Hero of the Game: Donovan Solano (.021 WPA+)
Goat of the Game: Josh Johnson (-.126 WPA+)
Play of the Game: Jose Constanza singled to center scoring Dan Uggla. (-.096 WPA+)
The Marlins got shutout by Kris Medlen at home on Wednesday night. Medlen, who has had a better last month than any pitcher in baseball, pitched eight shutout innings, striking out six. Miami finished the game 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position.
Kris Medlen was utterly dominant on Wednesday. In Medlen's last fifty-four innings, he's only given up three earned runs. Still, the Marlins need to get into a rhythym as an offense no matter who is pitching for the opposite team. It's too often where it feels like I make the excuse in a Fish Cap that the Marlins just faced a great pitcher who was on top of his stuff. Miami needs to find a way to hit this upper echelon of pitchers in the majors in order to have success over the course of a full season.
Miami is currently scoring 3.89 runs per game this year. Even in a season where offensive numbers are down across the borad, the league average is 4.24. Having a offense that scores a ton of runs isn't so much about having fantastic hitters do their thing day in and day out. It's more about having roughly three hitters "click" in a single night. On Wednesday, the Marlins didn't have one hitter who I believed was going to get a hit when they came up to the plate. In a month that's about looking forward to the future, that needs to be changed as soon as possible.
Anyways, Josh Johnson was just okay tonight. He pitched a quality start and allowed only one extra-base hit but he still walked three hitters and allowed three earned runs. His pitch count was at forty-five after two innings, so it is fairly impressive that he managed to pitch six innings.
Today Chipper Jones was honored at Marlins Park and given fishing gear, which is both very weird and cool. Even though most Marlins' fans despise Atlanta, it's hard not to like Jones and his playing style. It will be fun to watch him in October, assuming Atlanta makes the playoffs.
Miami will play the Mets at Citi Field in New York on Friday night.