Monday, May 30, 2011
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Positives: Javier Vazquez has seemingly returned from the dead, throwing his second and third quality starts of the season in his last two outings. His fastball has returned to the low-90s range, and he has only allowed one line drive over the last two starts, with a 10/3 K/BB (compared to 20/17 in his first 8 starts). In other improbable pitching successes, the Marlins used a bullpen platoon to cover what would have been Josh Johnson's start on Saturday, with five relievers combining for a 6 hit, 1 run performance in a winning effort. That's all icing on the cake when combined with the gems thrown by Ricky Nolasco and Anibal Sanchez in San Francisco. John Baker is a thoughtful and articulate writer, be sure to read his piece on Wednesday's Scott Cousins-Buster Posey collision.
Negatives: Nolasco followed up a solid outing in San Francisco with his worst game of the year yesterday. He only made it through 5 innings, giving up 8 runs on 15 hits. Check your fantasy league, there's a decent chance some idiot waived Ricky yesterday. A disappointing start for Hanley Ramirez got even worse yesterday when he was lifted due to lower back stiffness. Hanley is listed day to day.
Line of the Week: Anibal Sanchez continues to impress this year. He went the distance in San Francisco on Thursday, picking up his fourth win and second complete game of the season.
9.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 8 K, 2 BB, 111 pitches
Highlight of the Week: Honorable mention goes to Mike Stanton's BP monster dong on Wednesday, but this week's honor goes to the aforementioned Cousins-Posey collision, as the Marlins notched what would be the winning run on an Emilio Bonifacio sac fly. The diehards extend our best wishes to Posey as he recovers from the injury sustained in the play.
Looking Ahead: The Fish open a three-game series in the Phoenix against the Diamondbacks, then return home for a four-game set against the Brewers beginning Friday.