Latest Update Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a pinch hit solo blast in the ninth inning off Neftali Feliz but the Marlins fell short of Rangers 5-4 on Wednesday. Wed Aug, 20, 08:59 PM
A switch-hitter, he boasts good plate discipline and big-time power. Is versatile enough to also play first base if needed, mainly due to his huge frame.
Flaws: : Is somewhat injury-prone. Must also smooth out the rough patches in his game-calling and receiving ability, as well as throwing out base-stealers. Needs to develop more consistency with the bat, as well.
He started the game on the bench -- routine day after a night game. He logged two multi-hit games in a row before Wednesday afternoon, so it's safe to say he's swinging a hot bat. He's been better than league average with the stick, slashing .230/.338/.397 with 11 home runs in 340 PA. He's missed significant time with injury this season, but the woes appear to be in the rear view mirror. Analyst: Spencer Silva
Just another example of a catcher getting the day game off following a night game. Salty will get the afternoon off while Jeff Mathis works behind the plate.Analyst: Howard Bender
Salty will get a day off after five straight starts. Jeff Mathis will take over behind the dish. Saltalamacchia has been is a slump lately, going 4-for-28 in August and has not connected on an extra-base hit in 14 games.Analyst: Ivar G. Anderson
Salty is coming off three-straight starts behind the dish, so considering the back issues he's had in the past, it's probably wise to give him a day off to rest. The incomparable Jeff Mathis will handle the catching duties Sunday.Analyst: Howard Bender