will fill the fifth spot in the rotation with Tom Koehler, Kevin Slowey or Brad Hand.
Description: Marlins ace Jose Fernandez has expectations as high or higher than fantasy owners. The 21-year-old Fernandez recently stated his goal is a 1.95 ERA. SOURCE: Crain Calcaterra of HardballTalk.
Insight: In his rookie season he posted a 12-6 record including a 2.19 ERA, 187 strikeouts and just 111 hits allowed in 172 2/3 innings. Fantasy owners have to love that he isn't satisfied with that level of performance and wants to get better.
Description: Marlins ace Jose Fernandez claims to have significantly improved his condidtion in the offseason averaging 600 miles per week on a bike program, says a South Florida Sun-Sentinel report.
Insight: The 21-year-old Fernandez wrapped up a successful first big league season with a 12-6 record including a stunning 2.19 ERA, 187 strikeouts and just 111 hits allowed in 172 2/3 innings. Look for him to throw closer to 200 innings in his second season and have top-10 fantasy starter value.
Description: The Marlins are hoping to lock right fielder Giancarlo Stanton into a long-term deal later this offseason. SOURCE: Jim Bowden, ESPN
Insight: Stanton (.249, 24 HR, 62 RBI last season) will earn a relatively modest $6.5 million in 2014. 2016 will be the last year he is under contract. He's smashed 117 HR in his 489 games with Miami since 2010.
Description: The Marlins and first baseman Garrett Jones have agreed to a two-year, $7.5 million contract.
Insight: The deal became official when Jones passed his physical on Tuesday. He was let go by the Pirates earlier this offseason. Now that Jones (.233, 15 HR, 51 RBI in 2013) is signed, the next move for Miami is to trade Logan Morrison (.242, 6 HR, 36 RBI).
Description: The Marlins have signed Rafael Furcal to a one-year contract.
Insight: Furcal is expected to start at second base. He missed all of 2013 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. In his most recent season, Furcal batted .264 with five homers, 49 RBI, 69 runs and 12 steals in 121 games.
Description: The Marlins have signed catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia to a three-year deal worth $21 million. SOURCE: Juan C. Rodriguez, Sun Sentinel
Insight: Saltalamacchia was also being pursued by Minnesota. He ended up choosing the Marlins because they were the only team that offered him three years. He's a serviceable fantasy catcher though he tends to strike out a lot (139 K's in 425 at bats last season).
Description: Miami outfielder Giancarlo Stanton may have to endure another season with no protection in the lineup after general manager Dan Jennings said in an interview that the team would not trade Stanton this winter.
Insight: Stanton played just 116 games this season, but hit 24 homers. However, he knocked in just 62 runs in the light-hitting Marlins lineup. He was also walked a career-high 74 times as teams pitched around him.
Description: In one of the strangest finishes in recent memory, Marlins righthander Henderson Alvarez scored a rare walk-off no-hitter Sunday against Detroit.
Insight: The Marlins didn't score their first run until the bottom of the ninth when Giancarlo Stanton came around on a bases loaded wild pitch with two outs. Alvarez allowed just one walk in nine otherwise flawless innings (Miami also made one fielding error). It's the first no-hitter by a Marlin since Anibal Sanchez threw one in 2006.
Description: Miami righthander Nate Eovaldi was dealing Monday against Philadelphia.
Insight: The 23-year-old flamethrower turned in one of his best outings of the season, surrendering just three hits over 7 2/3 scoreless frames. The victory was Eovaldi's fourth of the year. He'll look for win No. 5 Sunday against the Tigers.
Description: Marlins starter Nathan Eovaldi is probable for Wednesday's scheduled start against Philadelphia due to back tightness.
Insight: Eovaldi tossed eight scoreless innings at Atlanta on Sept. 1, but gave up five earned on nine hits in his last start. The right-hander has been solid this season and aside from a nine-run outing on Aug. 16 against the Giants in which he allowed 12 hits in three innings, Eovaldi has a 2.98 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.
