03 June 2012
Just three days into June the Marlins are already almost half way to their win total from last June. The Marlins took two of three from the Phillies in Philadelphia, a place that has been a house of horrors to the Marlins in the past. The Marlins really struggled at times in Friday's 6-4 loss. In a game where the Marlins left 12 men on base and went 1 for 12 with runners in scoring position (including failing to score 1 run despite having the bases loaded 3 different times) maybe the biggest play of the game came with Hanley at the plate and the bases loaded in the 8th. Marlins started the inning down 6-2 and they cut it to 6-4 after solo homers by Logan Morrision and Justin Ruggiano. Then later in the inning with the bases loaded Hanley Ramirez was called out on a third strike that had it been any further inside it would have been thrown behind him. However Hanley would get the last laugh as he would go 3 for 9 in the next two games with three home runs and four RBI.
After a long home stand where the Marlins saw two of their most important players make a drastic spike in their batting averages, it was great to see the both Jose Reyes and Hanley Ramirez continued their production in Philadelphia. Hanley has raised his average to .276 and Jose Reyes, who is riding a 14 game hitting streak, is now batting .278 after going 7 for 15 with five RBI in Philly.
The Marlins also go a boost Sunday from the bat of Carlos Zambrano as he hit his first home run as a Marlin. Since coming over from Chicago this off season, it could be argued that Zambrano has been the Marlins best pitcher. After going 7.2 innings of one run and four hit baseball on Sunday, he is 2nd on the team in ERA, WHIP, strike outs, and innings pitched. While his record is only 4-3, part of the issue has been the lack of run support he had and two Heath Bell blown saves in the first month of the season. Zambrano has also been able to contribute on offense as his .174 batting average is higher that John Buck, Chris Coghlan and Donnie Murphy.
After three games on the road the Marlins now come back home for another long home stand. Starting on Tuesday the Marlins will play nine games in nine days at Marlins park against the Braves, Rays and Red Sox.
- Tuesday at 7:10 from Marlins Park: Anibal Sanchez (3-3) vs Tim Hudson (3-2)
- Wednesday at 7:10 from Marlins Park: Josh Johnson (3-3) vs Randall Delgado (3-5)
- Thursday at 7:10 from Marlins Park: Mark Buehrle (5-5) vs Mike Minor (2-4)