It was the final Super Saturday of the season as the Fish and Mets faced off for game two of their series at Land Shark Stadium, and Marlins fans were looking to rid their mouths of the awful taste left from Friday night’s blown save.
There was still a pretty awful taste in our mouths from the bullpen’s botched sweep of the Nationals as the Marlins rolled into Flushing, New York on Tuesday.
Remember that super exciting 11-1 start the Marlins had? Yeah, me too. Since then, the Fish have won a total of four games. And lost 13. It’s not as though I expected the team to continue at that pace all season, but I also didn’t expect to be sitting just a game above .500 on the 8th of May.
After winning game one of their irritatingly short homestand, the Marlins dropped three in a row. A couple thoughts on that:
- When one’s team scores six runs and one’s bullpen does not allow a run, one can usually expect at least a fair shot at winning a ballgame. That is, unless Graham Taylor happens to be starting for your team, in which case your chances of losing said ballgame are still sitting at around 89%.
- In all fairness to Taylor, it’s not his fault the Marlins decided to start him before he’s ready. But maybe the next time he’s called up (hopefully not til 2012 or so), he could ask the organization to take a new headshot. When he has just given up eight runs in a little over two innings, this expression is the last thing I want to look at.
- Marlins starters have now gone 20 straight games without a win, and there to rub it in our faces Wednesday was Derek Lowe. Our starters can’t even manage to squeeze a win out of a 3-hit shutout these days, and Lowe “earned” the W despite giving up six runs in his worst start of the year.
- Not only did the Marlins lose the game Thursday, they also lost starter Anibal Sanchez to a shoulder injury. A rotation that is two-fifths Miller and Taylor is the stuff of nightmares. Let’s hope it just stays in my head and out of reality. (EDIT: Crisis averted. Juan Rodriguez reports Chris Coghlan will take Sanchy’s spot on the roster.)
- It’s great fun watching Hanley and Jorge attempt to singlehandedly win ballgames with their bats each night, but to quote Cantu, “it takes nine people to win a game.”
- Dan Uggla: .190
- Cameron Maybin: .202
Colorado, here we come.