2012 Archives http://marlinsbigcatch.com/table/2012-articles/ Tue, 23 May 2017 20:43:15 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Will the Marlins Make a Trade at the Deadline? http://marlinsbigcatch.com/2012-articles/july/will-the-marlins-make-a-trade-at-the-deadline.html http://marlinsbigcatch.com/2012-articles/july/will-the-marlins-make-a-trade-at-the-deadline.html With the Aug. 1 trading deadline fast approaching, the Marlins are in an all-out drive to pull off a deal for a starting pitcher.

Whether they’re successful remains to be seen.

“It’s hard to tell because there’s so few options,” said Michael Hill, the Marlins’ president of baseball operations, on whether he thinks he can complete a deal before the deadline.

Hill would prefer the Marlins acquire a No. 3 starter via a trade, a quality arm and not just some innings-eater. But this year’s talent pool is thin, and what few pitchers being made available are in high demand. It’s a seller’s, not a buyer’s, market. Still, the Marlins are going to have to put together a deal somehow if they want to defy the odds and claim the division. The best sportsbook has them as a long shot to claim the NL East.

But the upcoming free agent pitching class isn’t particularly notable.

Complicating matters for the Marlins is that their farm system isn’t exactly brimming with top prospects other teams would covet in a trade. The Marlins lack trade assets, relatively speaking, that they could use to broker a deal.

As a result, sources said other teams are countering the Marlins’ trade offers with demands they give up players off their major-league roster, something Hill is loathe to do.

In particular, sources said, other teams constantly ask about outfielder Christian Yelich and catcher J.T. Realmuto. The Marlins have no desire to trade either.

“They’re justified in asking for major league productive pieces, but we’re trying to add,” Hill said. “We’re not trying to create another hole somewhere else. We’re trying to add to our current inventory at the major league level, and not take away from that.”

The Marlins have been connected to close to a dozen names — Jeremy Hellickson, Matt Moore, Rich Hill, Michael Pineda, Jake Odorizzi, Chris Archer, Andrew Cashner and others — but the list of candidates is longer than that.

“The list is vast and every name that you see out there we’re following,” Hill said. “We have them prioritized as to who’s at the top of the wish list. We know who we’d like to get. That doesn’t mean they’re available.”

Hill said he is in daily contact with the team’s pro scouting staff, as well as owner Jeffrey Loria, who is deeply involved in trade matters.

“We haven’t been this close in a long time, and this club, as I’ve said, is ready to win,” Hill said of the Marlins, who are playing their best baseball in years. “So if the opportunity presents itself, I think we’re going to do everything in our power to make it happen.”

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bloguin@bloguin.com (Rich Dyson) July Wed, 20 Jul 2016 20:05:38 +0000
Marlins Win, Tie Last June's Win Total http://marlinsbigcatch.com/2012-articles/june/tie-last-junes-win-total.html http://marlinsbigcatch.com/2012-articles/june/tie-last-junes-win-total.html With the Marlins 9-0 win today over the Toronto Blue Jays, Miami ends a six game losing streak and tie their win total from last June.  It is quite amazing the turnaround the Marlins have gone threw in a matter of weeks.  The Marlins were the best team in the big leagues in May, then the calender turned to June and just like last year the Fish have fallen on their faces and have been playing like on of the worst teams in Major League Baseball history.  Last year the Marlins finished off June with only 5 wins in the month, and this year with 5 games to go the Marlins are 5-16.

The Marlins offense had been hit or miss the first two games of the year, and while the Marlins have scored 30 runs in the last seven games, they averaged 1.73 runs per game in the previous 15.  Couple that with the fact that the two factors that really carried the Marlins in the first two months of their year (their starting pitching and base running) has been just as bad as their hitting this month.  With the exception of Heath Bell and Josh Johnson, no pitcher on the Marlins roster who has pitched more than 3 innings this month  has an ERA under 5.  Buehrle, Zambrano, Anibal and Nolasco were all dominant with ERAs in no higher than the 3.40 for most of April and May, but this month going into Sunday Anibal has a 8.06 ERA, Buehrle is at 5.48, Nolasco is at 7.66, and Zambrano is at 7.94.  The only good starter has been Josh Johnson, who after a slow start is just now hitting his stride.  In June JJ is 1-2 with a 2.18 ERA with 20 strike outs.

