On The Field
Coming off the All Star Break, the Marlins played just one series this week. In that set, a three game tilt against the Brewers, Miami stumbled its way into the second half of the season. Most of what transpired against the Brewers was negative, but there were some promising notes as well.
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Second Half Jitters
The weekend series against the Brewers brought much in the way of bad signs for the Marlins.
It wasn't like things looked dreadful from game 1 of the series. In fact, Friday's match up seemed like a bit of "well, that's baseball for you."
The Marlins ended up losing 2-0 to the Brewers, but had six hits to the Brewers' five. One could very easily have dismissed it the Marlins being unable to connect when it mattered the most. But, things just kept (and keep) getting worse.
Saturday's game 2 saw the Brewers put on an offensive show, the majority of which came off the 4-for-4 bat of Jonathan Lucroy. What was perhaps just as evident was the Marlins' inability to do little more than fan at fastballs.
The situation was much more grim than lacking in opportunistic hitting. The Brewers' Kyle Lohse, Yovanni Gallardo, and Wily Peralta looked like a play-off quality set of hurlers this weekend. Through all three games, Brewers' starters faced some sort of threat just once from the Marlins. That would come in the form of a bases-loaded situation on Saturday, an opportunity squandered after Logan Morrison hit into an inning ending double play.
Through those three games, the Marlins couldn't score a single run. But, there were some positives.
Jacob Turner continues to impress, finishing his Friday start with a solid line: 5 hits, 2 earned, 6 strikeouts in five innings of action. Now, even Turner's quality pitching came with negatives. He certainly didn't help his effort by walking four Brewers.
Another glimmer of hope for the Marlins this weekend was the performance of one Kevin Slowey. Slowey was spectacular in a relief effort on Saturday, striking out four of the six batters he faced. His impressive 4:1 K/BB ratio continues to rise. Additionally, the entire Marlins pen is putting in good work lately.
Plays of the Week
- Henderson Alvarez had a heck of a game on Sunday against the Brewers. He shut Milwaukee down in his seven frames, even putting a defensive signature on his performance:
-How does Hechavarria match his Gold Glove antics from Saturday? Like this.
Tom Koehler will lead off the series on the mound, facing Colorado's struggling lefty Drew Pomeranz (0-3, 8.76 ERA). The second game will feature both teams' best pitchers: Jose Fernandez for the Marlins, Jhoulys Chacin for the Rockies. Chacin is chasing his seventh win in eight starts while Fernandez looks to put in his 12th quality outing on the year. Jacob Turner faces Jorge De La Rosa on Wednesday, with Nathan Eovaldi and Juan Nicasio rounding out the series.
Starters for the Pirates series have yet to be announced, but Pittsburgh comes into the week leading the NL in team ERA with a 3.07.