2011 Archives http://marlinsbigcatch.com/table/2011-articles/august/ Tue, 23 May 2017 20:40:47 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb The Boogeyman is Back http://marlinsbigcatch.com/2011-articles/august/the-boogeyman-is-back.html http://marlinsbigcatch.com/2011-articles/august/the-boogeyman-is-back.html Last evening Logan Morrisons twitter followers got to see the following message get tweeted out, "6pm flight to FLL. The Boogeyman is back!"  And it is true.  LoMo will be back in the lineup for game one of the Marlins home doubleheader against the Cincinnati Reds.  Morrison batted .167 with one home run and five RBI in six games in the Zephers.  Considering how his average in the Minors was and the fact that Bryan Petersn batted .378 with four runs, five doubles, and three triples in his place, it is glaringly obvious that the Marlins did not send Morrison down to the minors to fix his swing.  To make room on the 25 man roster the Marlins have designated Dewayne Wise for assignment.  The Marlins only had one win in the time that LoMo was in the minors, while the hitting was not the Marlins problem during that time, his return should give a moral boost to a fairly depressed locker room.

bcastaldo2000@gmail.com (BC Castaldo) August Wed, 24 Aug 2011 18:05:09 +0000
While I Understand, I Disagree http://marlinsbigcatch.com/2011-articles/august/while-i-understand-i-disagree.html http://marlinsbigcatch.com/2011-articles/august/while-i-understand-i-disagree.html iThe two big stories on all the local sports talk radio shows in South Floirda today were the recap of the Dolphins first preseason game and Logan Morrison being sent down to the minors.  Today was the most play the Marlins have received in local media in quite a while and no matter which side people were on it is was almost all negative for the Marlins as a whole.  No matter what side of the argument people were on everyone understands that the demotion of Morrison had little to do with his play on the field and more of some off the field stuff that he has butted head with the Front Office about. 

A lot of the fans whole called in to radio shows, called in suport of the Logan Morrison and agreed with the comments that he has made in the past, especially about Hanley Ramirez.  One of the things that I mentioned before the season with Dan Uggla's departure is that there really was no one on the Marlins roster who could call out Hanley this year.  Surprisingly the out spoken Morrison has actually stepped up and done that a few times this year, although less than some would make you believe as some quotes have been taken out of context.  While many frustrated Marlins fans would agree with some of the comments that he has made about Hanley, considering the year Hanley is having, others will be quick to point out that Morrison has yet to play a full season in the big leagues so what right does he have calling out an All-Star in his prime.

As much as many in management may have disagreed with what Morrison has said, I am actually glad to see him take a such big leaps in becoming a vocal leader of this team, something Hanley has never been able to do.  In general I am very much opposed to the Front Office's decision to send him down to the minor leagues, but having said that I must also say that I understand how the Marlins came to the decision they did.

The Marlins Front Office maybe one of the most stubborn and single minded front offices in all of Major League Baseball.  They want things done their way, and they will make any move they want to with out a second thought to how others might view it.  So for them, after trying to tell LoMo to watch what he says to the media, telling him to cut down on the tweeting, and them have him walk out of one fan publicity event and to skip another (yes I do know that management cut a bowling event LoMo was trying to do), they came to the view that they would have to do something to strongly make their point.  Judging by the way it sounded that Morrison was almost in tears after receiving the news, he got their point. 

At this point I just hope that the relationship between the Front Office and Morrison is not so bad that the Front Office does anything more rash.  This butting heads between ownership and a member of the team feels all to familiar to what happened between the Marlins Front Office and Joe Girardi.  The Marlins fired the NL Manager of the year after one season because the two parties had different views of the team, and Girardi went on to win a World Series managing the Yankees while the Marlins have been flopping around .500 ever since.  Again this time if the Marlins and Logan Morrison can't put this situation behind them, it is going to be Morrsion not the Front Office who will come out a winner.  Morrison in 156 career games is a .264 hitter with 19 home runs, 78 RBI, and 83 runs... plenty of teams will be on the phone with the Marlins trying to acquire him.  Meanwhile the Marlins would be left with another hole to fill in their line up and one of the major cornerstones that they were hoping to build around gone.

So again to sum up, while I understand while the Marlins Front Office felt a need to do something to Logan Morrison (and to be fair in just about any job if you put down a coworker, management, don't show up to a mandatory work event, and your performances has been slipping the last few months, your employer would punish you in some way), what they ended up deciding on was way to harsh and the team is wrong in this situation.  I just hope that in some way the relationship between the two is fixable and that they can get past this current situation.

bcastaldo2000@gmail.com (BC Castaldo) August Tue, 16 Aug 2011 00:58:58 +0000
Marlins Option Logan Morrison to Triple-A http://marlinsbigcatch.com/2011-articles/august/marlins-option-logan-morrison-to-triple-a.html http://marlinsbigcatch.com/2011-articles/august/marlins-option-logan-morrison-to-triple-a.html Logan_MorrisonThe Florida Marlins made some big moves following their 3-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants on Saturday.  The Marlins have decided to option Logan Morrison to Triple-A New Orleans and release veteran infielder Wes Helms. 

