Marlins Today

June 21, 2009 12:15 AM

Game #69: Marlins vs Yankees

Land Shark Stadium - 7:10 PM - Sean West vs Andy Pettitte


For the third time this year, a Marlins starter struggled through the worst start of his career as Sean West gave up ten hits and five runs in just four innings. Florida fell to the Yankees, 5-1 in the first game of a three game series.

Sean West: 4 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 7 K - Left almost every pitch up which allowed the leadoff man to reach and come around to score in each of the first two innings. He was lucky enough to get the inning ending double play ball in the first but nowhere near as fortunate in the his three run 2nd as he was giving up RBIs to the likes of Andy Pettitte. The Yankees went 6/9 their first time through the order and 9 for their first 17 overall and had a baserunner in each of West's innings. West went on to fall behind in the count against five of his next six hitters. After giving up a Melky Cabrera homer in the third and allowing his first two men to reach in the 5th, he was pulled, failing to do what two Nationals pitchers just did: last five innings against the Yankees. In his defense though, this was by far the biggest crowd he's pitched in front of and against the Yankees so anxiety was definitely playing a role. As a result, he gets my benefit of the doubt this time. However, if West wants to stick around in the big league rotation this year, he needs to cut down on baserunners. Since his arrival in the majors, he's given up an average of nine per game.

Renyel Pinto: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, BB, K - Spared West's era of two more runs by coming in with two men in scoring position and no outs and retiring the side. this was a nice bounce back performance for pinto who had given up runs in each of his last three starts and blew two saves.

Cody Ross: 1-3, RBI, R - Capitalized on the only mistake Pettitte made all night, homering for his fourth time this month and snapping a bit of a dry spell. He was 1 for his last 9 coming into tonight.

Wes Helms: 0-4, 2 K - In the two hole despite hitting just .143 (.091 before last night) this year and .111 for his career. also has one of the worst K/BBs on the team. Meanwhile, down in the six hole, Ronny Paulino has a 24/12 K/BB and a .373 OBP.

Dan Uggla: 0-3, 2 K - Pettitte was overmatching almost everyone but he was especially overmatching this guy. Uggla has had some awful ABs lately and his stats prove it. He's just 6 for his last 36 with one RBI and a 5/2 K/BB. Over that span, he has swung at nearly 60% of the pitches he's seen and his OPS has dropped 40 points from .792 to .752. After a good start to June in terms of plate presence, Uggla's OBP is slowly coming back down to where it was at the beginning of the month.

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