Miami Marlins Meltdown: Six Takeaways From Atlanta
By Rob Isbitts
2. Tayron Guerrero was obviously flustered…but can you blame him?
Tayron is a brand-new Major Leaguer, and unlike guys like Nick Wittgren and Drew Steckenrider, he has not built up enough innings to be ready for a situation like this. In fact, when those two relief pitchers were put in high-pressure situations as rookies last season, they often had similar results. Tayron was a logical choice to start the ninth inning with a five-run lead, with Ziegler available just in case. But I wonder if Ziegler is being treated too carefully, given his age and payroll obligation. After all, we have heard that the team tries to keep him on a very strict, consistent regimen. They only expect him to pitch in the ninth inning, so he can go about a repeatable routine every time. Today, that forced his entry into a game that looked like it might be closer as the late innings approached.