Morrison is hitting .249 with 17 home runs, 60 RBI, and 40 runs.  LoMo got off to a hot start for the Marlins early this season, but has seen his batting average drop each month of the season, even with him hitting .279 in August.  The news of the demotion was a surprise to Marlins fans and also Logan Morrison himself.  Morrison said that he was heartbroken and disappointed when he learned the news, but he was a lso frustrated because the team did not give him a real reason as to why he was being demoted.  Manager Jack McKeon simply said to the media that "We're going to bring up a couple of other guys and look at them."

The Move is similar to what the Marlins tried to do to Chris Coghlan earlier this year before Coghlan decided to instead go on the DL.  However at the time, Coghlan was struggling much worse from the plate than LoMo is currently.

The other big news was that the Marlins have released veteran Wes Helms.  While Wes was also surprised by the news, he says that he understood the move.  "I'm hitting .190 and I didn't play a lot lately. It was tough to have timing out there, and when you're pinch-hitting you've got to have timing, and I just didn't have it."  Wes Helms in 110 at bats in 2011 is just hitting .191 with six RBI, 10 runs, and no home runs.  Helms was very gracious while leaving, thanking the organization for giving him a chance in 2006 and for sticking with him until now.

The Marlins have yet to announce who will be replacing Helms and Morrison on the Marlins roster.  Also the Marlins decision to release Helms may also mean that the team will be looking into bringing back Greg Dobbs in the off-season to take over Helms pitch hitting role next year.

bcastaldo2000@gmail.com (BC Castaldo) August Sun, 14 Aug 2011 12:37:01 +0000
The Seaon may Not be Over, but its Over http://marlinsbigcatch.com/2011-articles/august/the-seaon-may-not-be-over-but-its-over.html http://marlinsbigcatch.com/2011-articles/august/the-seaon-may-not-be-over-but-its-over.html With the Marlins falling seven games under .500 and Hanley Ramirez making another trip to the disapled list, it is time to admit that the season is over for the Marlins, and it is time to look towards 2012.  With 45 games left the Marlins are 22 games behind the Phillies in the NL East and 13.5 behind the Braves  for the NL wild-card.  Essentially the Marlins will need to win almost all their games the rest of the way while Chris Coghlan, Josh Johnson, Omar Infante, and Hanley Ramirez are all on the DL, so that will not happen.

Marlins Front Office will keep the same stance that they had at the trade deadline, they do not want to do any move that will take away form the teams ability to win in 2011.  The front office wants to try and build momentum before going to new stadium.  Just like then, I think that it is a crazy and stupid idea.  Football season is about to start, a sub-.500 Marlins is going to be pushed to the back burner and any real chance to build a momentum of fan support for next year is gone.  At this point the Marlins need to focus on 2012 and that may include shutting down Josh Johnson (and that official news could be coming any day now) and Hanley Ramirez.  As for Infante and Coghlan, Infante will not be with the Marlins next year so he it is no big deal if he wants to play or not when his broken finger heals.  I tend to believe that he will be back for the last few weeks of the season.  As for Chris Coghlan, the Marlins just really need him to get healthy more so than anything else.

Right now the Marlins just need to get threw the rest of this month before spring call ups when guys like Matt Dominguez and Alex Sanabia would be brought up.  Both of those two players will essentially be auditioning this September to try and win starting jobs that will be open next spring.  In 2012 the Marlins will be looking to fill wholes at second base, third base, center field, and maybe two starting pitcher roles.  Two of the three everyday positions will be filled by Chris Coghlan and Emilio Bonifacio, it is just not clear which spot they will fill.  Chris Coghlan was expected to be the Marlins starting center fielder and while he looked okay in the position before getting hurt, he did rise threw the Marlins organization as a second baseman.  The Marlins need to figure out right now whether he is going to be a center fielder or second baseman for the team in 2012, because if he is able to come back and play in September it would be pointless to have him play one position now if he is going to play a different one in the spring.  Bonifacio, on the other hand, is such a good utility player that while the Marlins will have him in the everyday lineup in 2012, where he will play will be determined by how Chris Coghlan and Matt Dominguez play, and what the Marlins do in free agency.

Meanwile the Marlins will be looking for pitchers to start behind Josh Johnson, Anibal Sanchez, and Ricky Nolasco.  Javier Vazquez has pitched very well in the second half of the season, but I would be shocked if the Marlins decide to bring him back in 2012.  The Marlins other starter in 2011, Chris Volstad, was just recalled from Triple-A New Orleans after three disappointing starts in the minors.  These next eight or so start for Volstad could be his final opportunity to show that he is worth the Marlins sticking with.  If he is disappointing then don't be surprised if the Marlins trade him this off-season.   

