Marlins-Nationals Live Blog!

Hey everyone (all three of you)! The live blog is delayed as I procure dinner, so I’ll be missing the first inning or so, but I’ll be back in by 8 pm!

8:01: …and I jump in and we’re up 4-2, and John Baker just tags one the other way for a home run as soon as I turn it on. 6-2 Fish!

8:04: The broadcast just showed two guys in all red suits and red and white wigs. One guy was downing a Budweiser right through it. Weird, but awesome. Waltz and Tommy loved it.

8:07: Apparently Cameron Maybin hit a triple. Hope that stroke continues.

8:09: And then Maybin hits a long fly, looked like it had a shot, but it was warning track blast.

8:12: Nice K by Sean West to start the inning. Justin Maxwell had no idea about his breaking ball.

8:15: Ryan Zimmerman with a huge triple. Sigh.

8:17: Ugly play off a hard hit ball. West missed a defensive play there, but it would have been hard.

8:18: Then Josh Willingham CRUSHES a pitch. West, you’re not helping. YOU’RE NOT HELPING!

8:21: Here’s a thought: stop stupidly giving things up. Four pitch walk, wild pitch. You’re killing me, Sean.

8:26: No more West tonight. Gee, thanks Sean.

8:31: Burke Badenhop in to replace West. Craig Mintervini does a piece on Chris Coghlan, saying that he’s an average left fielder now. Uh, I don’t think so. I’ve watched, he’s looked not so great. And he’s -7 last I checked by UZR. Not so much.

8:35: Good 1-2-3 inning by the Hopper.

8:40: Tommy, let’s cut the analogies, OK? I think we can all get how baseball works. To be fair, at least it was somewhat reasonable.

8:42: Let’s not praise people for getting outs, no matter how “productive” they are.

8:56: Shame we lost that inning after getting a run off a Baker single. But if Badenhop can get an easy two innings, I’ll be OK.

8:59: Sloppy play, as Tommy said. That error is killer.

9:02: Huge K by the Hopper. One more out.

9:06: Johnson with the diving stop, Hopper the cover, great play and we escape the inning.

9:12: Nice, got a little inning going. I wish Coghlan could show some more of that speed that he shows taking an extra base. Wonder what his EqBRR are this year.

9:16: Couple base hits, and we score twice on the inning. Of late the team’s had its share of long innings and rallies, I doubt that that’s going to be sustainable.

9:27: Looks like they like Brian Sanches in the 7th inning as a high leverage guy; you’d think they’d put the best reliever in those situations, but hey, to each his own.

9:35: Hutton just threw out a joke about one of the guys in the broadcast department about going to Quiznos on the Labor Day off. Waltz was a little too amused.

9:45: Adam Dunn should have been dealt to a contending team. There’s no need for Dunn to be there to take up space on this bad team.

9:50: That should have ended the inning. That’s Maybin’s ball to get, his fault.

9:51: The Gold Glove voters would really think about whether they’d vote for Cody Ross for Gold Glove at all. He’s average in center, but let’s not be ridiculous, Tommy.

9:54: Kiko Calero looked good against the first two, got a bit unlucky in the last three. He could’ve gotten that high pitch that walked Elijah Duke, they’d been calling that a strike a good deal of the night.

9:58: Huge K by Calero. We escape again.

10:23: They were line drives but Matt Lindstrom still can’t catch a break BABIP wise.

10:25: There’s my point again. Lindstrom got the grounder, it wasn’t terribly hard hit, but they’re really hitting it where he ain’t all the time. He really needs to strike more guys out.

10:28: Renyel Pinto shouldn’t be pitching in “rather important spots.” Ugh. Cross your fingers, folks.

10:28: Wow, Dunn swung at three changeups breaking right into the dirt. From one of the more selective guys in the game, I was surprised.

10:41: They’re sending Leo Nunez for what seems like his 30th three-run save. Someone stop Fredi, please.

10:43: Did Hutton just say that Pinto had control of his changeup and got them over? Dunn swung at three changes more or less in the dirt. I think that K was on Dunn, not Pinto.

