Marlins Today

August 8, 2009 12:16 AM

Game #108: Marlins @ Nationals

Nationals Park - 12:35 PM - Chris Volstad vs Craig Stammen


Relievers that were used after Chris Volstad exited after just 4.1 innings on Friday:

Tim Wood
Brian Sanches
Luis Ayala
Brendan Donnelly

Relievers that weren't used:

Matt Lindstrom
Kiko Calero
Dan Meyer
Leo Nunez

Three guesses what the outcome was, even though the Marlins were staked to a 6-0 lead at one point.

Not even going as far as to warm up any of your best relievers while trying to avoid being swept by the second worst team in the league and stay in the race. That's so Carlos Tosca.

Carlos Tosca - Took over managerial duties after Fredi Gonzalez's 7th inning ejection. His first three moves? Insert Emilio Bonifacio, use Luis Ayala for two innings, and Brendan Donnelly with a one run lead.

Emilio Bonifacio: 0-0, BB - Worked a leadoff walk in his first AB, which is as rare as a cold day in hell. He has a 2.2 K/BB when leading off innings. Unfortunately, stealing bases has become the same thing. In his last 30 times on base, he's only attempted one steal. Its the only thing he can do right. Why not let him do it? I know! Because we'd rather let Nick Johnson do it! Amongst the things Bonifacio can't do is throw runners out from center field. He got two chances to do so while Cody Ross, the team's best outfielder, sat idly by in right. Comparing starting center fielders to starting right fielders league wide this year, center fielders' RF/g is 0.49 higher, meaning center fielders are half a play per game more important than right fielders.

Luis Ayala: IP, 2 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, K - .556/.600/1.056/1.656 in high leverage situations this year, .314/.368/.471/.840 for his career. Tosca would've been better served going to Nate Bump. After barely and luckily escaping his first inning, he walked the leadoff man in the 8th, gave up a Ronnie Belliard RBI single and a Ryan Zimmerman RBI triple that gave the Nationals the lead.

Brendan Donnelly: 0.2 IP, H - Put in in an attempt to stop the bleeding in the 8th. With a 157 tOPS+ in them, one run games have been the situation in which he's been the least effective this year (amongst situations in which he's faced at least 10 hitters). He balked in a run and gave up an RBI single to Elijah Dukes, putting the game out of reach.

If the Marlins want to spare their fans' heart health, Fredi Gonzalez needs to be cloned. That way Fredi #2 can manage if Fredi #1 is ever incapacitated for more than one night. I'm not the biggest Gonzalez fan by any means but two of him is ten times better than one of Tosca. 

John Baker: 1-5, R, 2 RBI - Two run homer in the 5th, his first in over a month. After hitting just .258/.332/.421/.753 in the first half, he's off to a .318/.400/.477/.877 start in the second half.

Chris Coghlan: 2-5, 2 R, RBI - Baker would be the Marlins' best second half player so far if not for this guy. Coghlan collected two more hits, marking his fifth straight multi-hit game and his eighth multi-hit game in his last ten games. His second half is off to a .343/.370/.557/.927 start.

Chris Volstad: 4.1 IP, 9 H, 7 R (4 ER), 2 BB, 3 K - Broke a string of three starts with a 3.30 ERA by loading the bases in the 1st before giving up three runs on a walk and three hits in the 4th and two more on a homer, a single, and a double in the 5th. the nine hits he allowed were tied for his second highest total of the season and were the most he's given up since a 3.2 inning outing against Boston in June. The homer was the eighth he's given up in his last seven starts. The consistent inconsistency continues. Right now, Russian roulette would be a safer bet than a Volstad quality outing. The good news is despite his struggles, he's been more good than bad, collecting 12 quality starts to nine non-quality starts and he's still just 22-years-old. Would I have him in my fantasy baseball starting rotation this year? No. But would I have him in my reality starting rotation? Absolutely.

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