Last game before the All-Star break is on a Sunday. That can only mean one thing: Welcome to this weeks edition of The Bad, The Ugly, and The Good. Today, since it’s the last game before the All-star break, we are going to mix it up and give the Bad news first. Quick recap- The Bad: We lost; The Ugly: The Pitching; and The Good: We will get to that in the full recap. So let’s jump into the game.
The Marlins lost to the Mets 9-1. This caps off the sweep for the Mets and sends the Marlins into a 4 game losing streak right before the All-star break. What was a big cause of the loss? Well…
The Pitching. Brad Hand started the game off but gave up 3 runs before the end of the 4th inning. He gave up 6 hits and walked 2 while only striking out 1 in 4 innings of pitching. In came Jacob Turner to give up 2 runs on 4 hits in 3 innings, he did strike out 4 so that’s a plus. Then things came unraveled in the 8th with Kevin Gregg loading up the bases and no out and in came Chris Hatcher, who started it off by walking in a run and giving up a single to score another run. He did get a pop out to Ed Lucas but the bases were still loaded. He followed up the pop up with another single to account for all 3 of Gregg’s runs. Hatcher would give up one more run before Sam Dyson came in. Base loaded and 1 out this time for Dyson, who got the next 2 batters out without giving up a run.
I know a lot of you are saying Andy how in the world can you find any good in this game? I’m a die-hard Marlins fan (duh) and look at the big picture and not just one game. Last year in this same spot our record was 35-58. Even with this loss the Marlins are 44-50, 6.5-7.5 (depending on what happens today) games behind 1st in the East (not 18 like last year) and that is a lot better than last year. The Marlins are on the right track and are still poised to make some moves after the All-Star break. I believe they still can put up a great fight the second half of the season.
Enjoy the All-Star break and come back ready to root on our Marlins as they take on the Giants at home on June 18 for a 3 game series. Let’s Go Marlins!