Marlins Today

July 19, 2009 2:16 AM

Game #92: Marlins vs Phillies

Land Shark Stadium - 7:10 PM - Ricky Nolasco vs Cole Hamels


The Marlins lost in 12 innings on Friday night but the bulk of the blame should not be placed on the players. It should be placed on the manager. After the Fish battled back from a 4-0 deficit to tie, Fredi Gonzalez made the call to intentionally walk a .583 OPS with RISP to get to a 1.068 OPS with RISP. Jayson Werth singled, plating Chase Utley, the eventual winning run giving the Phillies the first two games of this four game series.

Fredi Gonzalez - Ordered for Paul Bako to be walked with two men on and Jayson Werth on deck. On top of the fact that Werth is eons better with RISP, pitchers get out of an inning without allowing a run with a runner on second and two outs 65% of the time. With a runner on first and second, a run scores 12% more of the time. Decisions like this make me think about Jeff Conine as the Marlins' skipper and this isn't the first time I've thought about it this year.

Ricky Nolasco: 6 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 K - Had an a typical Nolasco night through four innings, struggling in the first and second, dominating in the third, then struggling some more in the fourth. However, he turned his night around with a great fifth inning and lasted at least six innings for a fifth straight outing. Unfortunately, over his last two outings, Nolasco has also stayed consistent in the amount of runs he's given up. In his last twelve innings, he's given up 11 runs. However, in both of those starts he's pitched better than his line suggested. The good news is that Nolasco's next start will come against the worst hitting team in the league, the San Diego Padres so it will be a great opportunity to gain the rest of his confidence back and maybe pick up some confidence on the road as well. Nolasco has been dismal on the road this year, going 2-4 with a 6.99 ERA.

Ronny Paulino: 3-5, 3 R, RBI, BB - Broke out of an 0-13 streak in a big way. Singled in the 2nd, smacked a rare double down the right field line and scored in the 7th, and singled again, plating the Marlins' third run and came around to score on a Wes Helms double to tie the game in the 8th. Looking at his game logs, this seems to be Paulino's calling card: a good week, a bad week, wash, rinse, repeat. Before his 0-13, he went 9-30. Before that, he went 4-16. Before that, he went 10-24. As a backup catcher, The Marlins could do a lot worse.  

Emilio Bonifacio: 1-6 - Getting a first look at him at his natural position, second base (Dan Uggla was out of the lineup because he is 3-35 in his career vs Hamels), Bonifacio looked very out of sorts. Gaby Sanchez is due up from AAA next season. He brings a lot of potential offensively but on defense, he's about the caliber of Miguel Cabrera. I shudder when i think of the error totals an infield with both him and Bonifacio on it would look like in the E column. Unfortunately, the front office is that deeply in love with the idea of Bonifacio as an every day player.

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