Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Series Preview - Marlins

Miami Marlins
32-33, 3rd in NL East
17-11 on the road
1-9 in last 10 games

Pitching Matchups:
Tuesday, 7:05, Cole Hamels (8-2) v. Chris Volstad (2-6)
Wednesday, (DH) 1:05 & 7:05 Kyle Kendrick (3-4)/Roy Hallady (9-3) v. Dontrelle Willis (0-0)/Anibal Sanchez (6-1)
Thursday, 1:05, Cliff Lee (6-5) v. Javier Vazquez (3-6)

(I have no idea who is throwing for the Fish on Wednesday. And I know Dontrelle Willis isn't even in the organization anymore. I just miss the ol' bastard...)

Marlins Batting:
Runs - 264 (19th)
Avg - .252 (17th)
OBP - .321 (15th)
SLG - .394 (15th)

This team is in quite a funk. Sunday, the Marlins were 0-12 with RISP and had left 92 men on base in the last 10 games (not counting last night's game that was in progress at "press time".) Of course, shouldn't a team that has it's best player on the DL and starts Wes Helms expect to be pitiful on offense? I guess not, because last Wednesday the Fish fired hitting coach John Mallee and hired ESPN analyst Eduardo Perez.

Tuesday we should see the return of All-Star shortstop Hanley Ramirez, who is returning from the DL due to a back injury. Ramirez is expected to be slotting into the leadoff spot. After 180 at-bats this season, Ramirez has put up a paltry line of .210-4-17. Let's hope he doesn't break out of that this week.

The other offensive star for Florida is OF Mike Stanton. After Stanton's first 160 games he has 38 home runs. Only eight players have hit more homers in their first 160 games, including our very own Ryan Howard (43).

Marlins Pitching:
ERA - 3.83 (15th)
WHIP - 1.28 (9th)
BAA - .245 (6th)

No Josh Johnson. The big righty won't be back before July.

The Phils have to face Sanchez (3.01 ERA) but Volstad and Vazquez have been putrid.

Closer Leo Nunez should be back for this series, also. He hasn't pitched since June 5 but nobody noticed because they Fish aren't winning any games.

Look for a few Randy Choate v. Utley/Howard match-ups. Choate has appeared in 26 games but has only pitched 10 innings. Ultimate LOOGY numbers...

Did I mention there's no Josh Johnson?

Prediction:
Phils take 3 of 4 at home.

13 comments:

GM-Carson said...

My WSBGMs phantasy team missed Nunez last week, but he finally appeared in a game last night, pitching a scoreless inning.

I agree with the prediction of 3 outta 4 for the Phightins.

ripjgarcia said...

Dontrelle Willis. AAA for the Reds.

Preserve Jon said...

Totally blew my mind with that Willis reference.

If I had to hazard a guess, and potentially defame myself and this blog. I've been thinking to myself for sometime - although there is no evidence that I know about - that perhaps the D Train was riding on the ole' PED rails.

I think the official line is that he has an anxiety disorder ala Zack Greinke, but to the outside observer his career certainly went off the rails (mid-2006) around the time the MLB insituted steroids testing (2005).

This is purely anecdotal, but I've harbored these suspicions for a while now. He went from brash and brave out there in 2005 (22-10, 2.63) to weak and ineffective (10-15, 5.17) in 2007 to just plain awful (0-2, 9.38) in 2008.

He's still just 29 and tooling around in the minors, but there's definitely something going on there.

I think he went to the same high school as JRoll, did he not? Whenever the Phils played the Marlins in the mid-2000s, I recall FOX playing up that angle. I wonder what he has to say about Dontrelle.

Corey said...

hey, look what happened to rick ankiel. he had to become an outfielder.

it's hard to believe that a pitcher that young and that good (and left handed) could fall so fast and stay down for so long. it is really quite a shame because he was a lot of fun to watch. and he could hit, too.

he was one of my favorite players to watch for a year or two. i've been rooting for him to get back. also, last year i bought a home marlins willis jersey on ebay for like $5. i haven't worn it yet. i'm saving it for twenty years from now...

Preserve Jon said...

Never heard of this malady before, so I can't be sure if it's real or just observational. I would guess that if you took a picture of any pitcher at the perfect moment in their delivery, you would see an "inverted W." This article makes for an interesting read, though.

Also, you would think it would be called "the M."

http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2011/06/the-pitching-technique-thats-threatening-baseballs-young-phenoms/240351/

GM-Carson said...

Freakin' rain delay. Don't let it rattle ya Cole.

Dontrelle Willis was good for baseball. He loved playing the game and it showed. He was a spectacle on the mound, much like Fernando Valenzuela was in the early 80's. I still hold out hope the D-Train can return and at least close out his career on a semi-decent note.

Preserve Jon said...

Wheeler just had an Utgasm.

But, you know what? You go ahead Chris. I'm just as excited as you to see Utley have a swing like that.

Aaron said...

HE'S BACK!!! ITS THE REAL CHASE UTLEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ACSmitty79 said...

Hmmm...starting to hit more consistantly?

Bob D said...

You had me on the Willis pitching Wednesday. I was thinking he was attempting a comeback in Florida

GM-Carson said...

Cole Hamels is awesome. He has become everything that we expected when he was drafted back in the 1st round seasons ago. Enjoy him while he's here ladies and gentlemen.

Fred said...

Howard gets a Howard

GM-Carson said...

Nope, he didn't strikeout. Need a K, E, and HR in the same game.