Sunday, May 1, 2011
Overview: The Marlins won two of three from both the Dodgers and the Reds for a 4-2 week. They are now 17-9 and sit second in the NL East.
Positives: The team somehow keeps winning despite injuries and a very slow start by Hanley Ramirez. Speaking of Hanley, there were signs this week he's finally feeling comfortable at the plate. The starting pitching has also been pretty solid with Josh Johnson throwing lights out and the rest of the staff keeping the team in ballgames.
Negatives: The two losses this week were both bullpen meltdowns that were excruciating to watch. Especially painfully was Saturday's game in which Edward Mujica single-handedly blew JJ's win (Somehow JJ restrained himself and didn't wreck the clubhouse like I would have). There's also the story of Clay Hensley, who had a shaky outing on Wednesday, but then injured himself falling down some stairs in Cincinnati.
Line of the Week: This is getting repetitive, but honestly I looked for other worthy winners and couldn't come up with anything. Josh Johnson's first six starts:
3-0, 0.88 ERA, 41 IP, 18 H,11 BB, 39 K
Highlight of the Week: Tip of the cap to Omar Infante's clutch game-winning hit on Tuesday, but we'd be pretty lousy if we didn't honor Emilio Bonifacio's(!) physics defying outside-the-park home run today.
Looking Ahead: The Fish head to St. Louis for four games with the Cardinals. Then they come home for a weekend series against the Nationals.