The Miami Marlins signed Jarrod Saltalamacchia to a three-year deal in the offseason in what was one of the bigger signings the Marlins made. He was immediately expected to impact the lineup and has done so thus far. He has opened up the lineup a bit by allowing Giancarlo Stanton to see better pitches to hit and has allowed Casey McGehee to get on the roll he has experienced lately.
Having Saltalamacchia in the lineup changes everything for the Marlins. He really got hot with the Boston Red Sox in 2013, helping lead them to a World Series with a hot .273 average. So far this year, Saltalamacchia has battled a stint on the disabled list and has only churned out a .219/.322/.393 slash line to go along with nine home runs and 27 RBIs before the All-Star break.
Saltalmacchia has seen his share of struggles, but looking at his career numbers, he only averages a .243/.311/.425 slash line per 162 games. His power numbers have been a bit down because he does average 21 home runs and 74 RBIs per 162 games.
Miami is still waiting for him to turn the power on, and he needs to do so soon since Stanton is not going to see the same pitches he has in the first half of the season. Saltalamacchia will need to handle the brunt of the Marlins’ power and will have to play a bigger part in the team’s drive to the playoffs.