Hero of the Game: Gaby Sanchez (+.022 WPA)
Goat of the Game: Jose Reyes (-.070 WPA)
Play of the Game: B.J. Upton homered in the first inning. (+.114 WPA)
The Marlins were dominated on Sunday by Alex Cobb and the Rays. Josh Johnson pitched great, but the Rays couldn't muster more than three hits against Cobb. The Marlins offense struggled this whole series, but especially on Sunday.
Alex Cobb was amazing this game. How much of that can be credited to the Marlins abysmal offense, I'm not sure. Cobb needed 100 pitches (sixty-nine of them were strikes) to make it seven innings against the Marlins. He struck out ten, only walked one, and only gave up two hits. Cobb only has a 7.65 K/9 on the season, so it amazes me that he struck could strike out so many Miami hitters.
B.J. Upton got things started for Tampa when he got a 3-1 fastball from Josh Johnson, and lined it into the left-field bleachers. In 2010, Johnson had a 4.2 HR/FB%. This year, Johnson's HR/FB% has blossomed to 5.7. A lot of that could be based on luck, but Johnson has lost about two MPH on his average fastball velocity since 2010. Today, Johnson finished with eight hits allowed, two earned runs, and four walks and strikeouts in six innings. It wasn't his best outing, but he pitched deserving of a win.
This was a rough day for thee Marlins. Luckliy, they are done facing the outstanding Tampa Bay pitching staff. Next game is Tuesday, at 7:10 PM ET against the Red Sox. Boston is currently 33-33, and at the bottom of the A.L. East. Hopefully, the Marlins can take advantage of a Red Sox team that can't be feeling great about their season right now.