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Marlins Friday lineup

Jorge Cantu is getting a breather on Friday night in Game 2 of a four-game set with the Mets.

The Marlins won 2-1 on Thursday night, and with a victory on Friday, they would even their record for the season.

 

 

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1) Angel Pagan, CF

2) Luis Castillo, 2B

3) Jose Reyes, SS

4) Jason Bay, LF

5) David Wright, 3B

6) Ike Davis, 1B

7) Jeff Francouer, RF

8) Rod Barajas, C

9) Oliver Perez, P

 

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1) Chris Coghlan, LF

2) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Dan Uggla, 2B

5) Cody Ross, RF

6) Wes Helms, 3B

7) Ronny Paulino, C

8) Cameron Maybin, CF

9) Anibal Sanchez, P

 

– Joe Frisaro

 

Marlins lineup vs. Cubs

Cameron Maybin is back in the lineup for the first time since last Saturday.

The Marlins beat the Cubs, 4-2, on Monday and on Tuesday they are sending Ricky Nolasco to the mound. Randy Wells is getting the nod for Chicago.

 

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1) Chris Coghlan, LF

2) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Jorge Cantu, 3B

5) Dan Uggla, 2B

6) John Baker, C

7) Cody Ross, RF

8) Cameron Maybin, CF

9) Ricky Nolasco, P

 

 

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1) Kosuke Fukudome, RF

2) Ryan Theriot, 2B

3) Marlon Byrd, CF

4) Derrek Lee, 1B

5) Aramis Ramirez, 3B

6) Alfonso Soriano, LF

7) Geovany Soto, C

8) Starlin Castro, SS

9) Randy Wells, P

 

– Joe Frisaro

 

Marlins-Nationals lineups Saturday

The Marlins and Nationals play their second of three games on Saturday afternoon at Nationals Park. Florida won 4-2 on Friday.

Josh Johnson gets the start for the Marlins, while the Nationals are going with lefty Matt Chico.

Before the game, the Marlins flipped Brett Carroll and Cody Ross in the field, not in the order. Carroll is playing right field to better take advantage of his strong arm. Ross is making his first start of the season in left field. 

 

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1) Cameron Maybin, CF

2) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Jorge Cantu, 3B

5) Dan Uggla, 2B

6) Ronny Paulino, C

7) Cody Ross, LF

8) Brett Carroll, RF

9) Josh Johnson, P

 

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1) Cristian Guzman, SS

2) Adam Kennedy, 2B

3) Ryan Zimmerman, 3B

4) Adam Dunn, 1B

5) Josh Willingham, LF

6) Willie Harris, RF

7) Roger Bernadina, CF

8) Wil Nieves, C

9) Matt Chico, P

 

– Joe Frisaro

 

Petersen to get call, Lamb designated

After Thursday night’s loss to the Giants, the Marlins announced they are designating Mike Lamb for assignment, and selecting the contract of Bryan Petersen.

Petersen, who was at Triple-A New Orleans, was added to the 40-man roster, in place of Lamb, who had been the lefty bat off the bench.

A left-handed hitter, Petersen enjoyed a strong Spring Training, and he is an option to bat at the top of the order.

The announcement was made on Thursday, and Petersen will join the team in Washington on Friday.

With Cameron Maybin struggling, Cody Ross may end up playing more in center field, with Petersen being an option to play right field.

Now that Lamb has been designated, Doug Mientkiewicz is someone to watch at Triple-A New Orleans. Mientkiewicz, signed recently to a Minor League deal, becomes an option to join the team as the left-handed bat off the bench.

Promoting Petersen also creates an opening for John Raynor to see playing time at New Orleans.

The surplus of outfielders the Marlins have in the organization increases the likelihood of a June trade for relief help. Early June remains a realistic target date to promote Mike Stanton.

– Joe Frisaro

 

Coghlan back leading off

With Cameron Maybin struggling to put the ball in play, the Marlins have flipped Chris Coghlan back to the leadoff spot. Coghlan, too, has has a rough year. But he has enjoyed his greatest success since joining the big leagues, and he is back in the No. 1 spot on Thursday in the series finale with the Giants.

1) Chris Coghlan, LF

2) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Jorge Cantu, 3B

5) Dan Uggla, 2B

6) John Baker, C

7) Cody Ross, CF

8) Brett Carroll, RF

9) Ricky Nolasco, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

Leadoff options? Maybe Bonifacio

On May 8, 2009, the Marlins promoted Chris Coghlan from Triple-A New Orleans in an attempt to upgrade production at the top of their order.

