I was dotting my I’s when Jimmy Rollins flied out on the first pitch to left and I was crossing my T’s when Shane Victorino grounded sharply to first for the final out. What looked like yet another comeback win was not to be. Marlins win this one 5-4 to open a three game set against the Phils.
Let’s start with the obvious. Brett Myers reverted to fecal matter tonight. After a series of somewhat respectable starts and then finally a great one last week, Myers let up 5 earned runs in only 5.1 innings pitched. 7 hits, 4 walks, 3 strike outs and 3 home runs.
I was beginning to think he was making progress but who knows? One thing is for sure, this team needs STARTING PITCHING. (ATTN: Pat Gillick and Ruben Amaro Jr., See: reality, attached). Okay, okay, let’s just blame the heat and move on…
Posted in Marlins, NL East, Phillies
Tagged Brett Myers, Doo doo, Hanley Ramirez, Jimmy Rollins, Jorge Cantu, Marlins, Mets, Pat Gillick, Phillies, Rays, Ricky Nolasco, Ruben Amaro Jr., Shane Victorino
Another week has passed and the Florida Marlins are still in first place. We’ve talked again and again about how surprised we are here at NL Beast that the Marlins have continued to overachieve as much as they have so far this season. We’ve said that the Marlins have the pieces to achieve and that they should be a real contender as soon as next year. We’ve said it can’t last this season, and that it’s a nice story until the Phillies, Braves, or Mets step up and regain the top spot in the division.
But every week proves us wrong as the Marlins keep winning. They’ve been criticized for beating up on the bottom of the barrel. Then they sweep the Diamondbacks. Their pitching has been criticized as young and inexperienced. Then Andrew Miller outpitches Brandon Webb. Their offense has been described as resting on Hanley Ramirez. But it is Dan Uggla who is setting the pace not just for Marlins hitters but for Major League Baseball. Make no mistake about it, the Marlins are a dangerous team.
Posted in Braves, Marlins, Mets, Nationals, NL East, Phillies
Tagged Andrew Miller, Brandon Webb, Braves, Dan Uggla, Hanley Ramirez, Marlins, Mets, Nationals, NL East, Phillies
The Marlins Beast of the Week is…
2B Dan Uggla, again. We’ve spent enough time explaining why this former Rule-V draft pick is a Beast (he won the distinction of Beast of the East the last two weeks running), so here are his stats from the last seven days: .333, .417, .905, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 1 SB, 1.321 OPS (ridiculous).
Runners-Up: Jorge Cantu, Kevin Gregg, Andrew Miller
The Marlins least of the week is…
1B Mike Jacobs. Nine strikeouts in 19 at-bats is just not going to cut it. Jacobs’ stats for the week: .158, .158, .158 (is this possible?), 0 HR, 0 RBI, .316 OPS. Jacobs is a crucial bat for the Marlins; he needs to improve for the Fish to stay hot.
Runners-down: Jeremy Hermida, Hanley Ramirez
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Tagged Andrew Miller, Beast of the East, Dan Uggla, Hanley Ramirez, Jeremy Hermida, Jorge Cantu, Kevin Gregg, Least of the East, Marlins, Mike Jacobs, NL East
Marlins rally not enough against Reds
Despite three early homers by Jeremy Hermida, Hanley Ramirez, and Dan Uggla, the Marlins were not able to hold a lead against the Reds. The Reds scored a pair of runs in the fifth and sixth innings to take a 4-3 lead, but Uggla tied it up with a sac-fly in the 7th. In the top bottom of the 7th Taylor Tankersley gave up two 2-run home runs to Jeff Keppinger and Brandon Phillips.
In the top of the 8th the Marlins gave their best effort to tie the game, rallying with two outs. Luis Gonzalez scored two on a single to center and Mike Rabelo knocked in another after an error by Ken Griffey Jr. But that would be all for the Marlins, who left two on base to end the inning. Francisco Cordero notched his sixth save of the season, securing the Aaron Harang‘s first win since April 10th. Tankersley picked up the loss, breaking a 7 game winning streak for the first place Marlins.
