Marlins clean-up hitter Casey McGehee said he’s learned to get past feeling disrespected each time Giancarlo Stanton gets intentionally walked in front of him.
If McGehee keeps producing like he did in Monday’s come-from-behind victory against the Mets, opposing managers might have to think twice before giving the Marlins’ biggest bat a free pass.
McGehee’s walk-off RBI single off Mets reliever Gonzalez Germen marked the fourth time this season the third baseman was in the on-deck circle when Stanton was intentionally walked. He’s now 2-for-3 in those situations with a walk and two go-ahead or game-winning RBIs.
Stanton has been intentionally walked a major league-leading eight times, one shy of his career high. First baseman Garrett Jones is 1-for-4 hitting behind Stanton in those situations.
“It took awhile, but I think my time in Milwaukee definitely helped me being in those situations, hitting behind Prince [Fielder] all those years,” said McGehee, who entered Tuesday’s game hitting .406 with runners in scoring position.
“Taking the personal part of it and then understanding what’s going on and not try to do much is what you have to do. Just slow down and have a good at bat is all you can really do right there.”
Manager Mike Redmond said if he didn’t have the confidence in McGehee and catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia to protect Stanton he probably wouldn’t have bunted Christian Yelich over to second base in the ninth Monday night.
With an 11-game road trip set to begin on Thursday and his team in the midst of playing 20 games in 20 consecutive days, Redmond said Tuesday he’s been trying to find a window to give Stanton a day off to rest.
Stanton, who leads the National League with 10 homers and all of baseball with 37 RBI, is one of three Marlins who has played in every game this season. McGehee and Adeiny Hechavarria are the others.
Redmond said when he does finally get Stanton a day off in right field veteran Reed Johnson will replace him in the field.
This and that
• Redmond said second baseman Rafael Furcal is back in Jupiter on rehab assignment after aggravating his groin in his first game back with Double A Jacksonville last Friday. But Redmond said Furcal isn’t playing in any games yet, and “as of right now there’s no timetable for him to come back.”
• Pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs, who privately worked out a $1.7 million extension with owner Jeffrey Loria to play for the Marlins this season, was officially released on Tuesday. The 35-year old left-handed bat was designated for assignment back on April 29th to make room for Ed Lucas. Dobbs had just one hit in his 13 pinch-at bats and had not seen any action in the field this season.
• Wednesday: Marlins RHP Tom Koehler (3-2, 2.41 ERA) vs. Mets RHP Zack Wheeler (1-3, 5.13), 12:40 p.m. Marlins Park.
• Thursday: Marlins RHP Jacob Turner (0-0, 9.90) vs. Padres RHP Ian Kennedy (2-4, 3.43), 10:10 p.m. Petco Park.