The Miami Marlins are coming off another disappointing homestand going just 2-4 against the likes of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies. The Fish now head west for what will be an 11-game road trip and the final trip west for Miami this season. The Marlins will begin their trip west in Denver to face the Colorado Rockies for four games. It will be the final meeting between Miami and Colorado in 2012. Following a stop in Denver, Miami will head to Arizona before finishing the road trip in Los Angeles to do battle with the Dodgers.
The Miami Marlins come in with a record of 53-65 putting them in last in the National League East. There is still time remaining however for Miami to crawl out of the cellar. The Marlins are just a game and a half back of the fourth place Phillies and 2.5 back of the New York Mets in that division. The Colorado Rockies come in with 44-71 record, the second worst in all of baseball. Colorado sits in last place in the National League West. The Marlins and Rockies will play night games on Thursday, Friday and Saturday before closing the series with a day game on Sunday.
Miami leads 2-1. The Marlins took two of three from the Rockies when the teams met in South Florida back in late May. The series was unusually high scoring as Miami took the first two games by scores of 7-4 and 7-6 before dropping the finale 8-4. The highlight of the series may have been Giancarlo Stanton’s grand slam off of 49-year-old Jaime Moyer that knocked out a spot in the left field scoreboard.
Marlins Set Club Record for Offensive Futility
2012 has been a season to forget for the Miami Marlins and during the homestand, the Fish set a club record that they’ll be happy to forget as well. The Marlins went a franchise record 30 straight innings without scoring a single run. The Marlins were shut out in the series finale with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday 5-0 before dropping the first two games against the Phillies on Monday and Tuesday by scores of 4-0 and 1-0. The Marlins finally broke through in the fourth inning on Wednesday with a RBI single from Greg Dobbs that scored Carlos Lee. Miami went on to score nine runs in a 9-2 win over Philadelphia on Wednesday and hopefully for Miami get on track offensively.
Ruggiano May be Headed to DL
Just about anyone who has played the outfield this season for Miami has had a stint on the disabled list. Logan Morrison, Giancarlo Stanton, Emilio Bonifacio and Austin Kearns have all spent time on the DL and now Justin Ruggiano may be added to that list. In the fourth inning of Wednesday’s 9-2 win over Philadelphia, Ruggiano left the game with a strained oblique and may be forced to miss some time. While it’s been a disappointing season for the Fish, Ruggiano has been one of the pleasant surprises. Ruggiano is hitting .326 with 10 home runs and 26 RBIs in 61 games with Miami this season.
Thursday – Ricky Nolasco (MIA) 9-11, 4.90 ERA vs. Alex White (COL) 2-6, 5.82 ERA
Friday – Wade LeBlanc (MIA) 1-2, 1.45 ERA vs. Jeff Francis (COL) 4-4, 5.99 ERA
Saturday – Nate Eovaldi (MIA) 3-8, 4.28 ERA vs. Tyler Chatwood (COL) 3-2, 4.28 ERA
Sunday – Josh Johnson (MIA) 7-9, 3.73 ERA vs. Drew Pomeranz (COL) 1-7, 5.04 ERA
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