Rockies vs. Marlins series preview: We're not so different, you and I

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Rockies and Marlins are a lot more similar than you'd think.

Welcome to the newest installment of Arbitrary Endpoints Know Your Foe, in which we discuss the Colorado Rockies (this is a Rockies site on the 'net, you know) and their 1993 expansion counterparts, the Miami Marlins.

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The two pretty much started the season as polar opposites. Colorado amassed a record of 13-4 through April 20, while Miami started off 4-14. Since that day?

Colorado: 46-66

Miami: 44-64

Ouch.

Of course, The first three weeks of the season count the same as any other time, so the Rockies still have a healthy advantage over the Marlins, although they're closer to the Fish than they are to the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers.

The similarities between the Rockies and Marlins go beyond their records since late-April. Both teams have a solid group of young stars with some minor-league help not far away, but both teams' front offices leave a lot to be desired. While it's a different kind of vitriol, the ownership for each team is under massive scrutiny among the clubs' respective fanbases.

We know what the future holds for the Rockies on the field, at least in the form of the players that will likely grave our presence. Like Colorado, Miami is having a rough time on the field right now, but it has a lot to look forward to (probably even more so than the Rockies), namely in the form of a couple of budding superstars.


Giancarlo Stanton

#27 / Right Field / Miami Marlins

6-5

235

R

R

Nov 08, 1989


AVG OBP SLG
2013 - Giancarlo Stanton .251 .357 .469


While Giancarlo Stanton's overall numbers are down, the 23-year-old slugger still boasts an OPS+ of 124, mostly thanks to 16 home runs in 359 plate appearances. Stanton missed roughly 40 games with an injury, perhaps contributing to his offensive decline, but most players at his age over the course of baseball history haven't been able to sniff what he has done and is continuing to do, and the future probably only holds bigger and better things.


Jose Fernandez

#16 / Pitcher / Miami Marlins

6-2

240

R

R

Jul 31, 1992


W-L ERA WHIP K BB
2013 - Jose Fernandez 9-5 2.41 1.02 157 51


Fernandez would run away with the National League Rookie of the Year if it weren't for the presence of Yasiel Puig, but he might just win the award anyway. Fernandez ranks fifth among all NL pitchers in WAR, third in ERA, second in fewest hits per nine innings and fourth in strikeouts per nine. And, he just barely turned 21 years old. And, unlike Puig, Fernandez was selected to the NL All-Star team (although I would have taken Puig, as well, but that's just me).

The Marlins aren't good. It might be a while before they are. But, to their credit, it appears they are on the same route that they were a little more than a decade ago when they eventually won the World Series in 2003. Would it surprise me to see this team accomplish the same thing in a few years? Not at all.

*****

Probable pitchers

Game 1: Friday, Aug. 23 at 5:10 p.m. ET (ROOT Sports)

Jhoulys Chacin (11-7, 3.24 ERA) vs. Tom Koehler (3-8, 4.66 ERA)

Game 2: Saturday, Aug. 24 at 5:10 p.m. ET (ROOT Sports)

Jeff Manship (0-3, 7.80) vs. Jose Fernandez (9-5, 2.41)

Game 3: Sunday, Aug. 25 at 11:10 a.m. ET (ROOT Sports)

Jorge De La Rosa (13-6, 3.21) vs. Jacob Turner (3-4, 3.02)

