Monday, September 7, 2009
Overview: The Marlins split a four-game set with Atlanta and took two of three from Washington, leaving them 6.5 games behind the Phillies and 5 games out of the Wild Card.
Positives: Wes Helms provided some late-inning heroics on Wednesday. I'm happy to see Cameron Maybin back with the big club. Chris Coghlan was named NL Rookie of the Month for August. Hanley Ramirez hit his 100th career home run yesterday, becoming the fourth-fastest shortstop to reach the mark (behind A-Rod, Nomar Garciaparra, and Ernie Banks).
Negatives: Sunday's blown save was so disastrous that it inspired Ted to coin the term Greggorian. If the Marlins were to miss the playoffs by one game, then Sunday's loss would be all the more heartbreaking. Fights between teammates can't be good, and I don't care what Brendan Donnelly has to say about it.
Highlight of the Week: Cameron Maybin lays out for a sweet catch off of Christian Guzman on Saturday night. Wes Helm's walkoff home run was negated by Ryan Zimmerman's, so Maybin wins this week.
Line of the Week: Chris Coghlan deserves some Rookie of the Year consideration. He has become a real force at the top of the order, going 15-for-33 this week with 8 runs scored. He is currently in the middle of a 14-game hit streak. His promotion to the big club, while unexpected at the time, has been about as big a success as anyone could have hoped for.
Looking Ahead: The Fish play three against the Mets in New York followed by a weekend series at home against the Nats.
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