Sunday, July 31, 2011
Overview: Sweep the Nats. Barely avoid getting swept in Atlanta. 4-2 week.
Positives: An above .500 week, always nice. The sweep in D.C. propelled the Marlins out of the cellar. Sunday's win also meant the Fish dealt the Braves their 10,000th loss in franchise history.
Negatives: Emilio Bonifacio's unlikely 26-game hitting streak was snapped on Friday.
Also, hate to beat a dead horse, but the Marlins erred by not moving Leo Nunez or anybody else at the trading deadline. I've touched on it before so I'll try to keep it brief. Leo is not an elite closer. In fact, in his Marlins tenure he has just about the same save percentage as one Kevin Gregg (83% to 82% in favor of Leo). Looking at WPA/LI (explanation here), it's 1.9 to 1.3 in favor of Gregg. I will admit though by the end of Gregg's tenure he was trending downward, and I wouldn't say the same about Leo. Point is though, is he a guy you want to be paying $5+ million for? No. The club should have moved him and received a decent prospect or two to help stock our barren minor league system.
Line of the Week: Big night for Greg Dobbs on Tuesday
3-5, HR, 2 R, 5 RBI
Highlight of the Week: An unlikely outside the park home run for Emilio Bonifacio today.
Looking Ahead: The Fish head up to New York for three with the Mets before returning home for four against the Cardinals.