Fish Bites

Links galore for today. Analyses of things coming soon, I promise.

- First off, tonight’s Game 2 between the Marlins and Phillies. Ricky Nolasco to start for the Marlins opposite ace Cole Hamels for the Phillies. Hamels has struggled his last few starts while Ricky, aside from the ugly outing in Arizona, has looked brilliant. Let’s get that game back tonight.

- R.J. Anderson over at FanGraphs has some favorable comps for Hanley Ramirez. There was a bit of talk about how good Hanley would be if/when he has to move off of short to either third base or center field. I doubt that this will be something Marlins fans will have to worry about anytime soon. Hanley isn’t the best defender at short, but he’s the best hitter right now by a mile, and as Anderson points out, may go down as the second best in history.

- Ethan J. Skolnick has a nice piece on the invaluable Cody Ross. Here’s the most fun part:

Marlins fans find him entertaining enough to grant him a chant, one of only three South Florida athletes so honored. Panthers’ “David Bo-o-o-o-o-th!” The Heat’s “MV3″ for Dwyane Wade. And “Cody, Cody, Cody!”

I might be a guy who works more with stats, but that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy a good chant. I love Cody chants, and they should keep on coming. He’s been worth 7.4 WAR this season and the last two years combined, playing primarily at a premium position. I’m very happy to have Cody as an everyday outfielder for us.

- JCR asks whether the Fish can go 44-28 to finish with a division title. Based on different playoff predictors, the likelyhood is no, but often the predictors underestimate the Marlins production. The key is to get Emilio Bonifacio and possibly Jeremy Hermida out of the lineup, at least more consistently (I’d like Bonifacio out permanently, Hermida playing at around the amount of games he’s playing now). The Marlins are going to need Gaby Sanchez at some point, and we might as well see if he can’t play in the big leagues now, as he’s already 26 and isn’t getting any younger/better most likely.

- Finally, Sky Kalkman over BtB talks about Roy Halladay’s fair value and the fair value of Roy Halladay with Vernon Wells. Halladay is some $23.3M in benefit over his current contract, but with Wells? Well, allow Sky to talk about it himself.

Sky’s Tip of the Day: If you’re a major league baseball general manager and anyone from the Blue Jays front office calls you up and even mentions the name Vernon Wells, immediately hang up, unplug your phone, announce a code Dunn over the PA, and organize the entire building’s retreat into the sub-basement biodome where you won’t come out until after 2014. (Don’t forget the Twinkies.)

Yikes, that’s one bad contract.

Topics: Beyond The Box Score, Cody Ross, Emilio Bonifacio, Gaby Sanchez, Hanley Ramirez, Jeremy Hermida, Miami Marlins, Philadelphia Phillies, Roy Halladay, Sky Kalkman, Vernon Wells

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  • BigBoynBroward

    Yes please bring Gaby up already and find out what he can do….as it doesn’t seem that the front office will be seeking a bat…..

    One thing I love about being a fan of a small market team like the Fish, is that while we can’t always just acquire the best players whenever we feel like it, as least we can’t make mistakes of the magnitude of Vernon Wells’ contract.

  • Josh

    Anyone notice that the Aflac trivia was wrong? Pete Rose was NOT the only Phillies to steal 2nd, 3rd, and home – Jayson Werth did it vs the LA dodgers on may 13, 2009!

  • Adam

    So close to tying the game in the last inning. That wild pitch was inches away from going out of play, which would have resulted in Hermida being sent home.

  • http://www.miamisportsgeneration.com Miami Sports Generation

    Hey Mike,

    It’s a bit off topic, but what do you think about the Marlins stadium groundbreaking? What does it mean to you? I’m going around asking different people about their thoughts on it.

    Best,
    David V.

  • michaeljong

    David,

    I don’t do a whole lot of talking about the stadium, but I am a bit torn about it. I mention here often how it has been a terrible deal for South Florida, but at the same time, as a fan, I can’t help but be happy to see the team finally get a new stadium. It’s a shame it had to be done in such a shady way and in a way that is going to hurt Miami-Dade for as long as it will, let alone for how much it costs.