11 May 2011
The last two nights the Phillies and the Marlins have put on quite a show and have played some top level baseball. On Tuesday night Josh Johnson got off to a rough start giving up a home run to Howard ang throwing 60 pitches in three innings, but he was able to turn it around as the Marlins got a RBI single from Coghlan in the eight inning to beat Roy Halladay, who pitched a complete game. Combined Josh Johnson and Roy Halladay only gave up two earned runs and struck out 16 while only giving up 11 hits. It was a show down of two of the best pitchers in the big leagues, and it lived up to the hype.
Then not to be out done Cliff Lee and Ricky Nolasco came in and put on a show on Wednesday night. The game Wednesday was oddly similar to the game Tuesday as Hanley Ramirez hit an early home run to give the Marlins a 1-0 lead and then the Phillies came back late to get the win. While neither pitcher made it through the 7th, but both still pitched well. Nolasco was taken out after giving up a run with one out in the seventh, but he still had six strikeouts in only six innings. This game came down to a match-up between bullpens and Romero, Kendrick and Madson only gave up one hit in three innings, while Dunn and Nunez gave up three runs in two innings. The win gives the Phillies a 3-2 season series lead and puts them up three games in the standings. For the Phillies it looks like Ryan Madson is turning into the potential closer that the Phillies thought he could turn into two years ago. Madson is down five for five in save opportunities with a 0.60 ERA.
The game the both teams want to forget is the first game of the series, where the Phillies won 6-4. The Marlins were able to smack around Phillies starter Joe Blanton for three runs on eight hits in five innings, but another poor start from Javier Vazquez doomed the fish. Vazquez only pitched 4.1 innings giving up six runs, five earned, on nine hits.
Everyone believed that this was a great signing for the Marlins this offseason, but it has turned out to be anything but. On the year Javy is 2-3 with a 6.88 ERA and only has 16 strikeouts in 35.1 inning, and has 22 walks. Javier Vazquez is back home in Puerto Rico right now because of a death in the family, but he is expected to be with the team and make his next start in Washington. Also expected to join the Marlins in Washington is Edward Mujica who had to be carted off the field on Friday after suffering a sprained left knee on Monday. Also their is a chance that Logan Morrison will rejoin the Marlins this weekend after making a few rehab starts this week in Jupiter.
I hate to say that Hanley Ramirez is starting to turn the corner as I have said that before this year, and he has gone right back to slumping, but Hanley did go 5-11 against Philadelphia with a home run and even on his outs he was making some good contact with the ball. His batting average is up to .217, but at the same time Mike Stanton has fallen back down to .234. Stanton has gone 4-24 in his last seven games. It is a real testament to the rest of this Florida Marlins team that with as poorly as those two have hit, this team is six games over .500 at 21-15.
On that same note, Marlins Fans we need to some how get Gaby Sanchez to the All-Star game. The guy has been incredible for the Marlins this year. Gaby Sanchez his hitting .336 with an OBP of .414, a Slugging% of .533, has six home runs, 23 RBI, 22 runs, and a walk to strikeout ratio of almost 1:1 (19K and 22BB). I know playing first base at an All-Star game is a tough job to get, especially in the NL with Ryan Howard, Prince Fielder, Joey Votto, and Albert Pujols, and that is why we need you to go out and vote often for Gaby.
As I said the Marlins now will head up to Washington for a weekend series versus the Nationals. Marlins need to be careful as they have both Volstad and Vazquez pitching, and Anibal pitching on the road.
- Friday at 7:05pm-- Chris Volstad vs. Tom Gorzelanny
- Saturday at 1:05pm-- Anibal Sanchez vs. Livan Hernandez
- Sunday at 1:35pm-- Javier Vazquuez vs. Jason Marquis
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