04 May 2012
Last year the Marlins flew out to San Francisco at the pinnacle of their success and swept the Giants, and this year when the Marlins seemed to be at the low point of their season they again got a sweep of the Giants. After the previous two games were the Marlins both struggled to score runs and did not get quality pitching, the Marlins still only scored only eight total runs in the three games, but once again their starting pitching came through. In the three games Ricky Nolasco, Carlos Zambrano, and Anibal Sanchez all pitched for a minimum of seven innings and gave up a total of two runs. This makes 10 of the last 12 games the Marlins have gotten outstanding performance from its starters.
Unfortunately the Marlins starting pitchers, especially Carlos Zambrano, the end of their bullpen is in a state of flux. In the three games the Marlins saw Heath Bell get his third save and then struggle badly the next day which resulted in a blown save for Steve Cishek. In his five starts the Marlins have blown three saves and in the other two games they scored a total of zero runs. Heath Bell, who was one of the Marlins bog expensive free agent pick up, has had his ERA skyrocket to 11.74 and his WHIP is at 2.74. Edward Mujica was out to pitch the 9th inning on Thursday and got his first save since 2009, but it is likely that Steve Cishek will be the teams closer for the next couple of weeks, making Bell one of the most expensive setup men in the big leagues.
It is actually amazing that the Miami Marlins were able to get a sweep as they were completely inept when it comes to runners on base. In three games the Marlins stranded 30 base runners, and that average is low when you consider that on Thursday the Marlins only left four men on base. In the series the team had a toal of 23 hits, with the hits spread out amongst the teams line up with only two players really standing out. Giancarlo Stanton went 5 for 13 with two home runs and Brett Hayes who went 4 for 7 with two runs scored. The Marlins really need to start turning their hitting problems around. As of Friday afternoon Ricky Nolasco has a higher batting average (.250) than Gaby Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Hanley Ramirez, Emilio Bonifacio, John Buck, and Jose Reyes.
Thing will not be getting easier for the Marlins either as they now head south to one of the best pitchers parks in MLB, in San Diego. The Padres have the 4th lowest amount of hits in MLB, 5th lowest staff ERA's in all of MLB, 6th highest total of strikeouts in MLB, 5th lowest WHIP in the NL. The Marlins start their series with the Paders Friday night.
- Friday 10:05pm at San Diego: Josh Johnson (0-3) vs Anthony Bass (1-3)
- Saturday 8:35pm at San Diego: Mark Buehrle (1-4) vs Clayton Richard (1-3)
- Sunday 4:05 at San Diego: Ricky Nolasco (3-0) vs Joe Wieland (0-4)
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