Monday, May 5, 2008

Sunday's Game

From my perch in Section 110. Miller didn't look bad, Pinto looked good, and the Marlins ended up with an easy victory. Its easy to imagine Miller improving a bunch before the season is over. Of course, the Padres do have an anemic batting order . . .

The Marlins have given up 14 more runs than they have scored, which means that their record continues to be better than you'd expect. Unfortunately, it appears that their defense seems to be getting worse--they've given up 15 unearned runs, while the league average is 13. They've committed 33 errors, which is the most in the NL, so I guess one reason their record is better than you'd expect is that they haven't given up as many unearned runs as they could have, given the number of errors they've committed. Perhaps the strong bullpen has something to do with that. . .

Its a fun team to watch, one that you can imagine improving this season and possibly for the next year or two--if Loria will spring for the bucks to keep Hanley. If Josh Johnson and Anibal Sanchez come back strong by next season, the Marlins will be looking to trade some pitching for everyday players. 

A word about Maddux: Treanor's hard hit grounder to third that was scored as a hit could have been an inning ending DP, just like Cantu's a couple of innings later.   

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hey John!

Thanks for hosting us for Saturday night's game! Sorry we couldn't get the win.

This is a great team to watch. How about Olsen last night? Interesting formula - take a bunch of young guys and instead of "working" them into the bigs by giving them 50 or so games, just throw them out there every day. By the third year (about where we are), they are acclimated and unitimidated by the league's high salary opponents.

My favorite way to consider big league baseball is to weight adjust the wins and losses according to the payroll. Right now, the Marlins are way ahead on the dollars spent per win basis.

See you at the ballpark.