Inbox: What caused Miami to stumble out of gate?

Beat reporter Joe Frisaro answers questions from Marlins fans

Inbox: What caused Miami to stumble out of gate?

What do you attribute the slow start to?
-- @rainman101213

Pick an area, and you can find fault. The offense sputtered during the opening week, and in the four-game series where they were just swept in New York, no starting pitcher worked more than 5 1/3 innings. The bullpen has been taxed, and there have been some defensive and mental lapses. So it's not one thing. But to snap out of it and get rolling, the starting pitching has to set the tone. It will be a challenge because Henderson Alvarez is on the disabled list with an injured right shoulder.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Koehler shocked by sudden stumble in outing

Right-hander allowed seven runs in tough fourth inning to Mets

Koehler shocked by sudden stumble in outing

NEW YORK -- For three innings, everything was moving along so smoothly for Tom Koehler in what was shaping up as a strong pitching matchup with Matt Harvey. Then, the second time through the order, things collapsed quickly for the Marlins' right-hander.

The sudden swing led to a seven-run fourth inning that placed the Marlins in a deep hole, and the Mets were able to hold on, 7-6, on Sunday at Citi Field.

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Marlins rally late, but fall short against Mets

Marlins rally late, but fall short against Mets

NEW YORK -- Nothing going for them off Tom Koehler for three innings, no worries. The Mets continue to find a way, and they did it once again on Sunday -- breaking through for seven runs in the fourth inning that ultimately stood.

With a sizable lead, Matt Harvey struck out seven while giving up four runs. New York was able to hold off a late Miami rally, and preserve a 7-6 win, completing a four-game sweep at Citi Field and tallying their eighth straight victory.

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Slumping Yelich still searching for answers at plate

Young outfielder focused on returning to form after tough Mets series

Slumping Yelich still searching for answers at plate

NEW YORK -- If there has been a time Christian Yelich has felt this out of whack at the plate, he can't remember. Right now the swing isn't right, and the 23-year-old is searching for answers.

Neither Yelich nor the Marlins had much go right over the weekend in their four-game sweep at the hands of the Mets at Citi Field. In the series, the 23-year-old left fielder was 2-for-18 with eight strikeouts.

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Realmuto puts athleticism on display against Mets

Realmuto puts athleticism on display against Mets

NEW YORK -- J.T. Realmuto was involved in a bit of everything on Sunday afternoon. The 24-year-old catcher had a single, sacrifice fly, scored on a wild pitch, and drove in another run on a fielder's choice grounder to third.

Oh by the way, Realmuto also was the focal point of an instant replay challenge. Gradually, the rookie is becoming more and more a part of the action.

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Marlins look to turn things around in Philly

Marlins look to turn things around in Philly

The Marlins and Phillies will open a three-game series Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park with both sides seeking a much-needed win. Miami has lost seven of nine and is coming off a four-game sweep by the Mets. Philadelphia has dropped seven of eight games, including three of four to the Nationals largely due to woes at the plate. The Phillies have scored two or fewer runs in four of their last five games.

Dan Haren gets the starting nod for Miami, and fellow right-hander Jerome Williams takes the mound for Philadelphia. The Phillies took last season's series from the Marlins, 11-8.

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Gordon goes 5-for-5 with three RBIs in loss

Second baseman contributes to, encouraged by Marlins' ninth-inning rally

Gordon goes 5-for-5 with three RBIs in loss

NEW YORK -- The Marlins have been on both sides of Dee Gordon's five-hit games. A year ago, while he was with the Dodgers, the speedy second baseman set his single-game hits high at Miami on May 3.

On Saturday night, Gordon went 5-for-5 in the Marlins' 5-4 loss to the Mets at Citi Field. The outcome wasn't what he wanted, but the production keeps coming for the 2014 All-Star.

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Marlins rally in ninth but fall to Mets

Marlins rally in ninth but fall to Mets

NEW YORK -- The only thing to slow Jacob deGrom down on Saturday night was a rising pitch count. After seven shutout innings, the Mets right-hander exited with eight strikeouts and 101 pitches, but not before being backed by homers from Wilmer Flores and Travis d'Arnaud.

deGrom's dominance set the tone early, and the Mets held off a ninth-inning rally to claim a 5-4 victory over the Marlins, extending New York's winning streak to seven straight. The 2014 National League Rookie of the Year now hasn't given up a run in 18 1/3 innings.

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Latos making strides, warns Marlins will be dangerous

Righty allows two runs, strikes out five in five innings in loss to Mets

Latos making strides, warns Marlins will be dangerous

NEW YORK -- The Marlins clearly are down right now, but right-hander Mat Latos cautions not to count the club out.

Latos made strides on the mound, giving up two runs while striking out five in five innings in Miami's 5-4 loss to the Mets at Citi Field. With the way Jacob deGrom was throwing, Latos was removed for a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning.

