Tuesday, June 30, 2009


Rookie Shakedown Tonight

Craig Stammen and Sean West start.

The Nats have lost their last three June 30th games, including last year's game with the Marlins. The Fish have won 3 of their last 4 June 30th games (losing in 2007).


BOOM: And God sendeth forth the deluge after the Marlins taketh the lead. And thus did the game endeth.

Monday, June 29, 2009



The Marlins, once proud masters over Tampa Bay and now sent wimpering home by them the last couple of years, are primed to proceed to pounce on our latest whipping-boys, the Washington Nationals. The Fish so far have done beat them Nats seven games in a row, thank you kindly, and are expecting a little old-fashioned morale-boosting tonight.

But they'll be facing fo-Fish Scott Olsen, fresh off the DL. Nah, don't worry - Nolasco will take care of their butts. (Yahoo)

And now the daily dose of history - The Marlins have won 3 of their last 4 June 29th games, while their opponent tonight has gone 2-2 in their last 4 on June 29.


UPDATE: Rain has hit the stadium area and more may be coming.

RESULT: What else? Fish win 4-2.


They Report, You Decide

"The Marlins...have given up a Major League-leading 78 stolen bases already this season." (MLB)

Ross credits being almost traded and a piece of wood for his surge. (MLB)

Uggla loves the All-Star game. (SunSentinel)

The Gregg-Ceda trade don't look so good now. (FishBytes)

Sunday, June 28, 2009



David Price, who just had his worst outing of the season, and Andrew Miller, who just had his best outing of the season, start today.

The Marlins and Rays have both lost 3 of their last 4 June 28th games (actually the Marlins lost 4 of their last 5, or 9 of their last 11, but who's counting?). The two teams played each other twice on June 28, in 2002 and 2006, and they were both Devil Rays wins.


CLEANED-OUT: Fish lose 5-2.

Saturday, June 27, 2009


Game 2 Under the Dome

Tonight marks the return to the Rays of Scott Kazmir (whose name brings a groan of regret from Mets fans everywhere). Chris Volstad will start for the fabulous Fish.

Tonight's starting time is at 7:08, compared with last night's starting time of 7:38. I must have missed something - what's with the 8's? A quick look at Google gave me no reason why there's an 8 minute rule on Rays' games. I almost thought they were sponsered by BrandsMart, but I don't think there's a BrandsMart over there.

Pat Benatar's doing a show after the game tonight.

The Rays and Marlins both won last year on June 27, and lost the year before on June 27. They've played each other twice on June 27, in 2004 and 2006, and the Marlins won both times.


DOUBLE-FOO: Fish lose 3-2 - Phillies gain a game on the NL East.


Two More Blogs

If you prefer a Marlins blog that's more on the 'quirky' side, then try out Marlinslive.com.

Or if you like a brand new blog that suggests a "Song for the Day" as a thematic climax to its Marlinalysis (hey, I should copyright that word), then have a look at Matt Taylor's Fishing For a Blog.

Friday, June 26, 2009


Florida Frolics

The Fish go to the Trop to play the Rays. James Shields and Josh Johnson start.

The Rays and Marlins have played each other 4 times on June 26's, the Marlins winning in 2005 and 2006, and the Rays winning in 2004 and 2008. (In 2007 they both lost on June 26).


Foo: Florida loses 7-3, but everyone else in the NL East loses too.



Danny's hoping Josh gets in the All-Star game, and Mike's in the Futures game. (MiamiHerald)

The Marlins "will explore all possibilities" in finding bullpen help (uh oh). (FishPond)

Here's Craig's Mickey Jenkins story. (FishStripes)

Thursday, June 25, 2009



Rich Hill and Sean West start

The Marlins lost their last two (and 6 of their last 7) June 25th games. The O's lost their last three June 25th games after winning their previous 4.


STEAM-CLEANING: Fish win 11-3.


Throw Another Arm on the Fire

Eric Polsky continues to report on the systematic destruction of the Marlins bullpen. Here's a pertinent quote:

"(W)hatever success Lindstrom was having prior to this past weekend, it is mind-boggling that the Marlins would use him in four consecutive games this week. This would be especially stupefying if the Marlins were aware of Lindstrom's discomfort in his arm, and knowing the Marlins were aware that Lindstrom is just two months removed from a rotator cuff injury."

Wednesday, June 24, 2009


Game Two

Jason Berken and Ricky Nolasco start.

The Marlins lost their last two June 24th games. The O's won their last (and two of their last three) June 24th games.


YIPPIE: The Marlins slip past .500, winning 5-2,

Tuesday, June 23, 2009


Orioles Roost in Miami for Three

Koji Uehara and Andrew Miller start tonight.

