Marlins Today

July 6, 2009 12:32 AM

Game #82: Marlins vs Pirates

Land Shark Stadium - 7:10 PM - Andrew Miller vs Zach Duke


The last time Andrew Miller faced the Pirates, he gave up four runs in just 4.1 innings. This time, he fared much better, posting a quality start and pitching into the 7th while picking up the win in the Marlins' 5-3 win over Pittsburgh on the 4th of July, their first win against them in seven games.

Andrew Miller: 6.2 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, BB, 4 K - His seasonal splits say he has a 4.63 ERA in innings 1-3 and a 3.46 ERA in innings 4-6 and that through pitches 1-25, he has a .254/.338/.365/.703 line against but through pitches 26-50, that line is .225/.276/.338/.614. he was nearly perfect through his first three tonight, giving up just one walk before giving up his first hit, a homer, in the 5th. He allowed a second run in the 6th when Delwyn Young singled to knock in Andrew McCutchen, who had singled and gotten to second on a fielder's choice, scored. At 89 pitches and in a two run game, he was left in to hit with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 6th. After giving up a homer and two more singles, he was yanked before he could finish the 7th. Masterful call, Fredi. Miller has performed decently in his last six starts, lasting an average of six frames with an ERA right around league average but he's still looking for that one clutch quick inning late in the game that allows him to make a bid for his first career complete game (he has a .371/.463/.571/.1.035 line against in the 6th, .429/.455/.810/1.264 line against in the 7th) as six of the last 13 runs he's given up have come after the 5th inning.

Emilio Bonifacio: 4-4, 2 R - Lost his hit streak last night but didn't let that phase him as he bunted for a single twice in his first three abs. Over 60% of the time he's bunted this year, he's reached safely. however, he made a bad decision on the basepaths when he was thrown out trying to take third with a left handed hitter at the plate (meaning the catcher had a clear shot at him) and only one out. Run expectancy with a runner on third and one out is 0.983. With a runner on second and one out, it's 0.725. Surely between Boni's speed and Hanley Ramirez's bat, they could have made up for that 0.258. He took care of that getting to third stuff in his next AB though, tripling down the right field line. In his last 11 games, Bonifacio is hitting .333, has only struck out seven times, walked three times and stolen six bases. Over that span, he has raised his OPS from .579 to .609. The infatuation the front office has with this guy and the fact that he will continue to start at third base is still unfortunate considering the caliber of utility player he could be (a faster Alfredo Amezaga) but the way he's played lately is making that a little easier to live with.

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