Week in Review

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Overview: The Fish went 5-1 in the opening week, sweeping the Nationals before taking 2 of 3 from the Mets.
Positives: The Fish are already hitting, with Dan Uggla, Jorge Cantu, and Hanley Ramirez hitting multiple home runs this week. Emilio Bonifacio has thus far proved his worth in the leadoff spot, while the starting rotation sported an ERA of 2.70, with a bonus complete-game shutout at the hands of Josh Johnson.
Negatives: It's hard to complain about a 5-1 stretch, but relief pitching was a concern in the opening week. The bullpen blew two save opportunities against the Mets on Friday night, including a one-run lead in the ninth inning, before being bailed out. Matt Lindstrom blew a save on Friday night and earned an Antonio Alfonseca save on Wednesday, beginning the ninth inning with a three-run lead and giving up a run and loading the bases before finally closing the door.
Line of the Week: Josh Johnson was dealing on Sunday. His numbers against the Mets:

IP H R ER BB SO Pitches-Strikes ERA
9 5 1 1 1 7 113-77 0.57

Highlight of the Week: It's a tie this week between an inside-the-park home run from Emilio Bonifacio and a grand slam from Hanley Ramirez, both on opening day.
Looking ahead: After a day off on Monday, the Marlins head to Atlanta for three games and a weekend series in Washington against the Nats. We will likely see Alfredo Amezega this week, as he returned from the DL on Sunday.

Image via Miami Herald


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