In the rubber match against Pittsburgh, the Marlins exploded on the Pirates early on getting eight runs in the first two innings. Pirate starter Ian Snell basically pitched BP to the Fish giving up seven of the runs and all of them earned. If you look at the Marlins everyday lineup, three of the players are batting over .300 with Hammer going 0-4 today dropping his average to .296. I wonder when MLB is going to change his position on his bio to LF, considering it’s pretty official he’s our starting left fielder.
How about Shadez getting it done in the leadoff spot. He cooled off a bit earlier this month but got hot again raising his BA to .345 and his OBP to over .400. Rookie of the Year lock if he keeps up the pace. I’m not counting out Hammer or Dan Uggla for that honor either. Uggla is having quite a year himself, considering Pokey Reese was supposed to be the starting 2B until he bolted. The hitting isn’t the problem with this team, it’s the awful starting pitching and non-existent pen. Even with Moehler’s fantastic performance today, his ERA is still over eight.
Dontrelle Willis was quoted as saying he better get his act together on the mound or he may not have a job. This is why he is now my favorite player in the league. He is completely selfless, cares only for winning, not stats and his great attitude during the game and in the clubhouse is one that every team needs. The rumors of trading him are ridiculous, because even if we got Albert Pujols straight up I wouldn’t want the deal. One hitter for this team won’t make a difference so why do it? I base value on more than just stats and Train in my opinion is invaluable.