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Marlins hold players-only meeting before Game 3 vs. Mets

Teammates hope to motivate each other after slow start

Marlins hold players-only meeting before Game 3 vs. Mets

NEW YORK -- Off to a slow start, the Marlins on Saturday afternoon called a players-only meeting in an attempt to get on track. The players gathered for about 30 minutes prior to batting practice before facing the Mets at Citi Field.

"I think it's always good for players to talk amongst each other and motivate each other," manager Mike Redmond said. "I got my last hit in 2010, so I can't physically go out and get any more hits. It's up to the players to go out there and motivate themselves."

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Marlins claim Tracy to add pitching depth

Marlins claim Tracy to add pitching depth

NEW YORK -- The Marlins have added some Minor League pitching depth with big league experience. The club claimed lefty Matt Tracy off waivers from the Yankees, and will assign the 26-year-old to Triple-A New Orleans. To make room for Tracy on the 40-man roster, Miami transferred pitcher Jose Fernandez to 60-day disabled list.

Tracy made his MLB debut on April 11, throwing two innings of relief in the Yankees' 8-4 loss to the Red Sox. New York designated him for assignment after that game.

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Stanton heating up, Marlins cooled off

Slugger homers for second straight night, stresses playing consistently for nine innings

Stanton heating up, Marlins cooled off

NEW YORK -- The past two nights Giancarlo Stanton provided the power early, but the Marlins still are having trouble establishing any consistency.

It was more of the same on Friday night as the Mets, behind Bartolo Colon's seven strong innings, tripped up the Marlins, 4-1, in front of an energized 38,753 at Citi Field.

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Stanton homers, Marlins fall again

Stanton homers, Marlins fall again

NEW YORK -- Bartolo Colon once again baffled and amazed both on the mound and at the plate, Michael Cuddyer drove in the go-ahead run and the Mets overcame an early Giancarlo Stanton homer to win their sixth straight game, 4-1, over the Marlins.

Colon scattered six hits over seven innings to become the first starter in the Majors to three wins, and for the second straight game he helped his own cause with the stick. Colon, at times comically inept at the plate, sent the Citi Field faithful into a frenzy when he smacked a sacrifice fly to center to tie the game in the fifth. After going nine years between RBIs, Colon drove in his second run in as many starts.

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Phelps steps up on limited pitches

Despite disagreeing with some calls, righty held Mets hitless through four

Phelps steps up on limited pitches

NEW YORK -- Before taking the mound on Friday night, David Phelps knew he was looking at a limited number of pitches before he got the hook. So the Marlins right-hander was aiming to make every one count, which increased his frustration when a couple of close calls didn't go his way.

Phelps was hurt by two walks and Bartolo Colon's sacrifice fly in the fifth inning, which swung momentum in the Mets' 4-1 victory at Citi Field.

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Salty disappointed about less playing time, but supports team

Catcher wants to help Marlins win in any way possible, thinks Realmuto looks strong

Salty disappointed about less playing time, but supports team

NEW YORK -- Jarrod Saltalamacchia understandably is disappointed, but the veteran catcher makes it clear he won't let his reduced playing time become a distraction.

J.T. Realmuto, 24, made his third straight start on Friday when the Marlins faced the Mets in New York, and Miami is giving the rookie ample opportunities behind the plate.

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Stanton sets Marlins' home run record with first of '15

Right fielder's two-run shot in first inning brings his total to 155

Stanton sets Marlins' home run record with first of '15

NEW YORK -- Giancarlo Stanton now stands alone among the Marlins' all-time home run leaders.

In the first inning against the Mets on Thursday at Citi Field, the 25-year-old blasted a two-run shot, giving him 155 for his career and vaulting him past Dan Uggla for the franchise lead.

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Ichiro called safe in wild replay review

Marlins pinch-hitter tied game after call overturned following lengthy look

Ichiro called safe in wild replay review

NEW YORK -- Ichiro Suzuki pleaded. The Marlins challenged. Then, everyone waited … and waited.

After a review that lasted five minutes, 44 seconds on Thursday night, one of the wildest replay reviews you'll see resulted in an overturn that produced the tying run in the seventh inning for the Marlins against the Mets at Citi Field.

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Stanton sets record, but Marlins fall to Mets

Stanton sets record, but Marlins fall to Mets

NEW YORK -- Another wacky game at Citi Field produced another wild win for the Mets, who parlayed Lucas Duda's three-hit night into a 7-5 win over the Marlins. The victory was the fifth straight for the Mets, marking their longest winning streak since 2013.

Twice, the Marlins built early leads, most notably on Giancarlo Stanton's record-setting two-run homer in the first. But the Mets twice tied the game, taking the lead for good on Duda's opposite-field RBI single off left-hander Mike Dunn in the seventh.

