31 July 2011
The Marlins ended the month of July with a 3-1 win over the Braves to avoid a series sweep and in the process picked up their 17th win on the month. Although still two wins short of .500 at 53-55, the Marlins were really able to turn things around after a June which they only had five wins. The Marlins this month got a major boost from both Emilio Bonifacio and Hanley Ramirez. This month Emilio batted .385 with 16 stolen bases and had a 26 game hit streak (2nd longest in Marlins Team History) until it came to an end on Friday. Hanley also had his most productive month of the season, batting around .300 for the month with five home runs and 21 RBI. Omar Infante and John Buck were also able to hit well over their season batting averages in June while Mike Stanton hit eight home runs and Logan Morrison lead the team with 26 RBI in June.
Possibly the biggest surprise of them all is the fact that statistclly the Marlins best pitcher in July was actually Javier Vazquez. Vazquez in five starts had three wins, 27 strike outs, and a 3.16 ERA. While being ties for the most wins on the team for the month, he was second in strike outs behind Anibal Sanchez's 36 strike outs and second in starting ERA behind Clay Hensley who had a 2.65 ERA.
Although it was not all good news for the Marlins this month as Chris Volstad got sent back down to the minors, their was a report that Josh Johnson was done for the season (which the Marlins deny), and Chris Coghlan suffered a set back in his rehab games with a hyperextended elbow. Maybe the most disappointing thing was that the Marlins failed to make a move at the trade deadline despite the Braves adding Michale Bourne and the Phillies adding Hunter Pence.
After a month of trade rumors that and the Marlins fielding call about eight of their players, they ended up not making any moves before the non waiver trade deadline. The Marlins Front Office made the decision that they want to try and win as many games as they can this year before moving into the new stadium in 2012. With the Marlins only scheduled to lose Omar Infante, if they bring back Leo Nunez who could make up to $6.5M in arbitration this off season, the team decided that they would not sell any of its players. Instead Marlins were looking to add players who would be under contract through 2012 at least with the team having going to have holes at starting pitcher and third base/second base/center field (Chris Coghlan and Emilio Bonifacio should fill two of those holes).