Both Baltimore and Florida are 3-3 in their last 6 June 23rd games - the Orioles lost their last one, and the Marlins lost their last two.


WHEW: Fish win in 12th 7-6.


In the News Today...

Scott Proctor's not just recovering from his surgery. (SunSentinel)

Andino's proving that he's an everyday player with the O's. (SunSentinel)

Hanley's back on top in the All-Star voting, and Sunday's game was the most-watched program that day in South Florida. (MiamiHerald)

Samson squashes his opponents like bugs - stadium remains on schedule. (MLB)

Marlins will hold on-air auction during tonight's game. (MLB)

Monday, June 22, 2009



The Marlins take the day off after playing the second version (give or take a couple) of the Baltimore Orioles and are now awaiting the arrival of the fifth version of the Baltimore Orioles, or thereabouts. There's NL East action tonight with the Braves and Mets.



I'm Back

I have returned from a mini-vacation, which I tried to explain on Thursday but the post for some reason didn't post at that time. The main news since Thursday concerns the bullpen, as Renyel returns, Kiko deflates, and Tim Wood is recalled.

Sunday, June 21, 2009


Only One New York Team

Those Fish fans tiring of Yankee fans by now could remind them that the Yankees are really the Baltimore Orioles and aren't a legitimate home-grown New York team; but then why bother, as they're Yankee fans and they wouldn't listen any way.

C.C. Sabathia and Chris Volstad were the projected starters for today's game, but since I'm writing this last Thursday that may have changed by now.

The Marlins won last year after losing their previous two June 21st games. The Yankees lost their last two June 21st games, after winning the previous two.


Saturday, June 20, 2009


Saturday with the Bombers

I'm still on a hiatus, so I don't know if there has been a rain-out or whatever. All I know is as of Thursday, Former-Fish A.J. Burnett and Now-Fish Josh Johnson are supposed to start.

And it's Super Saturday, so there'll be fireworks and Tito Nieves, if the best-laid plans of mice and men pan out.

The Marlins lost last year after winning two June 20th games in a row. The Yankees have lost their last two, and four of their last five, June 20th games.


Friday, June 19, 2009


House of Confusion

The Marlins return home surrounded by Yankee fans, as usual. A local radio station started doing Yankees broadcasts on weekends last year - this year they're broadcasting the whole schedule (Yankee fans do have clout). Hell, even Loria was (is?) a Yankee fan. Expect big crowds at the ballpark. Pettitte and West are the supposed starters.

The Fish won their last two, and five of their last six, June 19th games. The Yankees won their last June 19th game, and four of their last six.


Thursday, June 18, 2009



(EDIT: For some reason this didn't post on Thursday. Oh well, here it is) I'm off on one of my Internet-less vacations. It should be just until Monday. Check for the latest news in the links bar over wherever your browser puts it. Meanwhile I'll set up posts ahead of time to put up the non-important stat that I've been keeping track of every day.

Last game of the Red Sox series is projected to have Nolasco and Lester as the starters.

The Marlins and the Red Sox have the exact same win-loss record for the past 4 June 18's.



Stadium Extension

Wachovia demanding its money now, and another lawsuit, creates one more delay before the final final final step before stadium construction starts. (MiamiHerald)

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


New Blog Alert

Craig introduces what promises to be a more sabremetrically-inclined blog on the Marlins - it's Fish Frenzy!


Game Two

Boston has won 11 of their last 14, the Marlins have won 8 of their last 14. Brad Penny and Andrew Miller start tonight.

Florida has lost their last two June 17th games. Boston has won their last seven June 17th games.


MAKE-THAT-EIGHT: Boston wins 6-1.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


Marlins and a Knuckleball

The Fish swin to Boston to take on Tim Wakefield tonight. Wakefield's been on an upswing recently, while Chris Volstad has lost his last three.

Florida is on a 5-game win streak in June 16th games. Boston lost last year after winning their previous two June 16th games.


KNUCKLED-UNDER: Fish lose 8-2.


Back in Nawlins...

The Hurk had a good outing with the Zephyrs, and Renyel's with them too. (Nola.com)

Monday, June 15, 2009



If you've got the feeling that Danny hasn't been knocking in any runs lately, it looks as though your feelings are correct. (MarlinsNation)


Jeffrey's Thinking, 'I'm Paying $60 Million for This?'

Craig covered the Hanley-Fredi debacle completely earlier today.

And these message boards run the gamut from Hanley is a prima-donna baby to Fredi is a pussy that won't protect his players.

Now Hanley's back in Boston, still wondering what would've happened if Theo didn't take that hiatus. (MLB)

UPDATE: Every thing now seems to be sunshine and buttercups. (FishStripes)

Sunday, June 14, 2009


Break Out the Bissel?