The two other Marlins auditioning for starting jobs next year will be Clay Henlsey and Alex Sanabia.  While Hensley has not been bad as a starter for the Marlins since taking the role, he also has not been that impressive either.  I believe that he has more value as an eighth inning set man more that a starter.  Sanabia on the other hand, who should be up in September if he is fully back from his injury, has the best chance to take over a starter role next year.  He was pretty good when he came up at the end of 2010 season, and I beleive he would have been up in the rotation this year no later than June had he not been suffering from an injury most of the season.  Marlins fans may ask about Brad Hand who has seen a good number of starts in 2011, but if you have seen those starts you can see he needs another year or so in the minor leagues to fine tune things before he can be considered as a full time starter for the then Miami Marlins.

bcastaldo2000@gmail.com (BC Castaldo) August Fri, 12 Aug 2011 19:36:12 +0000
Why are the Marlins so bad at home? http://marlinsbigcatch.com/2011-articles/august/why-are-the-marlins-so-bad-at-home.html http://marlinsbigcatch.com/2011-articles/august/why-are-the-marlins-so-bad-at-home.html After being swept by the Cardinal and then the Braves the Florida Marlins are now 0-7 on this home stand with a night off tonight before facing the San Francisco Giants for three games to end this current home stand.  After these past seven games the Marlins have turned from a team that just struggles on at home for some reason to now having the second worst home record in all of baseball, 23-37, only behind the Houston Astros.  However, unlike the Astros who are just plain horrible this year, the Marlins are actually a good team on the road.  The Marlins this year are 32-25 on the road in 2011, only the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies have better road records, and both those teams are 20+ games over .500. 

Most fans would be quick to point out that well maybe the team does poorly after rain delays, or that the Marlins hit in a pitcher ball park, or that the Marlins play in a stadium that is mostly empty and has no real life to it during the game.  I'd give credence that that last argument the most.  So far this year the Marlins have not had to deal with much rain at home outside of this past week.  In fact this summer their have been very few rain delays at Sun Life Stadium this summer compared to last several years, and all of the Marlins games that have been postponed have been road games so far.  As for the team playing in a pitchers park, while that may seem to be the case from the outside looking in, but when you look at the numbers that has not been the case.  Looking at the batting statistics, there is nothing that you can really point to as being a reason for the difference in the wins and losses between home and away.  Yes, Dobbs, Infante and Morrison have all done significantly better while on the road, but that can just as easily be canceled out by the drop in performance by Stanton, Buck and Bonifacio.  However, when you check out the pitching numbers, just about everyone other that Chris Volstad and Josh Johnson has pitched significantly better on the road as opposed to at home (Clay Hensley's numbers include both starts and relief appearances).

Home Batting
Player Avg OBP SO HR RBI R
Bonifacio .299 .500 50 0 9 28
Stanton .285 .393 62 12 33 31
Dobbs .273 .325 35 1 10 12
Sanchez .273 .349 37 10 35 31
Ramirez .244 .314 30 5 20 22
Morrison .237 .325 38 8 28 16
Buck .273 .361 43 7 26 19
Infante .257 .316 23 1 20 20
Road Batting
Player Avg OBP SO HR RBI R
Bonifacio .277 .347 37 2 9 30
Stanton .238 .296 64 13 36 29
Dobbs .321 .353 25 4 25 17
Sanchez .278 .364 39 6 27 25
Ramirez .242 .349 36 5 25 33
Morrison .258 .347 40 9 31 23
Buck .182 .270 35 0 6 14
Infante .299 .332 22 2 14 18
Home Pitching
Player Win Loss ERA WHIP SO BB
Johnson 2 0 1.34 0.80 31 9
Nolasco 2 4 4.03 1.42 70 21
Sanchez 3 3 4.14 1.23 89 16
Vazquez 3 6 5.58 1.75 45 23
Volstad 3 5 5.21 1.42 46 18
Hand 1 3 4.30 1.26 15 12
Hensley 0 1 5.32 1.82 13 17
Road Pitching
Player Win Loss ERA WHIP SO BB
Johnson 1 1 2.03 1.20 25 11
Nolasco 6 4 3.67 1.30 43 15
Sanchez 3 3 3.84 1.38 64 26
Vazquez 4 3 4.17 1.22 49 21
Volstad 2 3 5.96 1.60 28 16
Hand 0 1 3.78 1.80 9 13
Hensley 1 3 3.50 1.00 9 5












