Sunday, June 14, 2009
Overview: The Fish took the finale from the Giants on Monday and wrapped up the home stand by dropping two of three to the Cardinals. This weekend the club swept the Blue Jays in Toronto to finish off a 5-2 week.
Positives: The starting pitching continues to improve. Josh Johnson totaled 16 innings in two Marlins wins while Sean West, Andrew Miller, and Ricky Nolasco each had a quality start. Several hitters are starting to get hot. Chris Coghlan has been excellent in the leadoff spot with Jeremy Hermida, Hanley Ramirez, and Cody Ross driving in many runs.
Negatives: The club blew one in the finale against the Cardinals, ruining the chance to win the series. A two run lead vanished with some base hits and a costly error by Cody Ross. Chris Volstad also posted his worst start in his young career, allowing six runs and ten hits.
Highlight of the Week: Jeremy Hermida provide the team with it's first walkoff homer of the season and his first of his career to take the opener against the Cardinals.
Line of the Week: Sean West's night to remember, his first career victory
W, 8 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
Looking Ahead: The team travels to Boston for three against the Red Sox starting Tuesday. Hopefully the pitching will be better than the last visit. Fathers' Day weekend there will be massive crowds expected as the Marlins host the Yankees.
(Unfrozen cavemen catcher photo credit AP via ESPN.com)