Suddenly, the Miami Marlins train has lost steam again.
Miami (44-61) entered Friday’s game with an even .500 win percentage since the end of the all-star break. The 22 year-old rookie, Pablo Lopez, was on the mound for the Marlins and things started off a little rocky. The right handed pitcher, who is now 2-2, finished with a line of 5.2 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB’s, and 3 K’s. Lopez allowed four earned runs through the first 3 innings but his stats show he was able to eventually settle in. Offensively Miami never did wake up the bats in the form of run support for their starter. The Marlins didn’t record their first hit until one out in the 5th inning in the form of a Martin Prado single to center.
Pablo López didn't really have it tonight, but executed pitches when he needed to limit damage and kept this game somewhat respectable.
5.2 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K (97 pitches) pic.twitter.com/fFqCQRvKew
— Fish Stripes (@fishstripes) July 28, 2018
Washington (52-51) is streaking again as the Nationals have won three straight with two games coming much to the chagrin of the Marlins. Max Scherzer continued his recent domination of Miami and only allowed three hits over 8 innings. On the ace’s 34th birthday he would finish with a final line boasting 8.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, and 11 K’s. Scherzer now holds 2.30 ERA on the season to go along with a 14-5 record. A few more outings like last night and we may see Max taking home his fourth Cy-Young award (awarded to each leagues best pitcher).
- Talent continues to grow. – Young players stepping up and showing promise when called upon.
- Getting 5+ innings out of starting pitchers. – Allowing less bullpen usage will prolong winning chances.
- Minimal fielding errors. – Pretty much something you need if you plan to win.
- WAKE UP THE BATS! – The slow hitting starts have to stop if Miami wants to build a competitive team. You are PRO’s.
- Leadership. – This is a management created issue in that the veteran leadership was traded during the offseason, but somebody has got to really step up if this team is going to compete in the future.
The Ugly (Maybe)
Miami has two remaining games in this home series vs Washington and that means an opportunity to pull even before it’s over. The 2-0 deficit definitely has the potential to be (more) ugly than it already has, but the Marlins also have the chance to steal a few games from a playoff contender. Washington desperately needs all the wins they can get since they trail the Philadelphia Phillies by 6 games. Now is our chance to not only add to our own win column but make the Washington Nationals feel a little bit of our pain.
Who’s In – Who’s Out
Today’s matchup pits Nats LHP Gio Gonzalez against Marlins RHP Trevor Richards. Gonzalez comes in with a 6-7 record and a 3.94 ERA to go with a lowly 99 strikeouts. Miami turns to Richards who’s 3-5 with a 4.41 ERA of his own. In a game that surely looks like it will allow a run here or there, the Miami Marlins have a perfect opportunity to eliminate “WAKE UP THE BATS!” from my list of concerns. While the bats may be struggling, the team doesn’t have a deep enough bench to really shakeup the lineup. The roster as it stands leads me to believe in exactly what was used yesterday. My lineup predictions are as follows:
- D. Dietrich, L
- B. Anderson, RF
- J. Realmuto, C
- J. Bour, 1B
- S. Castro, 2B
- M. Prado, 3B
- J. Riddle, SS
- M. Sierra, CF
- T. Richards, P
- A. Eaton, RF
- T. Turner, SS
- B. Harper, RF
- M. Adams, 1B
- J.Soto, LF
- D. Murphy, 2B
- M. Reynolds, 3B
- M. Wieters, C
- G. Gonzalez, P