Saturday, August 15, 2009
Mother Nature took a break as the Marlins closer and instead decided to give the team Saturday Night off.
Overview: The Marlins did well to win three of four against the Astros. After a win over the Rockies on Friday, they split a doubleheader today to finish off a 5-2 week.
Positives: The team is hitting like we haven't seen in quite some time. The streak of games with at least ten hits is up to thirteen and counting. In the seven games this week, they've scored 51 runs. As I mentioned Friday night, Chris Coghlan and Nick Johnson should get the most credit for continually getting on base and starting things. It also helps when all the run producers (Hanley, in particular) are hot at the plate though.
Negatives: The pitching hasn't been stellar, especially the bullpen. Twice this week we were treated to an Alfonseca-save and that's on top of the save Leo Nunez blew Tuesday night. As for the starters, other than Josh Johnson's gem on Friday, the only other quality start was a Sean West outing on Thursday. Ricky Nolasco was bombed for ten runs in 3 1/3 innings in his outing. The V-team of Volstad and Vandenhurk each had a bad outing, paired with a decent outing, but that's not going to be good enough if we are trying to make the playoffs.
Highlight of the Week: After the Fish came back from a 7-2 deficit, and Leo Nunez blew a save, Dan Uggla delivered a win in the 11th inning with a bases loaded single.
Line: of the Week: This is really a line of two weeks, but it deserves mentioning. Below are rookie Chris Coghlan's numbers for the month of August.
15 G, 29-69, .420% BA, 7 BB, 14 R, 13 RBI, .474% OBP, 1.068% OPS
Looking Ahead: The Fish are on the road for three each in Houston and Atlanta, after an off day Monday.
image via Joe Frisaro