Description: Miami right fielder Giancarlo Stanton is 7-for-16 (.438) with a 1.161 OPS versus Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee.
Insight: Stanton (.251, 22 HR, 52 RBI) has struggled to produce without much protection in the marlins lineup. He is likely to fall short of his third consecutive 30 home run season, but Monday is a favorable matchup.
Description: Miami right fielder Giancarlo Stanton corked two more home runs Friday in a loss to the Mets.
Insight: He's 10-for-25 with four jacks and nine RBI in his last seven contests. Stanton (.256, 22 HR, 52 RBI) is likely to fall short of his third consecutive 30 home run season but that's only because injuries have cost him more than 40 games.
Description: Marlins starter Nathan Eovaldi has been scratched from Thursday's start against the Braves due to back tightness, according to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com.
Insight: Eovaldi tossed eight scoreless innings at Atlanta on Sept. 1 but gave up five earned on nine hits in his last start. The right-hander has been solid this season and aside from a nine-run outing on Aug. 16 against the Giants in which he allowed 12 hits in three innings, Eovaldi has a 2.98 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.
Description: Miami right fielder Giancarlo Stanton left Saturday's game in the eighth inning due to a sore right foot and ankle, according to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com.
Insight: Stanton rolled his right ankle last Sunday against the Braves and has played through discomfort this past week. His X-rays came back negative but he'll likely sit Sunday against the Nationals.
Description: Jose Fernandez was terrific again Friday in a win over Washington.
Insight: The Marlins rookie allowed just one hit in seven shutout frames. Fernandez (11-6, 2.23 ERA) has now collected at least eight strikeouts in each of his last four outings. He leads all major league starters in opponent batting average this season (.181).
Description: According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, the Marlins will shut down Jose Fernandez after two more starts totaling no more than 12 innings. His next start has been pushed back from Wednesday to Friday so he can start at home against the Braves.
Insight: The 21-year-old rookie is 5-1 with a 1.50 ERA and 70 strikeouts in 54 innings since the All-Star break and 10-6 with a 2.33 ERA and 173 K in 158 2/3 innings this season. He's the likely NL Rookie of the Year (sorry, Yasiel Puig) even with the innings limit.
Description: Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton is hitting .359 (14-for-39) with five doubles, four homers, six RBI, seven walks and eight runs over his last 11 games.
Insight: Stanton hit .143 (7-for-49) with one RBI in his first 12 games of August, so his numbers for the month are still not good, but he's producing lately and that's all that matters at this point in the season.
Description: Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton is 7-for-17 (.412) with a pair of home runs against Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg.
Insight: Stanton has struggled to put up numbers this season dealing with injuries and very little lineup protection. he had a nice run in June and July with an OPS over .900, but August has seen him fall back to a .750 OPS. However, this is a favorable matchup.
Description: Marlins rookie Jose Fernandez has been lights out this month. Saturday's win against the Rockies was his tenth of the season.
Insight: Saturday's masterpiece came in the form of seven shutout innings with eight strikeouts and just four hits allowed. The 21-year-old is 2-0 this month with a 0.82 ERA in 33 innings. He's the leader in the clubhouse for National League Rookie of the Year honors.
Description: After giving up 12 hits and 11 runs (nine earned) over three innings in his last start, Miami right-hander Nathan Eovaldi had a bounce-back effort Wednesday versus the Dodgers.
Insight: Eovaldi gave up three runs (two earned) on six hits, walked two and struck out five over seven innings. Even with his last start on his record, he still has a 3.82 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP in 70 2/3 innings this season.
Description: Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton accounted for Miami's lone run Wednesday against Zack Greinke with a solo homer in the first inning.
Insight: With very little lineup protection, Stanton has had a tough go this season, hitting .251 with 16 homers and 40 RBI in 81 games. Stanton has seen just 37.8 percent of his pitches in the strike zone this season, which would rank second lowest in all of baseball to Pablo Sandoval if the Miami right fielder had enough at-bats to qualify.