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The Monday Takeaway
For the four weeks spanning May 28 through June 22, it seemed that Marlins closer Heath Bell had shed his early-season malaise. During that time, Bell made 10 consecutive scoreless appearances, struck out 16 batters in 9 1/3 innings, and trimmed his ERA from 8.00 to 5.47. His three-year, $27 million contract he signed in early December wasn't looking quite as bad for the Fish.
After last night’s extra-inning loss to the Cardinals, though, it’s back to square one—not just for Bell, but also for the organization as a whole.
The first-year closer entered with the Marlins leading 6-2 in the top of the ninth, and though the Redbirds had plated a run in each of the previous two frames, the game still seemed safely in hand. In fact, Ozzie Guillen may simply have wanted to get the 34-year-old Bell some work, considering that he had pitched only once in the previous eight days. Bell immediately looked rusty, issuing a leadoff walk to Rafael Furcal, and it was...
BEST OF MAXIM
Now that our great city is pretty much done riding the wave of the Heat’s run to a championship, it goes without saying that all eyes will be on the Marlins. With the poor way the Marlins have been playing for the month of June, those eyes will now be looking for answers to a few questions. And if those questions aren’t answered to the satisfaction of fans, it may put a serious...
Jeffrey Loria, prince of patience?
"I know who these guys are," Loria, the owner of the Miami Marlins, said Sunday night. "I'm not a person who panics. I know what we did to put together this team."
OK, but you figure out the Marlins - 8-14 in April, 21-8 in May and 5-16 in June, eight games out in the NL East, 4½ back in the wild-card race.
The Miami Marlins put an end to a six game losing streak on Sunday with a 9-0 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. The win was only the fifth of the month for Miami in June and was one of the more lopsided wins of the season. The Marlins scored early and often behind an excellent effort from Mark Buehrle a day after Hanley Ramirez held a players only meeting.
The Marlins might have reached their lowest point of the season Saturday with a 7-1 loss. After the
game, third baseman Hanley Ramirez, for the first time in his career, initiated a players-only meeting. Manager Ozzie Guillen said he did not talk to players after Saturday's game "because I might say the
wrong thing and tomorrow I might regret it. But Guillen vented...
When the St. Louis Cardinals seemed to be reverting back to the offensive struggles that plagued them recently, they exploded in the late innings to surprise the troubled Miami Marlins in the series opener.
With the stingy Kyle Lohse on the hill, they may have a good chance to extend their winning streak to a season-best five Tuesday night at Marlins Park.
St. Louis' lineup...
With the trade deadline on the horizon, who knows what will happen. Liriano has definitely beefed up his value as has Denard Span and Joe Mauer. Although, I don't think that many teams would want to eat Joe's enormous contract, it's definitely something that Ryan should at least entertain, if he hasn't already.
Frankie High Cheese
Nothing has changed in the timeline for his return, the multifaceted Emilio Bonifacio is still due at some point back after the All-Star Break. Still, Tuesday was a crucial day for Emilio Bonifacio. That’s nice. I speculated pre-Full Spectrum Baseball Fantasy Baseball draft that Bonifacio was going to have a significant impact on the Marlins.
Heck. I even drafted him.
MIAMI (AP) -- Rafael Furcal and pinch-hitting pitcher Joe Kelly drove in runs in the 10th inning and the St. Louis Cardinals, who scored four runs in the top of the ninth, held on to beat the Miami Marlins 8-7 on Monday night for their fourth straight victory.
Yadier Molina hit a two-run homer off Heath Bell in the ninth to cap the four-run inning and tie the game at 6.
The St. Louis Cardinals spoiled the debut of the Miami Marlins' new park in a brief visit back in April. With their next game in Miami, they'll try to match their longest win streak of the season.
Jake Westbrook and his hot-hitting teammates will try to help deliver that fourth consecutive victory and the Cardinals' seventh in a row over the Marlins on Monday night....
(AP) -- The St. Louis Cardinals spoiled the debut of the Miami Marlins' new park in a brief visit back in April. With their next game in Miami, they'll try to match their longest win streak of the season.
Jake Westbrook and his hot-hitting teammates will try to help deliver that fourth consecutive victory and the Cardinals' seventh in a row over the Marlins on Monday...
Will the Nats Make a Move at the deadline?
Talk about possible additions to the Nationals roster will start to dominate talk radio and water coolers throughout the region over the next month as the non-waiver trade deadline approaches on July 31st.
The pitching staff and bullpen are all but set as they continue to post unbelievable numbers. Tom Boswell wrote a great column...