Marlins Today

June 23, 2009 11:19 PM

Game #71: Marlins vs Yankees

Land Shark Stadium - 7:10 PM - Chris Volstad vs CC Sabathia


Chris Volstad's recent struggles ended a bit sooner than expected on Sunday night as he posted a quality start against the .272/.352/.470 Yankees. He was backed by home runs by Hanley Ramirez and Cody Ross as the Marlins took the series from New York with a 6-5 win.

Wes Helms: 1-4, RBI, 3 K - Finally broke an 0-26 streak with RISP with an RBI single in the 1st. However, I still maintained he doesn't belong in the two hole. He spent the rest of the afternoon proving me right, striking out three times.

Brett Carroll: 1-4, K - Finding a very nice stroke, especially against lefties. At one point in the game tonight, he was hitting .300. If the Marlins aren't hitting Ronny Paulino second because they're worried about him slowing Hanley down on the basepaths (which is a very legitimite worry seeing as how Paulino is the slowest man on earth), Carroll, an average speedster, would also be a much better option than Helms. vs LHP: .348/.375/.652/1.027.

Chris Volstad: 6 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, BB, 4 K - Needs to pay a lot more attention to baserunners. Tonight marked the third time this year he's just given a runner a base because he ignored them before the pitch, allowed Derek Jeter to get to third and walk home on a single. Jeter wound up as one of the runs Volstad gave up after getting the first two outs in the 3rd but then not getting a call on a pitch the umpire had until this point been calling a strike and called a strike later and after the Mark Teixeira double, an A-Rod jam shot single. After the three run inning though, Volstad was able to develop his curveball nicely and set down 10 of his last 11. He kept the fifth best offense in baseball off balance all night, proven by the fact that all the runs he gave up were knocked in by hard luck hits. He struck out four, two times as many as he had in his last two starts combined, both 6+ run outings. He still hasn't made it past the 6th inning this month but this was a great bounce back start that could go a long way in getting his feet back under him.

Hanley Ramirez: 1-3, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB - His slugging percentage was getting dangerously close to laughable, especially in the month of June as he hadn't homered since May 23. He fixed that, getting it back up above .400 by homering in the 6th to tie the game.

Jorge Cantu: 2-4, RBI - Drove in runs for a third straight game. This time they actually counted. Officially, they were his first two since June 10 but unofficially, they were his third and fourth in his past four games. Despite having three of those taken away by errors, the one tonight moved him into second place in the National League in clutch RBIs.

Cody Ross: 1-4, R, RBI, 2 K - Put the marlins ahead with a solo blast in the 7th, his fourth in his last nine games. this month, he's slugging .588.

Chris Coghlan: 3-4, 3 R - Went 3-4 and scored three runs to snap an 0-8 streak. For his efforts, he was taken out of a manageable game against the fifth best offense in the game in the 8th. If Fredi didn't want Coghlan in the outfield with the game on the line, why not take the 1-4, 3 K Helms out of the game and put Coghlan at his natural position on the infield? Because that would make too much sense.

Matt Lindstrom: 1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, BB, K - Evidence that a guy is overthrowing? He hits 102 on the radar gun. Lindstrom continued to be a model of inconsistency as after getting the first two outs, he gave up consecutive singles to Jorge Posada and Melky Cabrera and allowed them both to score on a two run triple by Brett Gardner. He walked Johnny Damon before finally getting the twenty-seventh out. Having confidence in this guy when he comes in in a save situation is becoming hard to have. With a bunch of other guys in the bullpen that are easier to rely on and that are more deserving of the 9th inning glory, I don't know how much more of these Gonzalez can defend. If this keeps up, Lindstrom should be placed in the role Kiko Calero was being wasted in before he landed on the dl, in 4+ run situations only.

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