Let’s start with the Good. Jose Fernandez’s All-Star appearance. The Marlins’ lone representative at the mid-season classic pitched a perfect sixth inning, and wowing a number of people in the process. Fernandez dispatched former AL MVP Dustin Pedroia, Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera and MLB homerun leader Chris Davis in order, striking out Pedroia looking, getting Cabrera to pop-up, and sending down Davis with a nasty curveball in the dirt the big-bopper flailed at.
“He’s really impressive,” said San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey, who caught the inning for Fernandez. “You figured there would be a lot of nerves and excitement. But he showed great poise and obviously the stuff speaks for itself.”
“He was dirty, man,” Chris Davis said. “He threw me that curveball to start off the at-bat. It looked like a heater coming in, and then it just disappeared. Then he finished me off with it.”
Now to the Bad. It’s been more than a full week since the Marlins, the worst offense in the league, have plated a run. The current 37-inning scoreless streak is the longest such streak since Houston Astros went 42 scoreless innings in 1985. 1985! Against the Milwaukee Brewers this weekend, the team managed only 15 hits in the three-game series. Six of those hits came from rookie shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria. On Sunday, pitcher Henderson Alvarez had one of the four hits for the team (Hechavarria had two).
“Right now, it’s a little tough to watch,” Marlins manager Mike Redmond said after Sunday’s game. His words are an understatement.
The Ugly came on Saturday. The Fish sported throwback unis to honor the Negro Leagues. The threads came from the 1956 incarnation of the Miami Marlins, with a No. 29 patch on the sleeve to honor the great Satchel Paige, and had a distinctly Florida Gator/New York Met feel to them. The 1956 Miami Marlins were a Triple-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. The Brewers wore the uniforms of the 1923 Milwaukee Bears, a team part of the Negro National League at the time.