17 July 2011
The Marlins had one of the worst months in MLB history in June by going 5-22, but they have been just as good in July as they were bad in June. This month the Marlins are have won 10 of 15 including eight of their last nine games. The Marlins ended the month of June nine games under .500 and even though they have an extremely long way to go to get back into the play off hunt, with their next 10 games aginst the Mets, Padres, and Nationals the Marlins should be back above .500 soon.
One of the main reasons for the Marlins success is that they have been able to get some great performances from players who had been struggling in previous months. Hanley Ramirez is hitting .408 in July, raising his overall average above .250 for the first time since the first game of the season, and after Sunday Hanley has five home runs, 12 runs, and 17 RBI in this month alone. The other player who has really turned his season around is Javier Vazquez. Not even a month ago he was looking like one of the worst free agent additions in Marlins history, but in his last six starts he has gone 3-2 and lowered his ERA from 7.09 to 5.14. In those six starts, Vazquez has gone 37.1 innings and has only allowed 10 runs, seven of which were earned. Through only three starts in the month of July, Vazquez already has more total strike outs, 17, than he had in either of his first two months.
The other player who has really turned up his play in July is Emilio Bonifacio. Bonifacio has been one of the biggest surprise players all year for the Marlins, but he has really stepped up his play in July. Along with Hanley Ramirez, Emilio has one of the highest batting averages in the NL in July hitting .438. Emilio now has the highest qualifying batting average on the Marlins team at .290 (Badenhop is hitting 1.000 and Dobbs is hitting .303 buut neither has enough at bats). Although maybe his biggest contribution has been his base running. In July Bonifacio has an OBP percentage just above .500, and has nine of his 17 total stolen bases this month. It is quite amazing the turn around in Boni's play since Jack McKeon took over as Marlins manager. One has to wonder if this is just an aberration year like Buck's and Infante's 2010 season, or can he keep this up and turn into a real everyday player.
The Marlins will now look to finish July as strongly as they have begun, starting in New York. Marlins will play a make up game against the Mets, and will start Clay Hensley who is fresh off the DL. The Marlins had to option Chris Hatcher, who had a 1-2-3 8th in Saturday versus the Cubs in his major league debut, down to Jacksonville in order to bring Hensley back up. After the game against the Mets the Marlins will come back to Florida to play the Padres.
- Monday in New York at 7:10-- Clay Hensley vs. Chris Capuano
- Tuesday vs. Padres at 7:10-- Anibal Sanchez vs. Tim Stauffer
- Wednesday vs. Padres at 7:10-- Ricky Nolasco vs. Aaron Harang
- Thursday vs. Padres at 12:10-- Javier Vazquez vs. Dustin Mosley
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