The Marlins were also the top base stealing team in the big leagues through the first two months of the season.  A large part of that had to do with Emilo Bonifacio, who was a base stealing machine before getting hurt, but with him out of the lineup the Marlins have turned into an average base running team.  This month the Marlins have a total of six stolen bases and have been caught stealing three times (all three times by Justin Ruggiano).  Of course a big part of the Marlins in ability to steal bases has to do with the team's inability to get on base.

In the month of June the Marlins have a total of four players hitting over .260 including pitcher Carlos Zambrano who is 2 for 4.  Jose Reyes is the only everyday player who is hitting consistently at .284, with the other two players being Justin Ruggiano (batting .359 in 39 at basts) and Donovan Solano (batting .320 in 25 at bats).  However in the last week the Marlins seem to have turned things around a bit scoring 30 runs in the last seven games and getting back to back quality starts from Johnson and Buehrle.  The Marlins have seen improvement from the plate in the last week with Omar Infante who after some major stuggles to start the month batting hit .400 , Dobbs has several big hits Sunday and is batting .286, and Logan Morrison and Giancarlo Stanton both hitting a pair of home runs.

The one real good story to come from the Marlins this month has to be Justin Ruggiano, who like Donovan Solano, has proven to be a very valuable and productive player.  At about this time Ruggiano was playing in Triple-A in the Astros organization, then the Marlins decided they needed help in the outfield after Bonifacio went down so they traded for him.  Since joining the Marlins, Justin Ruggiano has had 40 major league at bats and he is hitting .350 with two home runs, six RBI, two double, a triple, and has made some outstanding defensive plays.  No doubt that if he keeps this up he will stay in the on the big league roster when Bonifacio is ready to return after the All-Star break.  With Ruggiano, Solano, Kearns, and Dobbs the Marlins will have one of the top benches in the major leagues, which will be a huge asset if the team can turn this season around.

After Hanley Ramirez called a team meeting after Saturday's loss, the Marlins played inspired on Sunday to get the 9-0 win.  Hopefully that inspired play will continue Monday as the team starts a three game series against the St. Louis Cardinals.

  • Monday 7:10pm at Marlins Park- Ricky Nolasco (6-6) vs Jake Westbrook (6-6)
  • Tuesday 7:10pm at Marlins Park- Carlos Zambrano (4-5) vs Kyle Loshe (6-2)
  • Wednesday 7:10pm at Marlins Park- Anibal Sanchez (3-6) vs Joe Kelly (1-0)
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bcastaldo2000@gmail.com (BC Castaldo) June Sat, 23 Jun 2012 20:57:17 +0000
Marlins take 2 of 3 in Philadelphia http://marlinsbigcatch.com/2012-articles/may/marlins-take-2-of-3-in-philadelphia.html http://marlinsbigcatch.com/2012-articles/may/marlins-take-2-of-3-in-philadelphia.html 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)
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bcastaldo2000@gmail.com (BC Castaldo) May Sun, 03 Jun 2012 21:09:06 +0000
Jose Ceda to have Tommy John Surgery http://marlinsbigcatch.com/2012-articles/march/jose-ceda-to-have-tommy-john-surgery.html http://marlinsbigcatch.com/2012-articles/march/jose-ceda-to-have-tommy-john-surgery.html News came out yesterday that Jose Ceda would not be with the Marlins on Opening Day as he was diagnosed with an elbow strain, but the news got worse today as it is being reported now that Ceda is going to have Tommy John surgery on April 3rd.  This leaves a pretty good sized whole in the Marlins bullpen that while talented lacks a lot of depth in terms of bringing up guys from the farm system to replace them.  Ceda played extremely well in the minors last season and worked his way up to a big league roster spot in the middle of the season he struck out 21 and held opponents to a .211 batting average in 20 1/3 innings.  With the rest of the bullpen seeming secure (Heath Bell, Steve Cishek, Randy Choate, Mike Dunn, Ryan Webb, Edward Mujica, Wade LeBlanc) their are five pitchers that are believed to be in contention for Ceda's spot; Chad Gaudin, Rob Delaney, Gary Glover,Robert Ray, and Beau Jones.  Personally I believe the two front runners for the sport are Robert Ray (4 2/3IP, 1H, 1W, 9K this Spring) and Chad Gaudin (14 1/3IP, 2ER, 2R, 11H, 6BB, 11K).  Gaudin was originally in camp as someone who was trying to make the team as a long reliever, but after the way that Wade LeBlanc has pitched this spring, their is little doubt that that job is his.  Both these pitchers are right handed and if I had to guess I'd say that Ray is probably going to be the one who gets the job, unless the Marlins are able to pick up another reliever that some teams has decided to let go of.