It's Josh Johnson against left-handed Brian Tallet

The "Marlins are 5-1 in their last 6 games vs. a left-handed starter". (PinoyBets)

But the Fish are 3-7 after a win. (lines-maker.com)

The Marlins have lost their last 2 (and 6 of their last 7) June 14th games. The Blue Jays have lost 4 of their last 5 June 14th games.


SWOOSH: Fish win 11-3.


Sunday Funnies

Cody will be at Dunkin' Donuts on Saturday.... (WPTV)

...although he may be applying for dual citizenship soon. (HookLineDrive&Sinker)

Kevin Millar wants to finish his fun-filled career with the Marlins, and then build a whiffleball stadium. (PBPost)

Saturday, June 13, 2009


Saturday's Canadian Contest

The Game just started as I post this. Sean West and Casey Janssen are the starters.

The Marlins have lost their last 2 June 13th games (after winning their previous 5). The Blue Jays have won their last 4 June 13th games.


YOWSA: Marlins win 6-5.

Friday, June 12, 2009


Got Your Passports Handy?

The Marlins are in Toronto to play Toronto. As many writers, including Paul Hagan, notes, since Friday the Marlins have faced 4 Cy Young winners (and have a record of 2-2 in those games). Tonight here comes another one in Roy Halliday, who has won 7 decisions in a row coming into tonight. Ricky starts for the Fish.

The Blue Jays have lost their last 3 June 12th games. The Marlins have lost 4 of their last 5 June 12th games (winning in 2007).


HOLIDAY: Fish win 7-3.


Reports From The Field

There'll be a lot of empty sky boxes this weekend at Rogers Center (just like every weekend). (TheStar)

Anibal's recovery is going to take some time. (MLB)

The Marlins' Director of Scouting talks about the draft. (FishBytes)

"Since May 24, the Marlins' starters rank sixth in baseball with a 3.03 ERA." (SunSentinel)

Thursday, June 11, 2009


Afternoon Rubber Match

A 12:10 ET start today (that's PM, not AM). The weather may cooperate.

Andrew Miller and Todd Wellemeyer pitch this afternoon.

Cantu might not start today; he has been feeling dizzy for the past 3 weeks, blames cholesterol meds. (MLB)

Florida has won its last 3 June 11 games, while the Cards have won their last 2.


DRAT: Marlins lose 6-5.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009


Game Two With St. Lou

Chris Volstad and Adam Wainwright start tonight.

June 10 has been one of the Marlins' better days. In their entire history they are 11-4 on June 10's, and they have won 8 of their last 9 June 10th games (that one loss was in 2007). The Cards have won their last 2, and 4 of their last 6, June 10th games.


SO-MUCH-FOR-HISTORY: Fish lose 13-4.


Enough Stuff

Baker gets cut by Pujols. (MLB)

Craig checks out the Marlins' first three draft picks this year. (FishStripes)

Kevin Brown's almost-perfect game was 12 years ago today. (EdmontonSun)

Josh Illes explains how the possibility of the Marlins actually getting a fan base to come to the new stadium will make the front office's usual World-Series-then-fire-sale tactics bad for business. (BleacherReport)

As a third-baseman, Emilio is a good second-baseman. (SunSentinel)

Tuesday, June 09, 2009


The Cardinals Arrive

Hopefully it's a good game tonight, as the slumping RedBirds bring out Chris Carpenter against Josh Johnson.

Florida has lost its last 5 June 9th games. St. Louis lost its last June 9th game after winning the previous two.


JEREMY!: Hermida wins the game with a homer in the 9th.



Logan's recovered, Cameron's recovering, and the Draft starts today. (MLB)

Hanley's playing good despite feeling bad. (MLB)

Stadium's ceremonial groundbreaking set for July 18. (FishStripes)

Monday, June 08, 2009


History Tonight

Randy Johnson, coming off his 300th career win, will be starting on 3 days' rest. This may put about 13 more fans in the seats, if it doesn't look like rain. Sean West will be facing his boyhood hero tonight.

The Marlins have won their last four June 8th games. The Giants are 2-2 in their last four June 8th games.


WOOO-HOOO: Sean almost no-hits the Giants as the Fish win 4-0.


Spewing News

It's time for the annual Marlins Reliever Blowout, and Eric Polsky gives suggestions to Fredi to try and lessen the carnage. (BaseballDailyDigest)

To bolster his paycheck from the Marlins, Jeff Conine has joined "direct sales company ShopToEarn/ShopToEarth". (techwhack)

Child cancer survivors at Sunday's game. (cbs4)

Another annual ritual - "Several media outlets are reporting that the Marlins are ready to start selling off some of their players.." (NYPostBlog)

Sunday, June 07, 2009


Rainy Days and Sundays

Today's 5:05 PM start should put us square in the middle of some thunderstorm or two - expect delays.

