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About Steven Slivka - RotoBaller

Steven Slivka - RotoBaller has written 916 articles so far, you can find them below.

Sandy Alcantara Takes The Mound Against Braves On Saturday

Miami Marlins starting pitcher Sandy Alcantara will look to replicate his dominant first start of the year when he takes the mound against the Braves on Saturday. Alcantara struck out six Rockies in eight innings of shutout baseball on March 30 and showed the team why he was deserving of a starting spot. The young... Read More

7 months ago

Jorge Alfaro Getting Day Off On Wednesday

Miami Marlins catcher Jorge Alfaro will have the day off for the Marlins on Wednesday, according to beat writer Joe Frisaro. Backup catcher Chad Wallach will start in his place and bat seventh in the lineup against Mets ace Jacob deGrom. Alfaro has gotten off to a nice start to the season, slashing .308/.357/.538 with... Read More

7 months ago

J.T. Riddle Providing Early Spark For Marlins

Miami Marlins shortstop J.T. Riddle is giving the Marlins some unexpected pop early this season after launching his second homer of the year on Sunday. In an injury-shortened 2018 season that limited him to 102 games, Riddle tallied just nine homers and 36 RBI. In the early goings of the new season, however, Riddle is... Read More

7 months ago

Sandy Alcantara Dominates In Shutout Victory

Miami Marlins starting pitcher Sandy Alcantara dominated the Colorado Rockies on Sunday to earn his first win of the 2019 season. Alcantara, who came to the Marlins as part of the Marcell Ozuna trade, shut down the Rockies in a convincing 3-0 victory at Marlins Park. The lanky right-hander struck out six in eight innings... Read More

7 months ago

Curtis Granderson Off To Hot Start In 2019

Miami Marlins veteran outfielder Curtis Granderson is off to a quick start early in his 2019 campaign. The journeyman outfielder, who signed with the Marlins in the offseason, has three RBI over his last two games, including two in Miami's 7-3 win over Colorado on Saturday. Granderson, who smacked a solo homer the day before,... Read More

7 months ago

Neil Walker Batting Third On Friday

After mashing a pinch-hit homer on Opening Day, second baseman Neil Walker will bat third for the Miami Marlins in Friday's game against the Rockies. Walker will start in place of Miguel Rojas, who struggled at the plate as well as on the field in Miami's Opening Day loss on Thursday. Walker hit four home... Read More

7 months ago

Jose Urena Roughed Up, Injured in Opening Day Loss

It was a tough Opening Day for Miami Marlins starter Jose Urena, who was roughed up for six runs in less than five innings of work on Thursday. To make matters worse, Urena took a hard grounder off the left leg early in his start against the Rockies. The right hander was fine enough to... Read More

7 months ago

Wei-Yin Chen Expected to Be in Marlins Rotation

Miami Marlins starting pitcher Wei-Yin Chen admitted that he's not at 100 percent, but the Marlins starter is still in line to make the team's starting rotation. According to beat writer Joe Frisaro, Chen is projected to be the team's third or fourth starter behind Jose Urena and Dan Straily. Chen is just 13-18 since... Read More

7 months ago

Curtis Granderson Makes Opening Day Roster

Miami Marlins outfielder Curtis Granderson will be on the team's Opening Day roster when the season begins, according to's Joe Frisaro. Granderson, who recently turned 38 years old, split time between the Blue Jays and Brewers last year, launching 13 home runs in 123 games. Granderson is long past his prime, but his 69... Read More

7 months ago

Peter O'Brien Optioned to Triple-A

The Miami Marlins have optioned outfielder Peter O'Brien to Triple-A, according to beat reporter Joe Frisaro. O'Brien was having a productive Spring Training, but it looks as if the Marlins will keep Rosell Herrera as the fourth outfielder when the season starts. O'Brien has some pop in his bat, and it wouldn't be surprising to... Read More

7 months ago

Wei-Yin Chen Fighting for Spot in the Rotation

Miami Marlins starting pitcher Wei-Yin Chen is fighting for a starting rotation spot as spring training enters its final week. Chen, who was one of Baltimore's best pitchers when he was an Oriole from 2012-15, has been awful since coming to Miami. Chen made 26 starts in 2018 but finished with a 6-12 record to go... Read More

7 months ago

Martin Prado Knocks First Hits of the Spring

After a disastrous 2018 season, Miami Marlins corner infielder Martin Prado is looking to regain the form he displayed in 2016. The veteran Prado recorded his first hits of the Spring after the team held him out of the lineup because of a back injury he suffered last season. After a 2016 season where he... Read More

7 months ago

Jorge Alfaro Hopeful to Return for Opening Day

The Miami Marlins were given some good news when they cleared catcher Jorge Alfaro for all baseball-related activities. Alfaro, who came over to the Marlins in the trade that sent J.T. Realmuto to the Phillies, has been nursing a hurt knee for the entirety of Spring Training. The team shut him down after he injured... Read More

7 months ago

Trevor Richards Pushing to Make Marlins Starting Rotation

Miami Marlins starting pitcher Trevor Richards has been lights-out so far, and it might just be enough to earn him a spot in the starting rotation. Richards, who struggled last year with a 4-9 record and a 4.42 ERA, has looked completely different this Spring. In 13 innings thus far, Richards has an exceptional 0.90... Read More

7 months ago

Monte Harrison Among Latest Round of Cuts

Miami Marlins outfielder Monte Harrison was part of the latest round of spring training cuts for the Marlins. Harrison, rated as the club's No. 3 prospect, slashed .240/.316/.399 with 19 home runs and 48 RBI in the minor leagues last year. Marlins' skipper Don Mattingly was encouraged by what he saw from Harrison this Spring,... Read More

