Monday, September 14, 2009
Overview: The Fish swept a 3-game set at Citi Field, then dropped 2 of 3 to the Nationals.
Positives: The Marlins may be preparing to make Josh Johnson an offer he can't refuse (h/t JD). The Marlins will not raise ticket prices next year, Fish Stripes informs us. That's all the optimism I can muster, this week was the most disappointing 4-2 week I have seen in awhile.
Negatives: Did the Marlins just lose a home series against the Nats? I'm now calling it, they will not make the playoffs. Reason #1: Apart from Josh Johnson, the starting pitching has been woefully inconsistent. Case in point: in six starts this week, Marlins starters failed to pitch five full innings four times. Even when averaging 4.9 runs per game, it's hard to win when your starters don't get quality starts. Also, again with the red hats!?!?
Highlight of the Week: Gaby Sanchez hit his first career home run on Saturday night. Congrats to him. Might we see Gaby crack the starting lineup in 2010 if Nick Johnson exits via free agency? I hope so.
Line of the Week: If it weren't for Albert Pujols (and if the Marlins were in better position vis-a-vis the Phillies), Hanley Ramirez would be a lock for NL MVP. His line in six games this week:
Looking Ahead: The Marlins begin a 3-game series in St. Louis tonight before followed by a 4-game set in Cincinnati.
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