Sunday, May 13, 2012
Overview: The Marlins took two of three in Houston, then won two of three against the Mets at home.
Positives: Giancarlo Stanton's walkoff grand slam was the best Mother's Day Gift of all. I hope you all did what I did, and tell your mom Giancarlo did that as a favor to you for the holiday. Carlos Zambrano has turned out to be a steal for the Fish. In two starts this week, he gave up just one earned run (and one unearned) in 16 innings. Michael Jong has an interesting piece about Big Z's turnaround at Fish Stripes.
Negatives: Heath Bell's struggles continue; he gave up two runs in the top of the ninth inning Sunday, allowing the Mets to take a late lead. Remember that Emilio Bonifacio regression we've been warning you about for months? It's happening. As his BABIP is back at career norms this season (.320), he is now slashing .240/.333/.248. Ozzie Guillen has moved him down in the batting order, but the Marlins may need to start looking around for a new centerfielder if this persists.
Line of the Week: Carlos Zambrano threw a complete game on Monday, and it was a gem:
9 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K, 109 pitches, 0.452 WPA
Highlight of the Week: I think we all know who the rightful winner of this award is...
Looking Ahead: The Fish host Pittsburgh for two games, then hit the road. A two-game set in Atlanta is followed by a weekend series in Cleveland, Miami's first interleague set of the season.