Sunday, June 7, 2009
Overview: The Fish did well to win three of four from the Milwaukee Brewers during the week. Over the weekend they dropped two of three to the Giants but will have an opportunity to split the four game set tomorrow.
Positives: The starting pitchers have been much better as this week they all allowed no more than three runs in each start. Hanley Ramirez has also gotten real hot as he went 10-25 and raised his batting average to .335. The bullpen also remains mostly good, with Leo Nunez and Kiko Calero consistently getting their jobs done (and Lindstrom's too!).
Negatives: While the offense has started scoring more runs, there are still games of a very little offense and subsequently, some of those great starting pitching performances have been wasted. In the last two weeks, the Marlins have lost four games in which the opposition scored only two or three runs. Oh, and Matt Lindstrom continues to struggle and there is a mild closer controversy.
Highlight of the Week: Josh Johnson provided his own run support on Thursday, blasting a three-run homer, that helped him and the club win 4-3 in the series finale. Honorable mention to Dan Uggla though, for reaching 100 career home runs quicker than any second baseman in MLB history.
Line of the Week: Again, JJ the ace takes the cake, from that same Brewers game.
W, 7 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 1BB, 8 KsLooking Ahead: As mentioned earlier, the Marlins look to split the four game set with Giants in the finale today. The homestand wraps up midweek with three games against the Cardinals before going on the road and starting interleague play north of the border in Toronto.