The Marlins got an extremely dominate pitching performance from Chris Volstad tonight in there 7-1 victory over the Nationals. Volstad pitched a complete game, striking out eight and only allowing four hits. The Marlins capitalized on Volstad's performance by scoring seven runs and getting home runs from Hanley Ramirez and Jorge Cantu. However, they were far from dominate on the base path. Cameron Maybin the Marlins young center fielder is still adjusting to the major leagues and it is easy to see on the base path. The Marlins had several opportunities in tonight's game with Maybin and also Cody Ross to tag up and advance bases and were not able to capitalize. Both players on deep fly balls to the outfield were dancing in between the base paths two times with Cameron Maybin and one time with Cody Ross which almost cost them a run had there not been a wild throw home. If the Marlins are going to make it to the post-season they are going to have to use speed and good base running to get there.
In recent years, good base running and speed has been a key component to winning for many teams in the MLB. With the steroid era coming to an end teams are more reliant on the leadoff hitter getting on and manufacturing runs. Remembering the Marlins 2003 World Series run most of their success was because of there table setters and the excellent speed they had. Juan Pierre and Luis Castillo caused havoc for teams in the top of the lineup and on the bases and that is what the Marlins will need to improve on and hope to get from Maybin and Chris Couglan at the top of the lineup.