If the numbers were reversed, home versus away, you could easily explain the difference in stats as the team being out of its comfort zone on the road.  However for the Marlins to be pitching worse in their home stadium, their really is no explanation for that.  It is hotter and more humid in Miami than is some other stadiums that the Marlins may play in on the road, but that should be an advantage as the players are used to that heat, rather than a disadvantage.  The only other real explanation is that their is a lack of atmosphere and excitement at Sun Life Stadium when compared to others in baseball.  Players on this team have mentioned how they are able to feed off the crowd when they are on the road, and that atmosphere is just not there in the Marlins home ball park.  Is that a good enough reason to explain the way that this team has continued to lose games at ome this year? No, its not.  However that seems to be the only tangable reason for the difference.  The only other possible reason would just be that the stadium is cursed.  After all the Miami Dolphins last year were 1-8 at home and 6-2 on the road playing in the same stadium.  Lets just hope that with this season all but over, in terms of playoff chances, the curse does not follow the Fish to the new stadium next all.

bcastaldo2000@gmail.com (BC Castaldo) August Thu, 11 Aug 2011 16:38:00 +0000
Marlins Bring Back Amezaga http://marlinsbigcatch.com/2011-articles/august/marlins-bring-back-amezaga.html http://marlinsbigcatch.com/2011-articles/august/marlins-bring-back-amezaga.html Amezaga_G1The Marlins were living high after their two wins in New York that finally got the team back to .500, but things have not gone their way since then.  After Wednesday's game in New York was cancelled the Fish came home for a four game series against the the St. Louis Cardinals, and it has a been a bad three game stretch thus far.  Not only have the Marlins lost the first three games of the series to the Cardinals, but they have also been without Hanley Ramirez, but Omar Infante broke a finger on his throwing hand in the first game of the series and Mike Cameron also injured himself in the second game of the series.  Even with Cameron back in the linup for the Marlins for Sunday's game the team is streched very thin in the infield.

The Marlins made the choice to bring up Joe Thurston on Friday after Omar Infante was placed on the 15-day DL, but his run in the Majors only lasted one day after that night the Marlins traded for Jesus Merchan to the Rockies for Alfredo Amezaga.  Amezaga was a fan favorite and a great bench utility player for the Marlins from 2006-09, but since has been playing mostly in the Minor Leagues in the Dodgers and Rockies Organizations.  He had been playing in Triple-A Colorado Springs where he had been starting at second base and was hitting .305 with four home runs and 41 RBI in 67 game.  Amezaga also played 20 game for the Rockies this year and hit .242 with two RBI.

In his first two games back with the Marlins, Alfredo has been the Marlins starting second baseman.  He went just 1-4 in his first game back, and should remain the at second base for the Marlins until Hanley Ramirez's shoulder feels better and he returns to the lineup.  Once Hanley returns in a few days Amezaga will probably return to the bench and play a type of utility position that people though Emilio Bonifacio would play this season.

bcastaldo2000@gmail.com (Brian Castaldo) August Sun, 07 Aug 2011 18:23:28 +0000
Marlins Lose Series Opener and Omar Infante http://marlinsbigcatch.com/2011-articles/august/marlins-lose-home-opener-and-omar-infante.html http://marlinsbigcatch.com/2011-articles/august/marlins-lose-home-opener-and-omar-infante.html After going 6-2 on their road trip to finally get back to the .500 mark, the Marlins came home to South Florida got a rude welcoming from the visiting St. Louis Cardinals.  The Cardinals scored three runs in the first inning thanks to a Matt Holliday home run.  The Marlins were able to rally in the bottom of the inning to tie it up, but Clay Hensley just did not have his control tonight and gave up another three runs in the third.  Hensley ended up going just 2.1 innings gicing up six runs on three hits, three walks, and two hit by pitch.  The Cardinals were able to cap off their scoring with a Albert Pujols home run in the fourth to give the Cardinals a 7-3 lead and they would go on to win 7-4.

However maybe the bigger loss for the Marlins is Omar Infante, who left the game in the sixth with a broken right middle finger.  The injury occurred while diving for a Skip Shumaker ground ball in the third inning.  I will be the first to admit that I have not been the biggest supporter of Infante since the Marlins traded Dan Uggla for him, but like Javier Vazquez he has drastically improved since the All-Star break.  In the first half of the season he hit .251 with one home run and 25 runs scored, but since he has turned into the player the Marlins traded for batting .389 with two home runs and 12 runs scored.  Tonight alone before his injury Infate had been 3-3 with a run and raised his batting average to .279.

No official word yet as to how long he will be out, but with the injury happening to his right middle finger and Infante being a right handed thrower and batter he could miss a few weeks.  I'd expect Infante to be placed on the 15-day DL and for the Marlins to call up Ozzie Martinez to take his spot, but we will have to wait for official word.

bcastaldo2000@gmail.com (BC Castaldo) August Fri, 05 Aug 2011 02:29:03 +0000