Sunday, July 22, 2012
Overview: The Marlins won Monday against Washington and Tuesday against the Cubs, then dropped five straight, culminating in a weekend sweep at the hands of the Pirates.
Positives: Hard to find any at this point. The Marlins are sputtering just ahead of the July 31 trade deadline, meaning some of the team's impending free agents could become trade bait for pieces that can help in 2013. Anibal Sanchez and Carlos Zambrano are the most likely candidates for a deal in that scenario.
Negatives: The Marlins' run differential keeps getting worse, it is up to -71 after Sunday's loss. The team is lucky to be 44-51, which is even more depressing than it sounds at first.
Line of the Week: Nothing sticks out this week.
Play of the Week: I always like a well-executed squeeze bunt, and Rick Nolasco pulled one off on Friday in Pittsburgh.
Looking Ahead: The Marlins return home for three-game sets against Atlanta then San Diego, with an off-day on Thursday.