September 2009

Marlins-Phillies Game 1 lineup

The Marlins and Phillies are playing a twinbill at Land Shark Stadium on Tuesday. The Game 1 lineups:

Phillies

1) Rollins, SS

2) Victorino, CF

3) Utley, 2B

4) Howard, 1B

5) Werth, RF

6) Ibanez, LF

7) Cairo, 3B

8) Bako, C

9) Blanton, P

Marlins

1) Coghlan, LF

2) Johnson, 1B

3) Hanley, SS

4) Cantu, 3B

5) Uggla, 2B

6) Baker, C

7) Ross, CF

8) Carroll, RF

9) Johnson, P

In Game 2, Ronny Paulino is expected to start at catcher with Wes Helms starting at third base, and Jorge Cantu at first base. Nick Johnson and John Baker are not expected to start in the second game. Cameron Maybin should be in center with Brett Carroll coming off the bench.

– Joe Frisaro

 

J.J.'s quest for win No. 16

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Photo courtesy of Robert Vigon/Florida Marlins

If Josh Johnson beats the Phillies on Tuesday in Game 1 of the double-header at Land Shark Stadium, the Marlins ace would join some elite company in club history.

Johnson is seeking to become the third Marlin since 2000 to eclipse the 15-win mark in a season. The 25-year-old is 15-4 with a 3.01 ERA in 30 starts.

The only Marlins to surpass 15 wins in the decade are Dontrelle Willis, who set the club record with 22 wins in 2005, and Carl Pavano — a winner of 18 games in 2004.

You have to go back to 1996-97 to find Marlins who finished with 16 or more wins. Alex Fernandez (1997) and Kevin Brown (1996) each had 17 wins in those respective seasons. Brown in 1997 won 16, while Al Leiter was a 16-game winner in 1996.

Last year, Ricky Nolasco finished with 15 wins. Josh Beckett (2005) and Ryan Dempster (2001) were the only other 15-game winners in franchise history.

Tuesday’s start also will have some financial implications for Johnson. It will be his 31st of the season, which means he will trigger a $25,000 incentive in his contract. Counting Tuesday, Johnson is slated to have three more starts this season. If he makes them all, he would earn another $25,000 in incentives for reaching 33.

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

 

 

Marlins Sunday lineup

The Marlins take the field on Sunday looking to claim the four-game series at Cincinnati.

Hot-hitting Chris Coghlan, despite being banged up with some bumps and bruises, will lead off.

1) Coghlan, LF

2) Johnson, 1B

3) Hanley, SS

4) Cantu, 3B

5) Uggla, 2B

6) Baker, C

7) Ross, CF

8) Carroll, RF

9) West, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

Marlins lineup Friday

The Marlins look to even their best-of-four series with the Reds on Friday in Cincinnati. Florida has lost nine straight at Great American Ball Park.

1) Coghlan, LF

2) Johnson, 1B

3) Hanley, SS

4) Cantu, 3B

5) Uggla, 2B

6) Baker, C

7) Ross, RF

8) Maybin, CF

9) VandenHurk, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

Nunez uncharacteristically wild

Some tension surfaced before Leo Nunez locked down his 22nd save of the season on Wednesday at St. Louis.

In the Marlins’ 5-2 win over the Cardinals, Nunez was uncharacteristically wild, hitting Ryan Ludwick and Albert Pujols with pitches before Matt Holliday bounced into a game-ending 4-6-3 double play.

Entering the ninth inning with a four-run lead, the Marlins went with reliever Brian Sanches, who retired Julio Lugo on a groundball to open the frame.

From there, the plot thickened when pinch-hitter Jason LaRue drew a walk after a 10-pitch showdown. Mark DeRosa’s double put runners on second and third, brining in Nunez.

Nunez’s first pitch was a fastball that plunked Ludwick on the hand, bringing up Pujols, who was promptly clipped by a changeup, drawing boos and jeers from the crowd.

“I tried to throw a fastball inside and it got away,” Nunez said through a translator. “The changeup to Pujols also went too far inside, but thank God everything came out well and I got a double play.”

Holliday bounced a fastball away to Dan Uggla at second base. The double play was turned easily, prompting Nunez to make an exuberant fist pump and point to the sky. Again, the crowd booed Nunez.

“We were trying to go in with a fastball on Ludwick,” said catcher John Baker, who noted he almost threw his shoulder out while celebrating the final outs. “We went too far in. We were trying to throw a changeup to Albert.”

