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July 21, 2009 2:56 AM

Game #93: Marlins vs Phillies

Land Shark Stadium - 1:10 PM - Andrew Miller vs J.A. Happ

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If you don't do certain things, you can't expect to win ballgames. Those things include three of the things the Marlins didn't do on Sunday: score with the bases loaded and no outs, score with a runner on third and no outs, and get good starting pitching. Andrew Miller lasted just 2.2 innings, giving up four runs and the offense stranded 11 runners on base in the loss, the Marlins' fifth in their last six games. Over that span, they've scored a grand total of seven runs and hit a whopping .206.

Andrew Miller: 2.2 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 4 BB - Loaded the bases in each of his first two innings. Both times he did it he had some bad luck including two bloop hits and an error but that's no excuse to walk two, hit a guy in the back, give up a rope down the right field line, and throw a pick off throw away, all with two outs. Before doing it for the second time he did it, he got the first two outs and had the pitcher at the plate. The sad reality is that thanks to all the tinkering he has endured and all the changes he's undergone and the early callup he got in Detroit, Miller is not and never will be the Randy Johnson-esque ace he was projected to be when his major league career started. That doesn't mean he can't turn into a decent 3-5 guy but not without some more time in the minors. If the Marlins are still serious about making a run this season, Miller needs to be the first to go and be replaced with Burke Badenhop. Even though Chris Volstad hasn't been great either, the team can live with him and he's proven much more at this level than Miller has.

Brett Carroll: 1-3, 2 K - About the only offensive highlight on the day was his triple in the 2nd. However, he also struck out twice and stranded four runners. He wasn't the only one to leave a runner on base. Seven of the nine starters stranded at least one. Since last season, hitting coach Jim Pressley's first season as hitting coach, the Marlins as a team have struggled to manufacture runs, struggled to adapt to soft-tossing lefties, and have been in the bottom ten in the league in strikeouts, OBP, and OPS, issues that far and away override the fact that the Marlins set a team record for home runs in a season last year. If Bill Robinson can be fired, Pressley not only could be but should be as well. What's Rickey Henderson doing these days?

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