10 June 2012
After one of the worst Junes in MLB history in 2011, the Marlins were hoping not see a repeat performance of that 5 win month once again this year, and while the month got off to a good start it has quickly reverted back to the team that played in June of 2012. The Marlins started the month by going 2-1 in Philadelphia and taking a share of first place in the NL East, the Marlins have come home and laid an egg at Marlins Park. First the team got swept by Atlanta in a series where the Marlins were out scored 21-3 and followed it up by getting again being swept in dominant fashion by the in state rival Rays.
The Marlins did struggle to open the season in April, their struggles then could be attributed to players getting off to slow starts at the plate and Heath Bell's early struggles. The last six games, with the exception of one good start by Josh Johnson against the Braves, it has been a complete failure for the Marlins. They have not had good starting pitching, they have not hit well with runners in scoring position, and they just can't score. In 5 of the 6 games Marlins starters have given up an average of 4.6 runs while the offense is just scoring 1.67 runs per game. In total in the home stand the Marlins thus far have been outscored 45-10, they are 5 for 50 with RISP, and Hanley Ramirez is 1-18 in six games.
The Marlins have made a few roster moves the last few days. First they optioned Dan Jennings down to Triple-A and have called up RHP Sandy Rosario. After a couple of poor starts the Marlins needed fresh arms for their bullpen and Rosario has worked in both the games the Marlins have played since being promoted. The Marlins also called up Gaby Sanchez on Sunday, where he also started, and sent Donnie Murphy back down. In 19 games in New Orleans Gaby hit .310 with 3 home runs and 10 RBI. He said that during his time in Triple-A he "Figured out a couple little things. Nothing too major. It was just going down there and playing, getting repetition." In his first game back he got an RBI double off of James Sheild in the 7th to score the Marlins first run.
The Marlins now finish off their 9 game home stand with three games against the Boston Red Sox.
- Monday 7:10 at Marlins Park: Josh Johnson (3-4) vs. Josh Beckett (4-6)
- Tuesday 7:10 at Marlins Park: Mark Buehrle (5-6) vs. Clay Buchholz (6-3)
- Wednesday 7:10 at Marlins Park: Ricky Nolasco (6-4) vs Felix Doubront (6-3)
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