PHILADELPHIA -- At least two major league advance scouts have noticed with suspicious eyes that the Marlins are batting 30 points higher at home than on the road.
Former Marlins Justin Ruggiano and John Baker give credit to the Marlins' improved offense, but Baker intimated the Cubs would take precautionary measures before Monday night's series opener.
"We'll have to make sure there aren't more extra cameras going in, but we'll take a look when we get there," Baker said Sunday. "I don't think there is (any sign stealing). We do change our signs a lot."
The Marlins, who were last in the National League in hitting last year with a .231 average, are batting .275 at home and .245 on the road.
Ruggiano cited the health of slugger Giancarlo Stanton, the emergence of former Cubs infielder Casey McGehee -- whom Ruggiano called an All-Star -- the experience of Reed Johnson and the development of Christian Yelich as reasons for the improvement.
"We were last in everything," recalled Ruggiano, who played the last two seasons with the Marlins. "No excuses. The rest of the guys have figured out just to put the ball in play more, and good things happen."
Selective swinging: Rookie third baseman Mike Olt wasn't in the lineup despite homering Saturday as manager Rick Renteria continues to find favorable matchups.
One statistic Olt needs to improve is hitting in less favorable counts. He's 0-for-13 with eight strikeouts on 0-2 counts and 6-for-17 (.353) with five home runs after the count is 2-0.
"Once he does get into a particular count in a hitter's situation, he trusts himself," Renteria said.
No rush: Arodys Vizcaino remains on a conservative schedule despite his success at Double-A Tennessee and glimpses of brilliance in spring training.
Vizcaino, who missed the last two seasons because of right elbow surgeries, has yet to pitch in consecutive games for Tennessee, where he has a 2.84 ERA in 13 appearances with 14 strikeouts in 122/3 innings.
Renteria said when Vizcaino has been cleared to pitch in consecutive games, he will be under a pitch count.
"It's the right thing to do, regardless of what our bullpen situation is," Renteria said. "When you're monitoring guys and making sure they come through healthy, the prudent thing to do is make sure they're good."
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