MIAMI, FL - JULY 24: Hanley Ramirez #2 of the Miami Marlins looks on during a game against the Atlanta Braves at Marlins Park on July 24, 2012 in Miami, Florida. The Atlanta Braves defeated the Miami Marlins 4-3. (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)
Hero of the Game: Jose Reyes (.192 WPA)
Goat of the Game: Carlos Lee (-.145 WPA)
The Marlins lost another one run affair Tuesday night. And even though all the news is about what happened overnight (Hanley traded to the Dodgers), this game is the epitome of the season for the Marlins. They went up 3-1 early in the game, and then stopped hitting. And slowly but surely, the Braves scored the last three runs of the game and stole a road game. The contest was not an exciting one. So lets just say the player of the game is Prado who tripled to start the seventh inning (his only hit). He ends up as the winning run.
Mark has been the best pitcher on the staff this season. But every so often, a pitcher's stuff does not show up. And on this night, he struggled in throwing 95 pitches in just five innings. The main culprit was the walks (four of them). And as anemic as the Marlins offense has been this year, I can't blame any of the pitchers who must feel like they have to go out there and be perfect on a night to night basis. Buehrle's ERA does not take much of a hit however. He still maintains at a very nice 3.31.
Last Game for Ramirez
In his last game as a Miami Marlin, Ramirez finishes the night with the following: one hit in four plate appearances, collects his 48th RBI, while also committing an error that led to the Braves first run in the opening frame (his ninth error of the season). The average now sits at .246. Remember that Hanley missed the last few games with an infected hand. The Dodgers are getting a supremely talented player. But make no mistake about it. Nothing that Ramirez has done the last two and a half years has helped the ball club. He has been on and off injured. And when he is on the field, he normally looks disinterested. Or disconnected. Good luck to Ramirez and his future endeavors. For now, the Marlins will continue to shape their team for the foreseeable future.