Ricky proved he's too good for AAA; he returns today to show he's still good enough for the majors. Tim Lincecum, who has never faced the Marlins before, starts for the Giants.

Both teams have won their last 2 June 7th games. The Fish beat San Fran June 7, 2006, their only previous June 7 matchup.


FOOEY: Once Tim got off the mound the Marlins had a chance, but it wasn't enough - Giants win 3-2.

Saturday, June 06, 2009


Super Soaker Saturday

Thunderstorms abound in the area as I write this. Even if the 6:10 start is delayed by rain, it still won't be on TV. Take a pancho and go - Phil Vassar and 15,000 rattle-drums will be there. Andrew Miller and Jonathan Sanchez are the starters.

On June 6's, the Fish have lost 3 of their last 4, and the Giants have won 3 of their last 4 (including a win against the Marlins in 2006.


EEK: Lindstrom was almost too generous, but Nunez put it away - Fish win 5-4.

Friday, June 05, 2009


San Fran is Here

The Giants are here this weekend. I know because I saw their heads poking out from the top of the stadium as I drove past.

Tonight's starters should be Volstad and Zito.

The Marlins lost 4 of their last 5 June 5th games. The Giants have gone .500 over their last 4 June 5th games.


FUDGE: Fish lose 2-1.


More of These Things

Anibal's back on the DL. (MLB)

Tim Wood arrives from AAA. (MLB)

Trevor recalls the days when this was a great baseball town. (SunSentinel)

The Fish relievers have something on the side going. (FishStripes)

Thursday, June 04, 2009


Series Finale with Brewers

Dave Bush starts against Josh Johnson tonight.

The Marlins have won their last 3 June 4th games. The Brewers won last year after losing their previous 3 June 4th games.


POW: Josh does the damage as the Fish win 4-3.


News and Opinion

Hayden Penn is now DFA; if not traded in 10 days, down to Nawlins he'll go. (FishStripes)

Robert Andino, who the Fish traded away for Penn, is now hitting .256 as an off-the-bench-and-every-now-and-then-starting player for the Orioles. (BaseballMusings)

MLB.com previews what they think the Marlins want in the upcoming draft. (MLB)

Wednesday, June 03, 2009


Game Three with Milwaukeeeeee

Braden Looper, who has been doing well against his former club, and against everybody lately, starts for the Brewers and Sean West starts for Florida.

On June 3rds the Fish have lost their last two games and the Brewers have won their last two (including beating the Fish in 2007).


FOO: Fish lose 9-6.


De Aza Returns

'"He can be the first pinch-hitter off the bench -- a left-hander who has got some speed," manager Fredi Gonzalez said...

'"Another reason is we can give De Aza a start when we give Cody Ross a spell against a tough right-hander...

'"We'll give him an opportunity to play," Gonzalez said. "He made the club two years in a row out of Spring Training."' (MLB)


Congrats to Historically Fast Dan

"Uggla has now reached 100 home runs faster than any second baseman in MLB history. He did it in his 502nd game at second base. Previously, the quickest to reach 100 home runs was Alfonso Soriano, who hit his 100th home run as a second baseman in his 536th game." (MLB)

Tuesday, June 02, 2009


Game Two With the Crew of Brew

Anibal returns tonight to start. Manny Parra starts for the Brewers.

The Marlins lost last June 2nd after winning three June 2nd games in a row. The Brewers won last June 2nd after losing four June 2nd games in a row (one of those losses was against the Marlins).


FIVE-OF-EIGHT: Fish win 10-3.



Hanley's very sore, and the Marlins sent down Cristhian Martinez and Brett Hayes. (SunSentinelBlog)

Wes should be getting better, and Hanley's leading the All-Star voting. (FishBytes)

Ron Swoboda visited some Zephyrs. (FishPond)

Monday, June 01, 2009


Brewers Arrive

Milwaukee comes into town for four games, bringing with them the last Original Marlin still playing in the big leagues. Jeff Suppan and Andrew Miller start tonight.

The Marlins have lost their last five games played on June 1st, while the Brewers (like the Mets yesterday) have won six of their last seven June 1 games (including beating the Fish in 2007).


MEMORIES: Even the weight of history could not compete with Jorge Julio - the Fish beat the Brew Crew 7-4.



Here's 10 problems with the Marlins besides Fredi. (SunSentinel)

The Marlins want Emilio to use his speed (and no, not just between home plate and the dugout). (MLB)

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