Monday, August 8, 2011
Overview: Feast and famine. The Marlins swept the Mets in an abbreviated series (bringing them back to .500 for the first time since my early 20s), then dropped four in a row against the Cardinals.
Positives: Alfredo Amezega is back, making him the Eddie House (i.e. high-five specialist) of the Marlins. Emilio Bonifacio won NL Player of the Month for July. I'm still wrapping my head around that.
Negatives: Now we know why Hanley usually doesn't hustle. The four-game sweep at the hands of the Cardinals puts Florida out of playoff contention, 10 games behind Wild Card leader Atlanta with eight weeks to go.
Line of the Week: Leo Nunez had a line Monday night that would make Antonio Alfonseca blush (he got the win, of course):
Looking Ahead: The Marlins host the Braves and Giants for three games apiece, with an off-day in between series.