June 12, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) reacts after struck out swinging during the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE
Hero of the Game: Logan Morrison (.236 WPA)
Goat of the Game: Giancarlo Stanton (-.216 WPA)
The Marlins and Red Sox split their current three game series with the men from Boston taking game two Tuesday night, 2-1. It was a pitching duel highlighted by Mark Buehrle and Clay Buchholz pitching 14 innings together, and only giving up three runs. Unfortunately it was Buehrle taking the loss on this night when his offense could not muster much. And it is a shame because the Marlins actually stranded Jose Reyes on third after his lead off triple in the first inning.
LoMo Goes Deep
Morrison gets two hits on this night including a solo shot in the seventh. For LoMo its all about consistency. As long as he gets hits Wednesday night and beyond, the team will be ok. With his current .235 average, there is so much more Morrison could do to help this ball club play better. Even the home runs are an added plus. The team just needs him to get hits, and take the walk when ts offered.
Decision Needs To Be Made
Question. How long until the Marlins make a move on John Buck? After his latest 0-3 effort Tuesday night, he is now batting .163. I understand many catchers across baseball have similar averages, and its the entire bottom of the Marlins batting order that is not producing and not just Buck, but how nice would it be to at least see Buck it a few home runs a week? Right now with that average, and those numbers, Buck is a liability. And while Brett Hayes has played well in spurts, at some point the ball club just might be better off trading for another catcher. We'll see.