10:45: Nunez has been replacement level. He’s not been great. He’s allowed homers, some of which you probably expect to go down, but he’s been that guy for some time, outside of last year. And let’s not forget, a .254 BABIP and a slightly inflated 81.4% strand rate. He’s gotten a bit lucky.

10:51: After really sweating it out this ninth inning, Nunez finally completes the “save” and we mercifully end this dreadfully long game. Marlins win! Huzzah! Hope you guys enjoyed this, I’ll try to do it from time to time and give a little bit more warning.

Topics: Miami Marlins, Washington Nationals

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  • JoeA

    Love the way the team is hitting after the Hanley/Uggla incident. Doubt it really had any effect but happy to see a few wins nonetheless. I still can’t figure out how Fredi sets the lineup. Does he just pull the names out of a hat and bat them in that order? Actually that might work better. Noticed that after Maybin was killing fastballs last night we batted him 8th. Doesn’t make any sense. At least he didn’t bat one of the “gritty” guys 2nd, 3rd, or 4th tonight. And thank God the Bonfacio experiment seems to be over. Anyway, hate to complain after a win. Go Fish!

  • michaeljong

    JoeA,

    Welcome to the Marlin Maniac comments section! I absolutely agree with everything you’re saying, particularly about the “gritty ones.” The lineup optimization piece I had earlier has more hate on Fredi’s lineup strategies, which are absolutely terrible.

    Having Maybin bat second is probably bad, and with the way Fredi likes to bury Ross in the lineup despite him being our fourth best hitter, it’s hard to put Maybin anywhere other than eighth. It’s a shame, we’ll have to find a spot for him. Damn pitchers hitting…

  • JoeA

    At least if he bats 8th tonight JJ can protect him!

    Michael, do you think, considering his improved bat(.341 wOBA) and plus glove we should find more playing time for Brett Carroll? I think a defensive alignment of Cody LF, Maybin CF, BC RF, NJ 1B, Coughlin 2B, Hanley SS, Uggla 3B, Baker C, could help our pitchers quite a bit. It doesn’t seem to me that it would hurt us too much offensively either.

  • michaeljong

    JoeA,

    I’d give a thought to using Carroll, but that .341 wOBA is like a mirage. ZiPS projects a .313 wOBA the rest of the way, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s somewhere along the lines of .320. Moving him in to replace Hermida would not be a terrible move; if Brett even approaches being a +10 fielder in the corners, and he’s a -5 run hitter, he can be close to an average player in the corner outfield, which is more than I can say for Hermida. However, replacing Cantu may be a bit too much, especially with Uggla not getting a Spring Training’s worth of third base training. I’d try it next year, not this year.

    But I like your thinking JoeA, and it’s something I would love to see tried, whether Nick Johnson is here or not next year. I’ll have to start thinking about that question too.

  • fishcrazy

    I’m assuming you saw today’s abomination. Do you have any idea why Kiko hasn’t been tried at closer? Is it because he’s too valuable in middle relief, or that there’s some issue with his stuff that doesn’t lend itself to closing?

    Would it even matter if this team made the playoffs? They couldn’t hold a lead anyway.

  • michaeljong

    Fishcrazy,

    I did not see today’s game in its entirety, but I did see the debacle of a ninth inning. I’ve been saying all along that Nunez isn’t the guy we want pitching the high leverage innings.

    Then again, I don’t know if anyone is on this team. I’m not sure why they won’t try Kiko, but they seem hesitant to throw him out there anytime past the seventh. It seems like Fredi’s pidgeonholed him into that inning. He does walk a few too many guys, and I do expect him to give up a few more home runs by season’s end since he is a flyball pitcher when the ball gets in play. But he strikes out a ton and I’d say even with some regression he’s probably better than Nunez/Lindstrom.

    I don’t think it’s an issue of valuable middle relief so much that Fredi doesn’t think he’s a ninth inning guy. Kind of like how Fredi thinks Pinto is an eighth inning guy when he’s not.

    BTW, Calero is averaging a leverage index of 1.18 when entering the game and 0.98 in general. Nunez, 1.52 and 1.55 respectively. Something’s not right.

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