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Prospect Realmuto could see more time behind plate

Catcher performed well vs. Braves, could energize Marlins

Prospect Realmuto could see more time behind plate

NEW YORK -- The Marlins are searching for a spark, and catching prospect J.T. Realmuto might be the answer. The 24-year-old had two hits in Wednesday's 6-2 win in Atlanta, and he was back behind the plate in the series opener on Thursday in New York against the Mets.

Manager Mike Redmond noted that Realmuto, a converted shortstop, is a talented athlete who will get a chance to play. How much may be determined by performance.

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Yelich returns to lineup after tight lower back

Left fielder cleared to play in Marlins' series opener vs. Mets

Yelich returns to lineup after tight lower back

NEW YORK -- All it took were a couple of days off in Atlanta for Christian Yelich to get back in the lineup. After missing two games, the 23-year-old left fielder found himself starting in the Marlins' series opener on Thursday against the Mets at Citi Field.

Yelich, hampered by a tight lower back, took early batting practice and was cleared to play.

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Hechavarria highlights victory on birthday, Jackie's Day

Hechavarria highlights victory on birthday, Jackie's Day

ATLANTA -- Adeiny Hechavarria had three hits, including a two-run homer, and Dee Gordon hit a two-run double as the Marlins topped the Braves, 6-2, Wednesday afternoon at Turner Field on Jackie Robinson Day. Michael Morse added a solo shot, his first of the season, for the Marlins, who outscored the Braves, 14-4, over the last two games to win the series and gain a measure of revenge for Atlanta's season-opening sweep in Miami.

Eric Stults (0-1) took the loss for Atlanta, allowing four earned runs on five hits in five innings. Stults allowed a pair of runs in the third on Gordon's double, then allowed two more in the fifth on a homer by Hechavarria, who is hitting .500 career against him (6-for-12).

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Marlins, Gordon celebrate Jackie Robinson Day

Second-generation ballplayer, former Dodger has special pride in wearing No. 42

Marlins, Gordon celebrate Jackie Robinson Day

ATLANTA -- The son of former Major Leaguer Tom "Flash" Gordon, Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon learned at an early age the legend of Jackie Robinson. To this day, Dee honors the memory of the man who broke MLB's color barrier in 1947, and all he meant not only to baseball, but also to society.

On Wednesday, Major League Baseball continued its tradition of celebrating Jackie Robinson Day, once again with all players wearing No. 42.

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Hechavarria, Morse triple Marlins' total with two blasts

Shortstop drives in three on career day; slugger launches 100th career homer

Hechavarria, Morse triple Marlins' total with two blasts

ATLANTA -- For the most part, the Marlins haven't had much to cheer about in the early going of the season. On Wednesday, they had two reasons to rejoice -- Adeiny Hechavarria's 26th birthday and Michael Morse's milestone.

Hechavarria connected on a two-run homer and Morse added a solo shot in the Marlins' 6-2 win over the Braves at Turner Field. Miami took two of three at Atlanta, claiming its first series win.

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Haren bounces back after first, shuts down Braves

Veteran starter works well with recent callup Realmuto behind plate

Haren bounces back after first, shuts down Braves

ATLANTA -- By his own admission, Dan Haren's first inning was less than ideal. The right-hander labored through 28 pitches, walked a couple and flirted with big trouble.

But before disaster struck, Haren got out of a bind, settled in and set the tone for the Marlins' 6-2 win over the Braves on Wednesday afternoon at Turner Field. Haren gave up two runs in seven innings, struck out five, and held Atlanta hitless for 4 2/3 innings.

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Stanton, Marlins break out, solve Braves

Stanton, Marlins break out, solve Braves

ATLANTA -- Giancarlo Stanton drove in four runs and accounted for some of the damage Trevor Cahill incurred during a three-run first inning that propelled the Marlins to a 8-2 win over the Braves on Tuesday night at Turner Field.

Cahill, who was acquired from the D-backs on March 31, extended last year's woes as he allowed four runs and exited after issuing Marcell Ozuna a bases-loaded walk with one out in the third. Dee Gordon fueled the Marlins' offense with a pair of singles and a sixth-inning sacrifice fly that accounted for the last of the two runs Braves reliever Sugar Ray Marimon surrendered while completing four innings in his Major League debut.

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Shedding face guard for first time, Stanton delivers

Marlins slugger had worn special helmet for every AB this year after being hit in face last season

Shedding face guard for first time, Stanton delivers

ATLANTA -- Giancarlo Stanton collected three hits, drove in four runs and conquered a personal hurdle on Tuesday night in the Marlins' 8-2 win over the Braves at Turner Field.

In his final plate appearance, Stanton accomplished a first this season. The slugger spurned his customized helmet face guard and delivered a two-run double in the eighth inning off lefty Andrew McKirahan.

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