*****


Batting

G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
Ryan Webb 53 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000
Henderson Alvarez 10 17 1 5 2 0 0 3 0 8 0 0 .294 .278 .412
Chris Coghlan 51 130 7 36 9 3 1 10 9 29 0 0 .277 .326 .415
Logan Morrison 54 199 26 55 13 3 4 26 23 34 0 0 .276 .357 .432
Joe Mahoney 9 29 2 8 1 0 1 4 0 4 0 0 .276 .276 .414
Christian Yelich 29 119 16 32 6 1 1 7 11 26 2 0 .269 .331 .361
Marcell Ozuna 70 275 31 73 17 4 3 32 13 57 5 1 .265 .303 .389
Donovan Solano 68 228 20 59 6 0 2 24 15 34 2 1 .259 .312 .311
Placido Polanco 91 312 28 79 9 0 1 21 19 28 1 0 .253 .308 .292
Giancarlo Stanton 82 307 43 77 19 0 16 40 49 95 1 0 .251 .357 .469
Ed Lucas 64 238 33 59 6 1 2 17 22 56 1 0 .248 .316 .307
Juan Pierre 87 281 34 68 9 2 1 8 13 26 20 6 .242 .283 .299
Greg Dobbs 93 222 20 53 11 0 2 20 19 37 1 1 .239 .310 .315
Nick Green 18 55 4 13 2 0 1 6 3 14 0 0 .236 .302 .327
Adeiny Hechavarria 112 411 25 96 11 6 2 29 23 69 11 9 .234 .274 .304
Rob Brantly 59 204 10 46 9 0 1 18 13 47 0 0 .225 .275 .284
Chris Valaika 22 64 4 14 5 0 1 9 3 16 0 0 .219 .261 .344
Koyie Hill 5 14 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 .214 .214 .286
Derek Dietrich 57 215 32 46 10 2 9 23 11 56 1 0 .214 .275 .405
Justin Ruggiano 97 311 37 65 10 1 14 38 31 83 12 6 .209 .289 .383
Miguel Olivo 33 74 5 15 2 0 4 9 5 23 0 0 .203 .250 .392
Jordan Brown 14 15 0 3 1 0 0 5 1 1 0 0 .200 .235 .267
Jeff Mathis 54 172 9 34 6 1 3 23 17 46 0 0 .198 .272 .297
Austin Kearns 19 27 3 5 0 0 0 0 4 8 0 0 .185 .290 .185
Jake Marisnick 27 88 5 16 1 0 1 4 4 22 2 1 .182 .226 .227
Matt Diaz 10 18 1 3 1 0 0 1 1 3 0 0 .167 .211 .222
Wade LeBlanc 13 12 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .167 .167 .167
Jose Fernandez 24 40 3 6 1 0 0 4 0 19 0 0 .150 .146 .175
Jacob Turner 15 27 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 12 0 0 .111 .111 .185
Ricky Nolasco 18 30 1 3 1 0 0 0 3 17 0 0 .100 .182 .133
Nathan Eovaldi 12 21 1 2 0 0 0 1 1 13 0 0 .095 .136 .095
Tom Koehler 22 26 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 12 0 0 .077 .077 .077
Alex Sanabia 10 16 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 7 0 0 .063 .118 .063
Kevin Slowey 20 21 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 12 0 0 .048 .130 .048
Casey Kotchman 6 20 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 .000 .048 .000
Kyle Skipworth 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 .000 .250 .000
Gil Velazquez 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Duane Below 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Brad Hand 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Edgar Olmos 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
A.J. Ramos 54 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
John Maine 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Mike Dunn 61 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Chad Qualls 52 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Steve Cishek 56 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Jon Rauch 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Arquimedes Caminero 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Steven Ames 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Dan Jennings 35 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Chris Hatcher 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000

Pitching

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
Arquimedes Caminero 0-0 3 0 0 0 0 0 3.0 2 0 0 0 0 3 0.00 .67
Brad Hand 0-0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.2 0 0 0 0 2 3 0.00 1.20
Jose Fernandez 9-5 24 24 0 0 0 0 145.2 98 44 39 8 51 157 2.41 1.02
Steve Cishek 3-6 56 0 0 0 27 2 56.2 45 18 17 3 18 54 2.70 1.11
Chad Qualls 4-1 52 0 0 0 0 1 48.2 46 15 15 4 14 40 2.77 1.23
Ryan Webb 1-4 53 0 0 0 0 2 61.0 56 24 20 4 24 39 2.95 1.31
Jacob Turner 3-4 15 15 1 0 0 0 92.1 85 35 31 6 41 60 3.02 1.36
Mike Dunn 3-3 61 0 0 0 2 3 53.1 46 19 18 5 23 53 3.04 1.29
A.J. Ramos 3-4 54 0 0 0 0 3 66.0 48 29 25 4 34 70 3.41 1.24
Nathan Eovaldi 2-4 12 12 0 0 0 0 70.2 62 33 30 5 29 49 3.82 1.29
Ricky Nolasco 5-8 18 18 0 0 0 0 112.1 112 50 48 11 25 90 3.85 1.22
Henderson Alvarez 2-3 10 10 0 0 0 0 63.0 59 28 27 1 17 34 3.86 1.21
Kevin Slowey 3-6 20 14 0 0 0 0 92.0 106 44 42 12 18 76 4.11 1.35
Steven Ames 0-1 4 0 0 0 0 0 4.0 6 2 2 0 2 4 4.50 2.00
Dan Jennings 2-4 35 0 0 0 0 1 32.0 32 16 16 1 13 28 4.50 1.41
Tom Koehler 3-8 22 16 0 0 0 0 102.1 104 55 53 10 38 72 4.66 1.39
Alex Sanabia 3-7 10 10 0 0 0 0 55.1 69 33 30 10 25 31 4.88 1.70
Wade LeBlanc 1-5 13 7 0 0 0 0 48.2 63 30 28 6 15 31 5.18 1.60
Edgar Olmos 0-1 5 0 0 0 0 0 5.0 7 9 4 2 3 2 7.20 2.00
Jon Rauch 1-2 15 0 0 0 0 0 16.2 23 14 14 1 7 15 7.56 1.80
Duane Below 0-1 2 0 0 0 0 0 2.2 6 3 3 0 2 2 10.13 3.00
John Maine 0-0 4 0 0 0 0 0 7.1 15 10 10 2 5 7 12.27 2.73
Chris Hatcher 0-1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.0 4 6 5 0 3 1 45.00 7.00


Miami Marlins Injuries

15-Day

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Chris Coghlan calf 06/09/2013

60 Day DL / Out for the season

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Jose Ceda elbow 03/22/2013
Alfredo Silverio elbow 03/22/2013
Alex Sanabia groin 05/26/2013
Marcell Ozuna thumb 07/23/2013

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