26 April 2012
It seems only fitting that on the last day of the road trip, with the Marlins with their best chance to finally get a win they had Heath Bell blow his third save of the season by walking four batters and giving up a single to end the game. While not all of the Marlins played poorly, the 0-5 road trip the Marlins had against divisional opponents can only be described as a disastrous trip. In the five games the Marlins played (two at Washington and three at New York) they scored a total of six runs. An embarrassing fact that was only made more painful by the fact that the Marlins lost three of those games by a run and just gave up a total of 15 runs in those five games. Just miserable. While the bullpen deserve some of the blame for the Marlins failure to win a game on the road trip (they gave up 8 half of the teams runs and walked about a months worth of batters), I put most of the blame on the everyday guys.
Possibly had the Marlins been able to hit the some runs it would have taken a little pressure off of the bullpen so they did not have to come to the mound and feel like they had to pitch perfect or else. In the five game stretch as a team the Marlins went 25 for 159 (.157 average) from the plate with only eight extra base hits, three by Gaby Sanchez. After today's game only Omar Infante, Logan Morrison and Greg Dobbs are still hitting over .300 with the next two highest batting averages being Emilio Bonifacio (.261) and Gincarlo Stanton (.246), who only has four extra base hits all year. It is staggering just how poorly this team hits in the games that they lose in comparison to the games that they win, (check out my last article to see the numbers going into Tuesday night's game). And if that was not bad enough, the team has also hurt themselves by making plenty of fielding mistakes on this road trip. While only credited with two errors in the five games, anyone who watched every game could tell you that at least three out the 15 runs let up this road trip were due to fielding mistakes.
It really is an absolute shame that the Marlins offense was so bad because the Marlins starters were outstanding. In the five games the Marlins starting staff pitched a total of 34 1/3 innings and gave up only seven total run while striking out 32 and walking only three, Josh Johnson being the only one who did not go a full seven innings. Again, the Marlins starters walked only THREE total batters in the five games, meanwhile the Marlins bullpen had two innings where they gave up four innings in each. Putting up the numbers that the Marlins pitchers did you would have expected the team to have gone at least 4-1 not 0-5.
The only other bit of good news is that Edward Mujica, who had a line drive hit him in the throwing hand appears to be okay. Although it is unclear about whether or not he will pitch in this weekend's series, no bones were broken and he is not expected to go onto the DL.
So the Marlins down return back to Miami for a four game home stand versus the Arizona Diamondbacks starting tomorrow night.
- Friday at 7:10-- Carlos Zambrano (0-1) vs Joe Sauders (0-1)
- Saturday at 7:10-- Anibal Sanchez (1-0) vs Ian Kennedy (3-0)
- Sunday at 1:10-- Josh Johnson (0-2) vs Wade Miley (2-0)
- Monday at 12:40-- Mark Buehrle (1-3) vs Josh Collmenter (0-2)
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