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bcastaldo2000@gmail.com (BC Castaldo) March Thu, 29 Mar 2012 20:42:32 +0000
Cespedes will not be on The Franchise http://marlinsbigcatch.com/2012-articles/january/cespedes-will-not-be-on-the-franchise.html http://marlinsbigcatch.com/2012-articles/january/cespedes-will-not-be-on-the-franchise.html Just like with Albert Pujols the Marlins have lost out on one of their free agent targets to a team that was off the radar, as Yoenis Cespedes signed with the Oakland Athletics for a four year deal worth $36 million.  The Marlins were the only that Cespedes actually visited and the team offered him the same amount of money as the Athletics, but it was over six years not four.  The Oakland Athletics were not on the short list of teams (Chicago White Sox, Chicago Cubs, Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Indians, and Baltimore Orioles) that were supposedly be in on Cespedes.  With Yoenis Cespedes off the market the Marlins should be done with trying to add to the team and will just start to get ready for Spring Training with Emilio Bonifacio penciled in as the starter in center field and Chris Coghlan with be the back up with a chance to win the starting spot if he is healthy.

News has also come out that the Marlins will be featured this year on the Showtime television show The Franchise, baseball's version of Hard Knocks.  Camera crews will be following the Marlins around during spring training as the team tries to adjust their team as they incorporate off season additions Jose Reyes, Heath Bell, Mark Buehrle, Carlos Zambrano, and manager Ozzie Guillen.  The show had a successful first season last year as they followed the San Fransisco Giants, and this year the show could be a must watch considering some of the  personalities on this team, especially Heath Bell, Logan Morrison, and Ozzie Guillen.

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bcastaldo2000@gmail.com (BC Castaldo) January Tue, 14 Feb 2012 17:07:15 +0000
Looking at the Marlins at the All-Star Break http://marlinsbigcatch.com/2012-articles/july/marlins-at-th-break.html http://marlinsbigcatch.com/2012-articles/july/marlins-at-th-break.html After an off season that saw the Marlins really open up their check book for the first time in signing Mark Buehrle, Heath Bell, and Jose Reyes and then trade for Carlos Zambrano, their were a lot of high hopes for the newly renamed Miami Marlins.  However, with the new stadium, new uniforms, new name, and new players have combined to give the Marlins a disappointing 41-44 first half.  A team that many had predicted to go to the playoffs, compete for an NL East title and possibly make a run to the World Series now sits in fourth place in the NL East and is five games back of the second Wild Card spot.

The take out the Marlins superb play in May, where they won a franchise record 21 games in the month, the team has been a disappointment at just about every position.  The left side of the Marlins infield has 2 of the last 4 NL batting champions in Hanley Ramirez and Jose Reyes, but they are hitting .248 and .264 right now.  The Marlins had to make a trade for Carlos Lee because after being the Marlins best player to start the year last year, Gaby Sanchez has completely fallen apart in the last year and struggled to get his batting average above .200 this year.  John Buck has turned out to be just what I thought a year and a half ago when they signed him, a one hit wonder.  While people he is a decent defensive catcher and he does seem to work well with the pitching rotation, the Marlins signed him to a 3 year $18 million deal because of the year he had in Toronto in 2010 when he hit .281 with 20 home runs.  While he is good for a home run here and there, Buck is hitting just .176 this year and batted .227 last year.  The Marlins have also struggled with injuries as well with Emilio Bonifacio, who was leading MLB in stolen bases, has been out for about a month and a half with a thumb injury and now that he is set to come back on Friday, Giancarlo Stanton went down with a knee injury causing him to pull out of the Home Run Derby, the All-Star Game, and miss the next 4-6 weeks.

