It would be nice to say that not much has gone as expected for the Miami Marlins this season, but the truth is that expectations were very low coming into the year. No objective observer can honestly say that they are surprised that the team’s record stands at 4-15. However, I am certain not a single person would have believed that it would have taken until the 19th game of the season for Giancarlo Stanton to deliver his first RBI. By the way, it came not on a prodigious home run deep into the outfield seats, but instead on an opposite field ground ball single through an over shifted infield. Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post had caught up with Stanton to discuss his RBI drought:
Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton knows exactly how much he has struggled to drive in runs this season.
Despite losing, 3-2, to the Reds in 13 innings on Saturday, the Marlins’ bullpen was borderline dominant.
Juan Pierre was blunt about his performance Saturday. “The ugliest day of the season,” Pierre said after going 0 for 6, striking out three time for the second straight day, missing a fly ball in left, and failing to drop down a critical bunt in the fourth.
It’s a good thing for the Marlins that their series with the Reds is in Cincinnati this weekend. Otherwise, Justin Ruggiano’s game-winning home run off Reds closer Aroldis Chapman on Friday night might not have cleared the fence.
Although at the time it seemed like a minor deal that would provide Miami’s minor league affiliates with some outfield depth, the Marlins trading for Justin Ruggiano last season has continued to make the organization look good.
Here at Marlin Maniac:
As usual, the Marlins’ bats had difficulty getting warmed up on Saturday afternoon in Cincinnati. The bullpen, however, was hot until the bottom of the 13th inning, when closer Steve Cishek allowed the Reds to walk off with the win.
Injuries and poor performance has kept the charter between New Orleans and Miami busy early in the season. John Maine was the latest roster causality for the Miami Marlins. The team decided to designate Maine for assignment after he was lit up by Cincinnati Red bats last night. Tom Koehler was called up to take Maine’s spot.
Another display of top-drawer pitching set the stage for a win if the Marlins could plate a couple of runs. For the fourth time this season, the bats came through. Kevin Slowey, Chad Qualls, Mike Dunn, and Steve Cishek held the Reds to one run and five hits. Newcomer Nick Green made a splash by going 3-4 on the night, but the icing came from Justin Ruggiano’s fourth bomb of the season, off of the deadly Aroldis Chapman.
I promise that one day I will have more good than bad and ugly, and it will happen before the season is over, but that day is not today. Welcome to another edition of the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Marlins Recap. If you don’t want to read a lot of ugly, skip this article. Here is the quick recap— The Good: we score 6 runs, The Bad: we lost 10-6, The Ugly: the bottom of the 7th. Here is the full recap.