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July 7, 2009 2:35 AM

Game #83: Marlins vs Pirates

Land Shark Stadium - 1:30 PM - Ricky Nolasco vs Ross Ohlendorf

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Ricky Nolasco dominated on Sunday afternoon, holding the pirates to just three hits and five baserunners and striking out a seasonal high twelve as the Marlins took the series from Pittsburgh and kept pace with the Phillies for first place in the division.

Ricky Nolasco: 8 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 12 K - How good has this guy been in his last six starts? He's lasted an average of seven innings, posted a 45/7 K/BB, a 1.10 WHIP, and a 1.54 ERA. By comparison, over that same span, Josh Johnson, who was just named to the NL All-Star team, has posted a 33/14 K/BB, a 1.20 WHIP, and a 2.93 ERA. Whatever Nolasco did in his trip to the minors, God bless it.

Jeremy Hermida: 2-4, R, RBI - Had his first two hit game since June 13 which included a triple, his first since April 16. It's good to see him at least starting to hit again as he's broken out of a 2-33 slump by going 4-13 with two walks to start July but at this point, anything he does from here on out will just be attributed to trade value. Looking at the last couple years, it's evident that the organization has had it with Hermida. After being shopped at the break last year, he was on the bench for most of the second half which has historically been better than his first half. This year, he got a look in left field now he's platooning with a guy who came into the season hitting .121 for his career. If a reasonable deal comes along, he'll be gone.

John Baker: 2-4, R, RBI - Collected two more hits, marking the first time since May 24th that he's done so in back-to-back games. So far in July, Baker has a hit and an XBH in each of his three games. However, all three of those games have been at home where, despite his slumping, baker has been very decent this year, hitting .288/.345/.423/.768. It's the road where the team really needs baker to improve. Away from South Florida, he's hitting just .207/.310/.425/.735. these upcoming series against the pitching savvy NL West could determine what the Marlins do about their catching situation at the deadline.

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