Despite leading the ;league in quality starts, and were the only team to only 5 different starting pitchers in the first half of the season the Marlins also have had their struggles on the pitching mound as well.  Mark Buehrle being the only starter having an ERA under 4, and only Ricky Nolasco has a above .500 record by going 8-6 in baseball's first half.  Hard to believe that a month a go this was arguably the best pitching staff in MLB with only Josh Johnson having an ERA above 4.  Then in the bullpen, which was actually a strength of the Marlins last year, fans are actually clambering for Juan Carlos Oviedo (better known as Leo Nunez) to return to the big leagues as the bullpen has been a disaster.  Of the relievers who have pitched more than 5 inning so far this year, only Steve Chisek and Randy Choate have ERA's under 4.40 (Chisek is 2.17 and Choate is 2.45).  Heath Bell has probably been the biggest disaster of all with 6 of the Marlins 13 blown saves (Marlins are 5th in MLB in total blown saves) and while hs does have 19 other saves, he has a 6.75 ERA and admitted that he is personally responsible for 10 of the Marlins losses this year.

However it is not all bad for the Marlins, they have gotten great play from Omar Infante, Giancarlo Stanton, Justin Ruggiano, and reserve players Greg Dobbs and Donovan Solano.  Just looking at the numbers, Omar Infante may have seen a drop in his numbers the last month but he is still batting .290 with 7 home runs, 30 RBI, and 8 stolen bases.  Giancarlo Stanton was the one selected member to go to the All-Star game because of the monster numbers he was starting to accumulate with a .284 average, 19 home run and 50 RBI, and one would have expected that Carlos Lee would have been great protection for Stanton in the lineup to start the 2nd half of the season until Stanton got hurt.  Then of course the biggest surprise has to be that of Justin Ruggiano.  A minor lleague outfielder in the Astros organization that the Marlins traded for after Emilio Bonifacio went down, has bated .390 with 6 home runs and 17 RBI.  The only minor silver lining to come out of the fact that Stanton went down the same time that Bonifacio is coming back off the DL is that this means that Ruggiano will still be able to get consistent starts.  With Carlos Lee being in the last year of his contract, if Ruggiano continues to perform their is a chance he could be the left fielder from the Marlins next year and the Marlins would move Logan Morrison to first base.

 

Miami Marlins first half ranking--

  • Batting:  1st in Stolen Bases, 20th in Home Runs, 22nd in Slugging %, 24th in On Base %, 25th in Batting Average, 26th in Runs
  • Pitching: 1st in Quality Starts, 5th in Blown Saves, 11th in Saves 20th in ERA, 21st in Wins, 27th in Strike Outs
  • Fielding: 9th most errors, 19th in Fielding %

The Marlins come back form the All-Star break with a chance to cut into the 9 game deficit in the division with a four game series versus the Natioanls in Miami.

  • Friday 7:10 at Marlins Park: Josh Johnson (5-5) vs Jordan Zimmerman (5-6)
  • Saturday 7:10 at Marlins Park: Mark Buehrle (8-8) vs Gio Gonzalez (12-3)
  • Sunday 1:10 at Marlins Park: Ricky Nolasco (8-6) vs Stephen Strasburg (9-4)
  • Monday 7:10 at Marlins Park: Carlos Zambrano (4-7) vs Edwin Jackson (5-4)
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bcastaldo2000@gmail.com (BC Castaldo) July Wed, 11 Jul 2012 14:15:54 +0000
Marlins' June Struggles Continue http://marlinsbigcatch.com/2012-articles/june/june-struggles-continue.html http://marlinsbigcatch.com/2012-articles/june/june-struggles-continue.html After one of the worst Junes in MLB history in 2011, the Marlins were hoping not see a repeat performance of that 5 win month once again this year, and while the month got off to a good start it has quickly reverted back to the team that played in June of 2012.  The Marlins started the month by going 2-1 in Philadelphia and taking a share of first place in the NL East, the Marlins have come home and laid an egg at Marlins Park.  First the team got swept by Atlanta in a series where the Marlins were out scored 21-3 and followed it up by getting again being swept in dominant fashion by the in state rival Rays.

