Sunday, April 3, 2011
Overview: The Marlins opened up the season by dropping two of three to the Mets.
Positives: Offseason acquisition John Buck immediately endeared himself to the home fans with a grand slam on opening night to highlight a solid first weekend. Gaby Sanchez is also off to a nice start at the plate and hit cleanup Saturday and Sunday. Josh Johnson and Ricky Nolasco both pitched well in their debuts.
Negatives: The team very much resembled last year's edition. Sloppy fielding, unreliable bullpen and mostly non-clutch hitting were rampant this weekend. That lead to one close game going the wrong way and the team's first non-competitive game on Sunday. And that's not to mention that both Mike Stanton and Donnie Murphy got dinged up and missed a game or two.
I will weep under my bed until Stanton returns. Hopefully they'll be back on Tuesday.
Line of the Week: The first start in the Javier Vasquez era made Dave and other Marlins fans long for the Nate Robertson era. Javy got off to a rough start.
L, 2 1/3 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 4, ER, 5 BB, 1 K, 2 HR
Highlight of the Week: John Buck got the first runs of the season on the board with a big grand slam, becoming the fourth Marlin to slam on an opening day. Great opposite field shot.
Looking Ahead: The Fish will take a day off and lick their wounds. Then the Nats come in to town for three before the team leaves to Houston for the weekend.