Results tagged ‘ Alex Gonzalez ’

Marlins look to end slide

After losing a tough, 2-1, decision in 11 innings on Monday, the Marlins look to bounce back on Tuesday against the Braves at Turner Field.

Florida has dropped four of five on the road trip, and they are 77-79 with six games to go.

 

 

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1) Emilio Bonifacio, SS

2) Cameron Maybin, CF

3) Logan Morrison, LF

4) Dan Uggla, 2B

5) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

6) Chad Tracy, 3B

7) Mike Stanton, RF

8) Brad Davis, C

9) Anibal Sanchez, P

 

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1) Omar Infante, 2B

2) Jason Heyward, RF

3) Brian McCann, C

4) Derrek Lee, 1B

5) Melky Cabrera, LF

6) Alex Gonzalez, SS

7) Brooks Conrad, 3B

8) Rick Ankiel, CF

9) Tim Hudson, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

Marlins-Braves Sunday lineups

Josh Johnson takes the mound on Sunday as the Marlins look to take the series with the Braves at Turner Field.

The teams split the first two games in Atlanta. Derek Lowe will pitch for the Braves.

Cameron Maybin was given a day off to get Emilio Bonifacio some playing time.

 

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1) Emilio Bonifacio, CF

2) Logan Morrison, LF

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Dan Uggla, 2B

5) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

6) Chad Tracy, 3B

7) Mike Stanton, RF

8) Brad Davis, C

9) Josh Johnson, P

 

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1) Omar Infante, 2B

2) Jason Heyward, RF

3) Martin Prado, 3B

4) Brian McCann, C

5) Eric Hinske, 1B

6) Alex Gonzalez, SS

7) Melky Cabrera, LF

8) Rick Ankiel, CF

9) Derek Lowe, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

Marlins-Braves lineup Saturday

Ricky Nolasco returns to the mound on Saturday after being scratched from one start due a medial meniscus tear in his right knee.

Nolasco has won nine of his last 11 starts, and he takes the mound for the Marlins at Turner Field. Atlanta is going with Tim Hudson.

 

 

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1) Cameron Maybin, CF

2) Logan Morrison, LF

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Dan Uggla, 2B

5) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

6) Chad Tracy, 3B

7) Emilio Bonifacio, RF

8) Brett Hayes, C

9) Ricky Nolasco, P

 

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1) Omar Infante, 2B

2) Jason Heyward, RF

3) Martin Prado, 3B

4) Brian McCann, C

5) Derrek Lee, 1B

6) Matt Diaz, LF

7) Alex Gonzalez, SS

8) Melky Cabrera, CF

9) Tim Hudson, P

 

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

 

Marlins open crucial series

After taking two of three from the Mets in New York, the Marlins are two games above .500 as they open a three game series at Atlanta.

The Marlins are 8 1/2 in back of the Braves in the NL East, and they’re six games out in the Wild Card chase.

“The way I see it, and pretty much the way the whole team sees it, every game is important to us, regardless of it we play the Braves or any other team,” manager Edwin Rodriguez said. “We had a very good series in New York. I think we have the momentum going our way. This is the time, we’re playing the teams that are ahead of us.

“If we have a very good series here, we’re going to start putting some pressure on the teams above us.”

MARLINS

1) Cameron Maybin, CF
2) Logan Morrison, LF
3) Hanley Ramirez, SS
4) Dan Uggla, 2B
5) Gaby Sanchez, 1B
6) Chad Tracy, 3B
7) Emilio Bonifacio, RF
8) Brad Davis, C
9) Chris Volstad, P

BRAVES

1) Omar Infante, 2B
2) Jason Heyward, RF
3) Martin Prado, 3B
4) Brian McCann, C
5) Derrek Lee, 1B
6) Eric Hinske, LF
7) Alex Gonzalez, SS
8) Rick Ankiel, CF
9) Tommy Hanson, P

– Joe Frisaro

Where would Stanton hit?

At Double-A Jacksonville, Mike Stanton is tearing it up batting third in the Suns’ lineup.

The 20-year-old power-hitting prospect is one of the top Minor League stories of the season. The right fielder has 15 home runs and 35 RBIs in 29 games.

stantonJax12.jpgThe earliest he is expected to arrive at the big league level is late May or early June, or basically shortly after players no longer qualify as a Super Two in the arbitration process.

As a big leaguer, Stanton projects to hit cleanup, but probably not from Day One.

Whenever the 6-foot-5, 230-pounder is promoted to the big leagues, manager Fredi Gonzalez will figure out where he will hit in the order.

Managers typically are careful with young players, not putting them in prime spots — like third or fourth — initially. When Miguel Cabrera was promoted from Double-A to the big leagues at age 20, he batted eighth (behind Alex Gonzalez) in his first game. Eventually, Cabrera moved up to seventh, and by the World Series he was hitting cleanup.

A logical spot for Stanton to open in would be sixth, behind Dan Uggla. That would create a scenario where Hanley Ramirez bats third, Jorge Cantu fourth, Uggla fifth and then Stanton.

A bolder move could be to hit Stanton second, ahead of Ramirez. The Marlins top of the order hasn’t been consistent. While Stanton doesn’t profile to hit second long-term it could be something to consider, even though he will strike out a bit.

But being ahead of Ramirez may create more pitches for Stanton to hit. And if he walks, he wouldn’t be a base clogger, because he runs pretty well.

Stanton has a .493 on-base percentage right now at Double-A in 107 at-bats. He has walked 29 times with 32 strikeouts.

If Stanton starts off hitting sixth, he certainly would provide power in the lower half of the lineup.

What the Marlins would like to see foremost is Stanton continue to show he is big league ready. So when he does arrive, Gonzalez will have the luxury of simply having him in the lineup — no matter where he winds up hitting.

– Joe Frisaro

 

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