And just like that, rocks are on the horizon.
The Miami Marlins dropped yesterday’s finale against the New York Mets despite some more Giancarlo Stanton fireworks, all thanks to another lackluster effort from embattled start Justin Nicolino, losing 4-2 Wednesday afternoon at Citi Field. That makes it three straight non-winning series since the emotional high of triumphing over the Cubs just over a week ago, making winning at least two out of three against the lowly Cincinnati Reds this weekend pretty much a must as the Fish head into the All-Star break.
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Stanton was the big story, putting up a mutli-HR game for the second day in a row. Unfortunately, Wilmer Flores hit two blasts of his own off Nicolino, who was chased after just four innings of work. Per some intrepid analysis from Marlins radio analyst Glenn Geffner, Nicolino has managed to go nine consecutive starts without completing the 6th inning. And that’s just not acceptable for a team that wants its bullpen to survive into August, let alone October. Four innings of scoreless bullpen magic kept Miami in the game once Nicolino was sent to the showers, but a 1 for 8 day with RISP did precious little to pull the Fish back into it. They’ll look to rebound behind their ace Friday night in Miami.
And now we Stat Wrap:
- Giancarlo Stanton hit two more homers, moving into the team lead.
- That’s 19 this season, and a mere 200 for his career.
- Seven consecutive Marlins RBIs have been knocked in by Stanton.
- The Marlins outhit the Mets 33-23 overall, and in every game of the series.
- J.T. Realmuto failed to extend his consecutive hit streak, going 0 for 4.
- Justin Nicolino has allowed 4 ER or more in four straight starts.
- Nicolino has now appeared in the same number of games he did in 2015.
- What IS different is his ERA- it’s 1.56 (ummm ERA points?) higher than last year.
- Don Kelly went 0 for 3 in first appearance of 2016.