Marlins Today

July 25, 2009 12:33 AM

Game #96: Marlins @ Padres

PETCO Park - 3:30 PM - Ricky Nolasco vs Josh Geer


For Ricky Nolasco, a start against the worst hitting team in baseball couldn't have come at a better time. After two rough outings, he struck out ten Padres on Sunday afternoon and, backed by two homers from left handed hitters, picked up his seventh win as the Marlins swept San Diego with a 5-0 victory.

Ricky Nolasco: 6.1 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 10 K - Had he pitched like this against virtually any other team in the league going right after every hitter except one (Adrian Gonzalez), he probably would not have lasted more than three innings. however, because he did it against the Padres, who are hitting a league worst .230, it worked like a charm. throwing 65% of his pitches for strikes, Nolasco struck out 10. The only problem with his approach was that since he was offering up such pretty hitter's pitches, even San Diego was able to get part of their bats on them and fouled off 16% of his offerings. This forced Nolasco to throw an average of four pitches to each hitter and forced him out of the game after just 6.1 innings. It was an easy night for Nolasco as he only threw 39 non-fastballs and couldn't have come at a better time for his confidence as he had given up 11 runs in his two starts previous. However, only lasting a third of an inning longer than he did in both of those starts did little for my confidence, especially considering his next start comes against the Atlanta Braves, a team that has always given him headaches (.317 BAA, 5.18 ERA) and a team that is red hot right now, having won eight of their last eleven.

Chris Coghlan: 2-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, K - Yesterday, I said he needs to learn how to adjust to hitting with men on base. Hitting a two run homer on the first pitch he sees wasn't exactly what i had in mind but I'll take it. His 9th inning shot gave him his second straight multi-hit performance, the first time he's reached that feat since almost exactly a month ago. The break looks to have done Coghlan some good so far. in his last six games, Coghlan has six hits and three RBIs, his best stretch since the end an eight hit one from June 21 to June 27.

John Baker: 2-4, R - Also recorded his second straight multi-hit game. For this guy, the break couldn't have come at a worse time as he was mashing before it. Fortunately, it hasn't phased him as he's come out of it still hitting everything in sight. After the worst month of his career in June, he's having a career best start to his month of July. That stretch has helped him push his wFB (runs above average when he sees the fastball) up to 4.9, third best on the team. However, he's only seeing it 59.9% of the time and is only seeing pitches inside the strike zone 48% of the time in the eight hole. up in the two spot, Chris Coghlan sees the fastball 65.5% of the time and sees pitches inside the strike zone 52% of the time. Coghlan is hitting .208/.263/.340/.603 this month. Baker is hitting .372/.400/.558/.958. However, at least Coghlan takes more pitches than the league average hitter and walks at the top of the order. On the other hand, Emilio Bonifacio swings at 30% of the pitches out of the zone that he sees (league average is 25%) and has an OPS worse than Micah Owings and Carlos Zambrano. He's leading off. Fredi Gonzalez makes so much sense it hurts. 

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