The Marlins did struggle to open the season in April, their struggles then could be attributed to players getting off to slow starts at the plate and Heath Bell's early struggles.  The last six games, with the exception of one good start by Josh Johnson against the Braves, it has been a complete failure for the Marlins.  They have not had good starting pitching, they have not hit well with runners in scoring position, and they just can't score.  In 5 of the 6 games Marlins starters have given up an average of 4.6 runs while the offense is just scoring 1.67 runs per game.  In total in the home stand the Marlins thus far have been outscored 45-10, they are 5 for 50 with RISP, and Hanley Ramirez is 1-18 in six games.

The Marlins have made a few roster moves the last few days.  First they optioned Dan Jennings down to Triple-A and have called up RHP Sandy Rosario.  After a couple of poor starts the Marlins needed fresh arms for their bullpen and Rosario has worked in both the games the Marlins have played since being promoted.  The Marlins also called up Gaby Sanchez on Sunday, where he also started, and sent Donnie Murphy back down.  In 19 games in New Orleans Gaby hit .310 with 3 home runs and 10 RBI.  He said that during his time in Triple-A he "Figured out a couple little things. Nothing too major. It was just going down there and playing, getting repetition."  In his first game back he got an RBI double off of James Sheild in the 7th to score the Marlins first run.

The Marlins now finish off their 9 game home stand with three games against the Boston Red Sox.

  • Monday 7:10 at Marlins Park:  Josh Johnson (3-4) vs. Josh Beckett (4-6)
  • Tuesday 7:10 at Marlins Park:  Mark Buehrle (5-6) vs. Clay Buchholz (6-3)
  • Wednesday 7:10 at Marlins Park:  Ricky Nolasco (6-4) vs Felix Doubront (6-3)
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bcastaldo2000@gmail.com (BC Castaldo) June Sun, 10 Jun 2012 18:43:35 +0000
Marlins Finish Off Historic May with Sweep of Nationals http://marlinsbigcatch.com/2012-articles/may/historic-may.html http://marlinsbigcatch.com/2012-articles/may/historic-may.html The Marlins sweep of the first place Washington Nationals seems like a fitting end to what had been a historic months for the Miami Marlins.  After a disappointing April in which they went 8-14, the Marlins set a team record with 21 win in the month of May.  The Marlins went 21-8 in the month, a month where they only had 2 days off including today, and now find themselves at 29-22; just a half a game behind the Nationals in the NL East and 3.5 games behind the Dodgers for the best record in baseball.  

It is actually hard to believe that the could be as successful as they were when you factor in Austin Kearns and Emilio Bonifacio getting put on the DL, Gaby Sanchez getting sent down to AAA, Infante missing a few games, a significant drop off in productivity from Logan Morrison (batted .310 in April and .176 in May), and the fact that the team played 29 games in 30 days.  However for everything that could have gone wrong a lot went right.  Outside of a couple poor starts from Ricky Nolasco before the got career win number 69 (Marlins team record), the Marlins starting pitching continues to be outstanding.  Zambrano, Anibal, and Bolasco all had ERA's under 3.20 and Josh Johnson although he had a 4.41 ERA for the month he really started to turn things around in his last four starts.  Even Heath Bell who had a rocky month with a blown save and needing to be pulled twice in the ninth against San Francisco despite inheriting a three run each game.  Bell was still a lot better in May than June with 8 saves and 2 win, including a save in each game of the teams sweep of the Nationals.

