The Miami Marlins were competing in one of the toughest divisions this season, but they found a way to make it to the postseason and two of our MLBbro’s played a key role in making that happen.
Jazz Chisholm Jr. and Josh Bell will be making their second postseason appearance and they both will look to help the Marlins make a deep postseason run.
It came down to the end of the season for the Marlins to find out that they would be appearing in the postseason, and it wasn’t an easy task.
On Saturday, the Marlins clinched a playoff berth for the fourth time in franchise history after defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-3.
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Both MLBbro’s contributed to the team’s win. Chisholm hit his 19th home run of the season and Bell had a two-run double.
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Chisholm’s 19 home runs is a new career-high for the 25-year-old. The centerfielder loves playing in Miami and he believes the team has a close bond on the field.
“I feel like we’re just the biggest family in the league,” Chisholm said in an article from Times Union after the victory on Saturday. “I feel like nobody is as connected as us as a team. I feel like when someone gets going, everybody gets going. That’s the plan here and we’re just family and we’re coming in together.”
Having that team chemistry is very important and is a vital component for teams having success and winning titles. The Marlins went into that game against Pittsburgh with one thing on their mind.
“Before the game we called it ‘Clinch Day’ and we weren’t expecting any other day to be Clinch Day except today,” Chisholm said. “And that’s what we did, and we handled it today.”
Chisholm has developed into a leader on this Marlins team and he’s a player who provides a lot of energy on and off the field. And this brother is young too, so he has some years to continue to develop and be a dominant player in the league for years to come.
Through 97 games, Chisholm is hitting .252 with 52 RBI and 22 stolen bases to go along with his 19 home runs.
Josh Bell Provides The Punch
Josh Bell joined the Marlins this season and has delivered at the plate time after time, a big reason why the Marlins sought out to get him.
And now he’ll get a chance to do that in the postseason.
When the Marlins clinched a playoff berth on Saturday, Bell got to experience that in a familiar place. From 2016 to 2020, Bell played in Pittsburgh and became a fan favorite there.
“Thought I’d celebrate here years and years ago,” Bell said Saturday. “But just to be able to celebrate here now is icing on the cake.”
Bell brings that veteran leadership to the team and at any point during the game, he can change things with just one swing of the bat.
Last season, Bell appeared in the postseason with the San Diego Padres and put together a solid stat line, hitting .250 with two home runs and five RBI through 10 games.
Chisholm has only appeared in one game in the postseason, which came in 2020. He went 1-for-3 that game with a double.
We’ll get a chance to see both players look to contribute in big ways once the Wild Card begins.
The Marlins are one team you want to keep an eye on during the postseason.