Found July 04, 2012 on The Outside Corner:
I remember two offseasons ago, the Miami (then Florida) Marlins going on a crusade to improve their bullpen. They brought in guys like Ryan Webb, Edward Mujica, and Mike Dunn in trades, and were attempting to heavily retool things. And last year, it worked. The Marlins pen had a 3.44 ERA, a top ten mark in the league, and a half run improvement over 2010. But this season has been a disaster. Miami's pen has a 4.76 ERA, the second worst mark in baseball. Mujica has been awful, but Webb and Dunn have still been OK. The big black mark on this bullpen has been none of the pitchers acquired after the 2010 season, but instead, one signed this past winter: closer Heath Bell. Bell has a 6.39 ERA this year with a walk rate over five, and blew the save yesterday afternoon against the Brewers in spectacular fashion in an unreal game. Jose Reyes hit a go-ahead homer in the tenth off of Livan Hernandez, capping off a huge Marlins rally from being down by as many seven runs. Of course, with t...

Miami Blanks Milwaukee

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Marlins going for series split in Milwaukee

The Miami Marlins were supposed to challenge for the NL East title this season, but they're well back of the division lead with half the season gone. Perhaps the addition of first baseman Carlos Lee can provide a second-half boost. With Lee expected to make his Marlins debut Thursday, Miami will try to salvage a split of this four-game series with the host Milwaukee Brewers...

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Marlins 7, Brewers 6(10)

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After balking on Dodgers, Lee sent to Marlins

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Marlins come back, lose to Brewers in extras

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GIFcap: Anibal Sanchez goes behind the back to rob Martin Maldonado

The play by Anibal Sanchez is amazing, but I prefer imagining the sequence of emotions from Martin Maldonado
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