Sunday, August 9, 2009
Overview: The Marlins dropped three in Washington before sweeping a weekend series in Philly. It was the most infuriating 3-3 week ever.
Positives: Chris Coghlan is in the middle of a franchise-record eight-game multihit streak, and went 15 for 29 this week with 2 walks. Adam Smoot proved that two fanbases as apathetic as the Marlins' and Nationals' could hate each other. The weekend sweep pulled the Fish within four games of first place. Josh Johnson hit his third home run of the year on Tuesday, tying a team record.
Negatives: Nothing gets a fan base more depressed than getting swept by the Nats. The bullpen was especially bad in DC this week, blowing leads on Tuesday and Thursday. The pen gave up 5 runs in 3 and 2/3 on Thursday afternoon, wasting an eight-run effort at the plate. The Marlins continue to insist on giving at-bats to Emilio Bonifacio and Jeremy Hermida, despite the fact that a more than capable replacement for the two is waiting in NOLA.
Highlight of the Week: Cody Ross' two-run go-ahead home run in the sixth inning on Saturday night was indicative of the weekend series, in which the Fish managed to get hits at all the right times.
Line of the Week: Ricky Nolasco gets the nod with his streak-breaking seven-inning outing on Friday night, limiting the Phillies to two runs on four hits while striking out seven.
Looking Ahead: The Marlins return to Miami for a four-game set against Houston followed by a weekend series against the Rockies.
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