From an organizational standpoint, the decision was an easy one. Coghlan was batting .344 with a .418 on-base percentage after 96 at-bats for New Orleans. He initially slid into the No. 2 spot, but eventually secured the leadoff spot.

emilio-bonifacio-p1.jpgThe rest of the story, you already know. Coghlan became a terrific story. He caught fire in the second half, and won the N.L. Rookie of the Year, batting .321.

Almost a year later, the Marlins find themselves in a similar situation. Once again, theys are struggling to find consistency at the top of the order.

Coghlan opened the year in the leadoff spot, but he struggle and was swapped to second for Cameron Maybin. The trouble now is both Maybin and Coghlan are scuffling.

Maybin is batting .238 with a .304 on-base percentage. He’s having trouble with strikeouts, having fanned at least once in 16 straight games. He struck out twice on Wednesday night, and was pinch-hit for by Wes Helms in the late innings.

Coghlan, meanwhile, is hitting .180 with a .240 on-base percentage in 89 at-bats. Of late, he has not started against left-handed pitching, with Brett Carroll getting the nod. And manager Fredi Gonzalez has said it isn’t automatic that he will bat second when he is playing.

Gaby Sanchez may get more of a look at that spot.

The problem facing the Marlins is, what are the alternatives? Unlike last May, the organization doesn’t have a natural leadoff-type hitter tearing it up in the Minor Leagues.

One alternative is Emilio Bonifacio. Actually, bringing back Boni and playing him every day for a while leading off may be what the team decides. Bonifacio was optioned to Triple-A a few weeks back. He’s hit leadoff for the Zephyrs, playing a number of different positions.

On Wednesday night, Bonifacio started in center field, which may be a sign of what the Marlins are thinking. Boni, though, has struggled getting on base consistently in 18 games and 74 at-bats. His batting average is .257 with a .286 on-base percentage.

What works in Boni’s favor is his game-changing speed, and the fact the Marlins want to see if he can turn it around. So promoting him and giving him an opportunity may be what the team decides. That move may be coming quickly.

The Marlins have Minor League outfield depth, especially now that John Raynor was returned to the organization after he was released by the Pirates. Last December, Pittsburgh selected Raynor in the Rule 5 Draft. Since he was designated recently, he once again rejoins Florida. The Marlins did explore a trade with Pittsburgh, but nothing could be worked out.

Bryan Petersen is a talented speedster who someday projects to be in the mix to lead off for the Marlins. Petersen is enjoying a strong first half for New Orleans. But not being on the 40-man roster hurts his chances of a quick promotion. Bonifacio, on the 40-man roster, is more likely to get the call than Petersen or Raynor, who also isn’t on the 40-man roster.

The way Mike Stanton has been dominating at Double-A Jacksonville makes it highly likely he will get called up in early June. At that point, the organization will have to create space on the 40-man roster for Stanton.

With so many talented outfielders in their Minor League system, a trade is quite possible after June. Raynor, Petersen, Stanton and Scott Cousins are close to being big league ready.

Some have speculated that Dan Uggla could be dealt by the July 31 deadline. That is highly doubtful, because the Marlins are expecting to contend. Uggla is having a strong season, and it is unlikely he would be moved during the season. Now, after the year is over, that is certainly possible.

The Marlins traditionally have made their trades based on depth in the organization. There isn’t an automatic replacement for Uggla at second right now. Some say Coghlan, but he has one game at second since joining the big leagues. The team wouldn’t switch him there in midseason.

Cody Ross may become a trade option, if the team hopes to put Stanton in right field. Again, the Marlins are trying to win this year. Ross is a proven player.

The way things are shaping up now, Stanton would project to replace either Maybin or Coghlan, if neither has turned it around by June.

– Joe Frisaro
 

Marlins-Giants lineups for Tuesday

The Marlins face the Giants and two-time Cy Young award winner Tim Lincecum on Tuesday at Sun Life Stadium.

Anibal Sanchez makes the start for Florida.

 

 

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1)  Aaron Rowand, CF

2) Mark DeRose, LF

3) Pablo Sandoval, 3B

4) Bengie Molina, C

5) Aubrey Huff, 1B

6) Juan Uribe, SS

7) Nate Schierholtz, RF

8) Matt Downs, 2B

9) Tim Lincecum, P

 

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1) Cameron Maybin, CF

2) Chris Coghlan, LF

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Jorge Cantu, 3B

5) Dan Uggla, 2B

6) John Baker, C

7) Cody Ross, RF

8) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

9) Anibal Sanchez, P

 

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

Marlins lineup for Saturday

The Marlins look to snap their three-game losing streak on Saturday. Chris Volstad makes the start for Florida, with Washington going with Craig Stammen.