The Marlins really did struggle from the plate in April and at times again in May, but many of the Marlins saw significant spikes in their batting averages this month.  In the month of May Hanley Ramirez batted .322, Jose Reyes hit .297, and before he got hurt Austin Kearns hit .519 in 27 plate appearance.  The biggest most important improvements were by Jose Reyes and Hanley Ramirez as Reyes raised his average from .220 to .265 and Hanley raised his average from .207 to .275.  Of course for Hanley Ramerez one of the best things that could have happened was the 10 game home stand because right now Hanley is only hitting .182 on the road and .366 at home.  If the Marlins wish to be successful they need these two to be successful.  Also it needs to be mentioned that Omar Infante continues to have a outstanding season.  While his power numbers dipped in May, Infante continued to stay hot hitting .314 after batting .323 in April. 

However the biggest story of the month had to be Giancarlo Stanton and what he did from the plate.  Just like the Marlins, Stanton had a disappointing April in which he just hit one home run, but he caught fire when the calender turned to May.  This month Stanton tied the Marlins record for home runs in May with 12 and the record for RBI in a month with 30.  However maybe the most surprising thing is Stanton, who most people believe to be a .260-.275 batter, hit .343 in May and lifted his 2012 batting average to .304.  With out a doubt the highlight of the month and possible could be the highlight of the year was the grand slam Stanton hit off of Jamie Moyer that hit the scoreboard in left field and temporarily knocked out several light panels.

The Marlins now head into June a month last year that for all intensive purposes ended their season.  They went 5-23 last year, a record so bad it would be hard to duplicate even if the Marlins tried.  More likely the Marlins after a disappointing April and amazing May will fall somewhere right in the middle this year.  With 26 games against teams like Tampa (6 games), Boston (6 games), Philadelphia (5 games), Toronto, St. Louis, and Atlanta the Marlins will not have an easy path ahead.

The Marlins now travel to Philadelphia for a three game series versus the hobbled Phillies starting on Friday.

  • Friday at 7:05 in Philadelphia:  Mark Buehrle (5-4) vs Kyle Kendrick (1-4)
  • Saturday at 4:05 in Philadelphia:  Ricky Nolasco (5-3) vs Cole Hamels (8-1)
  • Sunday at 1:35 in Philadelphia: Carlos Zambrano (3-3) vs Joe Blanton (4-5)
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bcastaldo2000@gmail.com (Brian Castaldo) May Thu, 31 May 2012 14:54:00 +0000
Marlins Fall Flat After Saturday's Walk Off http://marlinsbigcatch.com/2012-articles/april/marlins-fall-flat-after-saturdays-walk-off.html http://marlinsbigcatch.com/2012-articles/april/marlins-fall-flat-after-saturdays-walk-off.html After the great come from behind win on Saturday night, everyone was wondering if that could spark the Marlins offense and start to turn the season around.  Two days later it is pretty safe to say the answer is no.  The Marlins not only dropped the next two games against the Dimondbacks, they were hardly competitive in either game.  In the two games the Marlins were trailing the Diamondbacks 8-0 and 7-0 respectively before the Marlins put any runs on the boards.  Of course if that was not embarrassing enough, the Marlins two ace pitchers were out dueled by D-Backs pitchers making their second and first career starts respectively.

The previous seven games going into Sunday the Marlins had lost 6 of the 7 games, but the one thing they all had in common was that the Marlins had good starting pitching.  In all 7 games the Marlins starter went at least 6 innings giving up only two runs, however on Sunday Josh Johnson gave up 5 runs in 5 1/3 innings and on Monday Buehrle gave up seven runs (only four earned) in 5 innings.  Meanwhile in his second career start Wade Miley gave up just one unearned run in 6 1/3 innings and was flirting with a perfect game into the fourth inning.  Then on Monday in his first career start, Patrick Corbin gave up three runs in 5 1/3 innings.  Of course then to add insult to injury for the Marlins, Heath Bell came into the game on Monday after the Fish had fought their way back into the game at 7-5 and gave up two runs in the ninth.  Bell now was a 10.80 ERA and a 2.70 WHIP this year for the Marlins.

It is two bad because the Marlins have been better the last two games.  After a stretch where the Marlins scored 6 runs in 6 games, the Marlins scored 9 runs in the previous two games.  On Sunday finally ended his homer less streaking hitting his first of the season in the ninth inning.  Then on Monday, both Donnie Murphy and Austin Kearns hit their second home runs of the season.  The Marlins ended April with their second lowest team batting average in team history for the first month of the season with an average of .228.  However in the last three games the Marlins have totaled 24 hits.  So hopefully they are starting to turn things around.

