Sunday, August 2, 2009
Overview: The Marlins won both series against the Braves and Cubs, finishing the week 4-2.
Positives: New acquisition Nick Johnson has reached base in six of his first ten plate appearances as a Marlin, it's like he knows how to get on base and stuff... and getting benched has not seemed to affect Emilio Bonifacio. The Marlins have made two straight ninth-inning comebacks, and are proving to be very resilient, which I will take as a good sign.
Negatives: Hanley was removed with a knee ouchie on Saturday and did not start on Sunday, but I am told it was a precautionary move ahead of an off day. The Marlins gave up a lot of runs in the 9th and 10th innings this week, leaving me pause to worry about the state of the bullpen. It was probably wise not to give up Sean West or Andrew Miller for Heath Bell, but I am hoping that move does not backfire in the short run. The Fish need to find themselves a fifth starter. Burke Badenhop was placed on the 15-day DL, and Miller on the minor league DL, this week, leaving the Marlins with limited options (Tim Wood? Brian Sanches? Someone else?)...
Highlight of the Week: Don't be a dick and make me choose between Gload's and Ross' walkoff taters. I should not be forced to pick a favorite. Uggla's game-tying tater tot on Sunday was pretty epic as well, reaching the upper deck.
Line of the Week: Josh Johnson served up his 18th (!) quality start of the year on Wednesday, giving up 3 runs in 6 innings while serving up a three-run home run (negating the 3 earned runs, as it were). He's like Carlos Zambrano, except he's not batshit crazy. Nice week for Rosses and Johnsons...1
Looking Ahead: The Marlins have Monday off, then go on the road, playing three in Washington followed by an important three-game set at Philadelphia.
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