 

 

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1) Nyjer Morgan, CF

2) Adam Kennedy, 2B

3) Ryan Zimmerman, 3B

4) Adam Dunn, 1B

5) Josh Willingham, LF

6) Ivan Rodriguez, C

7) Cristian Guzman, SS

8) Roger Bernadina, RF

9) Craig Stammen, P

 

 

 

 

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1) Cameron Maybin, CF

2) Chris Coghlan, LF

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Jorge Cantu, 3B

5) Dan Uggla, 2B

6) John Baker, C

7) Cody Ross, RF

8) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

9) Chris Volstad, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

Marlins lineup for Friday

Cody Ross, after sitting out a few games with flu-like symptoms, is back on the starting lineup on Friday in the series opener with the Nationals.

The Marlins opened their homestand dropping two of three to the Padres.

 

 

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1) Nyjer Morgan, CF

2) Adam Kennedy, 2B

3) Ryan Zimmerman, 3B

4) Adam Dunn, 1B

5) Josh Willingham, LF

6) Ivan Rodriguez, C

7) Roger Bernadina, RF

8) Ian Desmond, SS

9) Scott Olsen, P

 

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1) Cameron Maybin, CF

2) Chris Coghlan, LF

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Jorge Cantu, 3B

5) Dan Uggla, 2B

6) Ronny Paulino, C

7) Cody Ross, RF

8) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

9) Ricky Nolasco, P

 

– Joe Frisaro

 

Taking their time with Stanton

Belt three homers and drive in seven in one game, and naturally you are going to draw attention.

Take it a step further, and hit five homers and knock in 11 in two games, and you have people wondering what is next.

What’s next for Mike Staton?

stanton3a4.jpgMore of the same.

The 20-year-old slugger is on a tear at Double-A Jacksonville. On Monday, he belted three homers in one game, driving in seven. Counting his two homers and four RBIs on Sunday, and you have five homers and 11 RBIs in two games.

Naturally, the Marlins are watching their top prospect with great interest. But the bottom line remains the same, the club is in no hurry to promote the 6-foot-5, 235-pounder.

Consider this fact, after 14 games he was batting .264 with four homers, nine RBIs with a .426 on-base percentage. He has walked 14 times and struck out 16 in 53 at-bats.

In a conversation late last week with Jim Fleming, the Marlins vice president of player development and scouting, he had this to say about Stanton:

“He’s doing fine. He’s not tearing it up. They’ve been pitching him very carefully as you might think. His at-bats are better. There are still some strikeouts. And more walks. We’re just trying to get him to have some consistent at-bats. So far, so good.”

In the three games since that conversation, Stanton has raised his average to .338 with nine home runs and 20 RBIs.

The impressive increase in production, however, doesn’t have the Marlins thinking about an immediate callup.

The scouting report on him is he is piecing his game together, bit by bit, but it isn’t quite there yet. What’s promising is how he is making the necessary strides to get better.

Another factor is the Marlins are above .500 after 20 games, and they are very much in the playoff picture.

There isn’t a need at this time. Granted, Chris Coghlan is struggling, but the Marlins aren’t about to send the 2009 NL Rookie of the Year to the Minors based on 20 games.

Yes, there are service time considerations. The Marlins know what they have in Stanton, and they know after late May or early June, he can be called up without pushing his arbitration process.

At that point, he wouldn’t qualify as a Super Two. That is an issue, because he wouldn’t reach his arbitration years after the 2012 season.

Money aside, not all 20-year-olds are ready. Granted, Jayson Heyward is off to a strong start with the Braves. But Heyward is the exception.

Heyward, right now, was ready. Stanton still is developing. He has 65 at-bats this season at Double-A, after 299 in 2009.

When Stanton was sent down in Spring Training, the team hoped he would tear up Double A for an entire season. They are hoping he would hit, say, 35 homers and knock in 100. They are looking at the big picture and how Stanton fits into their future.

Right now, Cody Ross is in right field, and he is more ready to help the Marlins win this season there than Stanton would.

The team also has seen the past three years what Cameron Maybin has gone through. Maybin was called up at age 20 by the Tigers, and after the 2007 season he was traded to the Marlins.

The Marlins recognized that Maybin needed more time in the Minor Leagues, where he spent most of 2008 and 2009. Maybin is getting better, and he’s still trying to let his game develop. But he’s doing so at age 23.

The hope is when Stanton is ready, he is ready to stay for the long haul. 

– Joe Frisaro

 

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