The Marlins did make some moves following their loss on Sunday.  The Marlins sent OF Chris Coghlan and RP Mike Dunn down the Triple-A New Orleans and have called up OF Bryan Petersen and Dan Jennings.  Coghlan and Dunn have both really struggled in the last two weeks.  Coghlan's batting average has dropped down to .118 while Dunn's ERA has risen to 9.53.

The Marlins are now flying out to San Francisco for a nine game road trip starting Tuesday.

  • Tuesday at 10:15 in San Francisco: Ricky Nolasco (2-0) vs Matt Cain (1-1)
  • Wednesday at 10:15 in San Francisco: Carlos Zambrano (0-2) vs Barry Zito (1-0)
  • Thursday at 3:45 in San Francisco: Anibal Sanchez (1-0) vs Ryan Vogelsong (0-9
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bcastaldo2000@gmail.com (BC Castaldo) April Tue, 01 May 2012 00:38:28 +0000
Marlins Make Moves to Finalize Opening Day Roster http://marlinsbigcatch.com/2012-articles/march/marlins-make-moves-to-finalize-opening-day-roster.html http://marlinsbigcatch.com/2012-articles/march/marlins-make-moves-to-finalize-opening-day-roster.html Today the Marlins have made a series of moves that have just about ended all discussions on who will be on the teams 25 man roster on April 4th.  Today the Marlins finally released Aaron Rowand who had struggled all spring from the plate (I've pretty much said 2 weeks ago that he was not going to make the team).  Some in the Marlins organization were hoping to see some signs of life from his bat the past week, but when that didn't happen the team decided to scratch him from today's lineup and give him his release.  The Marlins have also optioned Bryan Petersen down to Triple-A New Orleans when he will join Scott Cousins who was sent down a couple off days ago.  Also being re assigned to minor league camps were RHP J.D Martin and middle infielder Nick Green (who struggled just as much at the plate this spring as Rowand.  These moves mean that most likely both Chris Coghlan and Austin Kearns will be on the Marlins bench come their home opener versus the St. Louis Cardinals.  One of the final battle that is still up for contention is the backup infielder spot which is a grudge match now between Donovan Solano and Donnie Murphy, who is hitting his stride as Spring Training is coming to a close.  Like I said Monday, I'd give the edge in this match up to Donnie Murphy, but Solano could be a real assist to the team if any injuries accrue to Reyes, Infante, or Ramirez.  The other has just recently cropped up is for the final bullpen spot now that Jose Ceda is going to start the year on the DL with shoulder soreness, but he could be gone for the whole year.  That spot is in contention between Rob Delaney, Gary Glover, Robert Ray, Beau Jones, and Cad Gaudin.  Right now I'd say the two front runners are Ray and Gaudin, who was though to be more of a long man relieve coming into camp but has done a good job when called upon this spring in just pitching an inning.  So come April 4th look for the Marlins roster to look something like this:

  1. Jose Reyes, SS
  2. Emilio Bonifacio, CF
  3. Hanley Ramirez, 3B
  4. Giancarlo Stanton, RF
  5. Gaby Sanchez, 1B
  6. Logan Morrison, LF
  7. John Buck, C
  8. Omar Infante, 2B
  • Brett Hayes
  • Chris Coghlan
  • Austin Kerns
  • Greg Dobbs
  • Donnie Murphy
  1. Josh Johnson, RHP
  2. Mark Buehrle, LHP
  3. Anibal Sanchez, RHP
  4. Ricky Nolasco, RHP
  5. Carlos Zambrano, RHP
  • Heath Bell, RHP (Closer)
  • Steve Cishek, RHP
  • Randy Choate, LHP
  • Mike Dunn, LHP
  • Ryan Webb, RHP
  • Edward Mujica, RHP
  • Wade LeBlanc, LHP
  • Robert Ray, RHP
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bcastaldo2000@gmail.com (BC Castaldo) March Thu, 29 Mar 2012 20:09:25 +0000