Final score: Reds 8-Marlins 7
Braves split double header against Pirates in two lopsided affairs
In game 1, the Pirates shutout the Braves, needing only a Freddy Sanchez bases clearing double in the 3rd to get the job done. Despite 5 walks and 3 fielding errors, Zach Duke let up no runs and only 5 hits in six innings of work to get his second win of the year. Jair Jurrjens only lasted five innings and recorded his third loss of the year. Adam LaRoche knocked a ball out of the park in the 8th inning against Jeff Bennet, icing the win. It was the sixth in a row for the the streakingPirates.
Final Score: Pirates 5-Braves 0
The Pirates would not have as much luck in game 2. Tim Hudson pitched a gem, going 7 innings, allowing no earned runs, only 2 hits, two walks and striking out 5. The only runs the Pirates managed all day was on an error in the first inning Braves first baseman Greg Norton. The Braves shook off their offensive struggles from game 1 and crossed the plate 8 times in the win. Steady hitting throughout the lineup helped the Braves break a three game losing streak; a streak that came right after winning 6 in a row at home.
Final Score: Braves 8-Pirates 1
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Tagged Aaron Harang, Adam LaRoche, Brandon Phillips, Braves, Dan Uggla, Francisco Cordero, Freddy Sanchez, Greg Norton, Hanley Ramirez, Jair Jurrjens, Jeff Bennet, Jeff Keppinger, Jeremy Hermida, Ken Griffey Jr., Luis Gonzalez, Marlins, Mike Rabelo, Pirates, Reds, Taylor Tankersley, Tim Hudson, Zach Duke
Beast: Dan Uggla. Whew! What a week for Uggla. In 21 at bats, he had 9 RBIs, 3 doubles and 3 home runs. He hit .381 over that span and helped lead the marlins to seven straight wins.
Runners Up: Hanley Ramirez, Luis Gonzalez, Matt Treanor
Least: Wes Helms. This guy has had it. He’s hit only .188 on the week and is hitting only .200 for the season. It is the Marlins, but it’s surprising they were willing to take Helms back after his dismal season last year in Philadelphia.
Runners Down: Alfredo Amezaga, Doug Waechter
The Marlins are about to lock their superstar Hanley Ramirez up for the next six years, with a 6-year, $70 million contract that will make him the highest-paid Florida Marlin in history. Obviously, this is a great move for both parties. Hanley is the kind of player to build a team around, and this rapidly developing Marlins team should have great success in the next few years starting with their shortstop.
Marlins 7-Nationals 3 [BEAST-OFF]
Tim Redding never had it for the Nationals, going only 5.1 and giving up 6 runs, 5 earned, walking 4 and striking out 3. He got the loss on the night, and now stands at 4-3 on the year. Luis Gonzalez drove in three runs on the night and Jorge Cantu drove in two. Hanley Ramirez notched his 21st RBI of the year. For the Marlins, Ricky Nolasco was very good, getting the win and surrendering just one run on 4 hits in 6 innings of work, striking out 6 and walking 2. The reliable Doug Waechter was not so good in relief, surrendering two earned runs in two-thirds of an inning of work. But the rest of the fish pen held up. For the Nationals, Wily Mo Peña, Cristian Guzman, and Nick Johnson drove in runs. Ryan Zimmerman went 0-4 with a walk. Elijah Dukes returned to the Nationals, going 0-2 on the night.
Pirates 3-Braves 2
Tom Glavine is still winless after 6 starts, pitching well (7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 2 SO), but getting no run support. Glavine got the no-decision after Freddy Sanchez hit a walk-off single in the ninth off of Jeff Bennett to snap the Braves’ perfect May. Ian Snell pitched well for the Bucs, going 7 full, giving up 1 run on 2 hits, walking 6 and striking out 5. John Grabow picked up his second year of the year for the Pirates. Jeff Francoeur represented the entirety of the Braves’ offense, driving in both runs, one off of Snell and one off of Tyler Yates, who blew the save for Pittsburgh.
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Tagged Braves, Cristian Guzman, Doug Waechter, Elijah Dukes, Freddy Sanchez, Hanley Ramirez, Ian Snell, Jeff Bennett, Jeff Francoeur, John Grabow, Jorge Cantu, Luis Gonzalez, Marlins, Nationals, Nick Johnson, Pirates, Ricky Nolasco, Ryan Zimmerman, Tim Redding, Tom Glavine, Tyler Yates, Wily Mo Peña