7 months ago

Peter O'Brien Looks to Become Starting Outfielder This Year

With a paper-thin roster full of prospects and short-term players, Miami Marlins outfielder Peter O'Brien could find his way into the Marlins starting lineup when the regular season begins. O'Brien, who smacked four homers and 10 RBI in the final month of the 2018 season, is lighting it up in Spring Training so far. O'Brien... Read More

7 months ago

Pablo Lopez Looking to Earn Starting Spot

Miami Marlins starting pitcher Pablo Lopez has been impressive for the Marlins this spring, and it just might be enough to get him in the starting rotation. Lopez pitched four shutout innings on Saturday and, according to's Joe Frisaro, he's been one of the Marlins' best young pitchers this Spring. In 2018, Lopez finished... Read More

7 months ago

Jorge Alfaro Shut Down for Rest of Spring Training

The Miami Marlins will shut down catcher Jorge Alfaro from any baseball-related activities due to inflammation in his right knee, according to's Joe Frisaro. Alfaro has been having knee issues since the end of February, and an awkward slide in Tuesday's game against the Mets didn't help either. The Marlins are hopeful that Alfaro... Read More

7 months ago

Jorge Alfaro Nursing Injured Knee

Miami Marlins catcher Jorge Alfaro injured his knee during an awkward slide into second base on Tuesday, according to's Joe Frisaro. It was Alfaro's first appearance since bruising his right knee the week prior. The former Phillie, who was part of the deal that sent J.T. Realmuto to Philadelphia, came back into the game... Read More

8 months ago

Sandy Alcantara Looking to Make Starting Rotation in Miami

Miami Marlins starting pitcher Sandy Alcantara has been impressive this spring, so much so that he could land a spot in the starting rotation by the time the regular season starts, according to's Joe Frisaro. Alcantara, who came to Miami in the deal that sent Marcell Ozuna to the St. Louis Cardinals last year,... Read More

8 months ago

Lewis Brinson Off to Hot Start in Spring Training; Looks to Back Bounce From Awful 2018

Miami Marlins outfielder Lewis Brinson had a season to forget in 2018, though he's hoping his hot Spring Training start will carry over into the regular season. Brinson, who was acquired from the Milwaukee Brewers in the Christian Yelich deal last year, hit a lowly .199 with 11 home runs and 42 RBI in his... Read More

8 months ago

Derek Dietrich Gets Day Of Rest On Sunday

Miami Marlins outfielder Derek Dietrich will get the day off on Sunday as the team starts Cameron Maybin in his place. Dietrich has struggled over the last week with a measly .208 average. He is hitting .234 with three homers and nine RBI on the season. Dietrich should be back in the lineup on Monday.

1 year ago

Miguel Rojas Sitting Out On Sunday

The Miami Marlins will give shortstop Miguel Rojas the day off on Sunday. The team will start Yadiel Rivera in his place. Rojas and his four home runs have given the Marlins some pop this year, so this will be just a day to rest. Look for him to return to the starting lineup on... Read More

1 year ago

Starlin Castro Hits First Jack Of The Year

Miami Marlins second baseman Starlin Castro launched his first homer of the year on Saturday in a 6-0 Miami win. After Saturday's game, Castro is batting .308 with one homer and 13 RBI on the season. The former Yankee has had himself a nice week too, slashing .350/.417/.650 with five RBI and five runs scored.... Read More

1 year ago

J.T. Riddle Comes Off Disabled List; Optioned To Triple-A

Miami Marlins shortstop J.T. Riddle is officially off the disabled list and has been assigned to Triple-A New Orleans, according to's Joe Frisaro. Riddle has been out since having shoulder surgery in August, so he's likely to spend some time in the minors as he adjusts to the competition. Miguel Rojas has filled in... Read More

1 year ago

Caleb Smith Continues To Impress; Now A Must-Add On The Waiver Wire

Miami Marlins starter Caleb Smith has been a pleasant surprise for the Fish during the early goings of the 2018 season. The former Yankee prospect earned himself a spot in Miami's rotation and has caught fire over his last few starts. Despite a 1-3 record, Smith owns an impressive 1.26 WHIP and has struck out... Read More

1 year ago

Sandy Alcantara Impresses In Minors; Could Be Called Up Soon

The Miami Marlins could call up pitching prospect Sandy Alcantara soon, according to's Joe Frisaro. Alcantara came over to the Marlins from the Cardinals in the Marcell Ozuna trade and impressed in Spring Training. Skipper Don Mattingly wanted the young fireballer to get some more experience in the minors before making the transition to... Read More

1 year ago

Dan Straily Expected To Return On Monday

Miami Marlins starter Dan Straily is expected to make his season debut on Monday when the Fish open a series against the Phillies, according to Straily (forearm) will hopefully give the young Marlins' rotation a veteran boost. In 2017, the veteran righty went 10-9 with a 4.26 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP.

1 year ago

Justin Bour Officially Day-To-Day With Back Spasms

Miami Marlins first baseman Justin Bour is officially day-to-day as he continues to deal with back spasms, according to's Joe Frisaro. The sore back has caused Bour to miss the last two games for Miami. After getting off to a slow start, the big lefty has started finding his pop. On the season, Bour... Read More

1 year ago

Brian Anderson Moves To The Outfield

The Miami Marlins have moved third baseman Brian Anderson to right field in the wake of Martin Prado's return, according to's Joe Frisaro. Anderson began the season at third base and produced offense right away for the Fish. Now that the veteran Prado is back, Anderson will take his talents to the outfield. On... Read More

1 year ago

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