In his first 68 appearances, Nunez only hit two batters. So striking two straight — back-to-back — was uncharacteristic.

“It’s probably more of a fluke than anything,” Baker said. “We’re not trying to hit Albert in that situation. We’re not trying to hit Ryan Ludwick to get to Albert Pujols with the bases loaded in the ninth inning with a four run lead. Common sense says that’s not we were trying to do. I think even Albert knew.”

– Joe Frisaro

 

Marlins lineup for Wednesday

In the series finale with the Cardinals on Wednesday, the Marlins returned catcher John Baker to the starting lineup. Ronny Paulino caught on Tuesday night.

1) Coghlan, LF

2) Johnson, 1B

3) Hanley, SS

4) Cantu, 3B

5) Uggla, 2B

6) Baker, C

7) Ross, RF

8) Maybin, CF

9) Johnson, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

Marlins Tuesday lineup

The Marlins will look to rebound in the second of three games at St. Louis on Tuesday night. Ronny Paulino is in the lineup against Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright. Paulino is 4-for-13 (.308) in his career.

Marlins

1) Coghlan, LF

2) Johnson, 1B

3) Hanley, SS

4) Cantu, 3B

5) Uggla, 2B

6) Ross, RF

7) Paulino, C

8) Maybin, CF

9) West, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

J.J. approaching incentives

When Josh Johnson takes the mound for Florida on Wednesday afternoon at St. Louis, it will mark the All-Star’s 30th start of the season.

Barring anything unforeseen — counting Wednesday — Johnson is slated to make four more starts this season. If he makes them all, he will finish with 33 on the year, which will translate into some more money for the 25-year-old.

As part of his $1.4 million contract for the season, Johnson has incentives of $25,000 for making his 31st and another $25,000 for reaching 33 starts. So he can collect another $50,000 total if he reaches 33.

After Wednesday, Johnson’s 31st start would be one of the double-header games with the Phillies next Tuesday, unless the team switches up the rotation.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez has already said the Marlins aren’t looking to shut down Johnson, even if the team is eliminated from playoff contention.

“We don’t want to pull the plug on him, because we’ve got to get him through those thresholds,” Gonzalez said recently. “We’ve got to keep an eye on those stressful innings.”

The team is being cautious with their franchise-caliber starter.

Johnson had Tommy John ligament replacement surgery in 2007, and he combined to throw 154 total innings in 2007-08. This year he is at 188 1/3 innings.

Johnson has not completed as many as seven full innings since he went 7 1/3 in beating the Rockies on Aug. 14. In two September starts, he has thrown five innings each.

– Joe Frisaro

 

Marlins-Cardinals lineups Monday

Despite being a little bit under the weather, Hanley Ramirez is in the Marlins lineup on Monday at St. Louis.

Ramirez has been bothered by flu-like symptoms, but he says he is fine to play.

Here are the lineups:

Marlins

1) Coghlan, LF

2) Johnson, 1B

3) Hanley, SS

4) Cantu, 3B

5) Baker, C

6) Uggla, 2B

7) Ross, RF

8) Maybin, CF

9) Nolasco, P

Cardinals

1) Schumaker, 2B

2) Lugo, SS

3) Pujols, 1B

4) Holliday, LF

5) Rasmus, CF

6) Ludwick, RF

7) DeRosa, 3B

8) LaRue, C

9) Wellemeyer, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

VandenHurk for Friday

With Chris Volstad struggling, the Marlins have decided to start right-hander Rick VandenHurk on Friday at Cincinnati.

Volstad would have been in line for that game, but the 22-year-old has been laboring of late. In Sunday’s loss to the Nationals, the right-handergave up five runs (four earned) in three innings. He walked five and gave up his 28th home run in 28 starts.

VandenHurk, meanwhile, last started on Sept. 8 at the Mets. His game was cut short due to tightness in his back, but he’s been throwing regularly and has felt fine.

VandenHurk is 2-2 with a 4.65 ERA in eight starts. In 40 2/3 innings, he’s struck out 39.

The plan for Volstad, and it could change depending on how the week goes, is to let him face batters in live batting practice on Saturday.

Volstad is striving to regain command of his sinker. The organization wants him to do so against hitters in a non-game situation.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez noted that could change based on availability of the pitching staff during the road trip, which began on Monday at St. Louis.

The Marlins will face the Reds in a four-game set beginning on Thursday.

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

 

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