The Miami Marlins are headed to the postseason for the first time since 2003. As the second-place team in the NL East, they can finish no worse than the #6 seed. As things stands right now, the Marlins appear headed to a first-round match-up with the Cubs, whom they famously eliminated in 2003 to reach the World Series.
The Marlins overcame a lot this season to rebound from a 105-loss year in 2019, but there are more roadblocks to come. Starling Marté left today’s ballgame after being hit by a pitch, an injury the team has announced as a left ear contusion caused by the jostling of his helmet after being hit. It’s not clear at this time if Marte will miss time in the playoffs. Jose Ureña also left the game early after taking a line drive off his hand, notes ESPN’s Marly Rivera.
Losing Marte at this juncture would be a major blow for a resilient Marlins team. Upon his arrival in Miami, he instantly became the most recognizable player on this Marlins squad. The 31-year-old owns a triple slash of .282/.339/.432 between the Diamondbacks and Marlins this season. The Marlins would lean on a trio of youngsters to replace Marte in center should be miss time. Monte Harrison, Lewis Brinson, and Magneuris Sierra are all capable for manning the grass in center, though none of the three have established themselves at the plate.
As for Ureña, his status is not yet known. The Marlins planned to use him as a reliever in the wild card round, per MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro. Ureña has a 6.00 ERA through 4 starts since returning from the injured list. We’ll keep you updated on the status of both Marlins players as updates trickle in.