Results tagged ‘ Stephen Strasburg ’

Gaby, Cody return to lineup

The Marlins lineup on Tuesday welcomed back two key position players. Gaby Sanchez (hamstring) and Cody Ross (stiff neck) will each start for the first time since last Thursday.

The Marlins open a three-game set at Nationals Park. Stephen Strasburg gets the start for Washington.

 

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1) Hanley Ramirez, SS

2) Logan Morrison, LF

3) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

4) Dan Uggla, 2B

5) Cody Ross, CF

6 ) Mike Stanton, RF

7) Wes Helms, 3B

8) Ronny Paulino, C

9) Anibal Sanchez, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

Marlins face Jimenez, Rockies

 Stephen Strasburg on Friday. Ubaldo Jimenez on Monday. The task doesn’t get any easier for the Marlins,w ho are looking to inch their way back into playoff contention.

The Marlins and Rockies open a four-game set at Sun Life Stadium on Monday. Anibal Sanchez takes the mound for Florida. Colorado is going with Jimenez, who carries a 15-1 record into the contest.

 

 

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1) Seth Smith, LF

2) Jonathan Herrera, 2B

3) Carlos Gonzalez, CF

4) Jason Giambi, 1B

5) Miguel Olivo, C

6) Brad Hawpe, RF

7) Ian Stewart, 3B

8) Clint Barmes, SS

9) Ubaldo Jimenez, P

 

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1) Emilio Bonifacio, LF

2) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Dan Uggla, 2B

5) Jorge Cantu, 3B

6) Cody Ross, CF

7) Mike Stanton, RF

8) Ronny Paulino, C

9) Anibal Sanchez, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

Marlins-Nationals lineups

Strasburg vs. Nolasco.

It’s one of the best pitching matchups of the season, and it gets underway in the first game of the second half for the Marlins.

Ricky Nolasco has won four straight for the Marlins, who draw the Nationals on Friday night. Rookie sensation Stephen Strasburg, with his 100 mph fastball, takes the mound for Washington.

The lone lineup change the Marlins are making is swapping Dan Uggla with Jorge Cantu. Uggla will bat fourth, with Cantu sliding to fifth.

 

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1) Nyjer Morgan, CF

2) Cristian Guzman, 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) Stephen Strasburg, P

 

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1) Chris Coghlan, LF

2) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Dan Uggla, 2B

5) Jorge Cantu, 3B

6) Cody Ross, CF

7) Mike Stanton, RF

8) Ronny Paulino, C

9) Ricky Nolasco, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

How JJ makes more of less

Even among power pitchers, Marlins ace Josh Johnson ranks up there with the best of him.

The 6-foot-7, 250-pound right-hander repeatedly brings the heat when he’s on the mound. His fastball, according to www.fangraphs.com, is the fourth highest on average of any starter in the big leagues. The average of all JJ’s fastballs this season is 94.6 mph.

 
JoshJohnsonawe.jpgPure heat, however, isn’t necessarily the formula for success. Yes, being overpowering enables a pitcher to get away with more mistakes. But to be truly the best of the best, Johnson is aware that he must be better at subtraction with his off-speed pitches.

A good sign for Johnson is when his slider is in the neighborhood of 85-86 mph. The thing with Johnson is, because he throws so hard, even his slider can be 90-91 mph.

Why the benefit of the 10 mph drop in speed off his fastball? Because it is harder to hitters to time.

A case in point came in Johnson’s last start, when he beat the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on June 10. In the first inning, JJ faced runners on second and third with two outs. On a 2-2 pitch, he struck out Jayson Werth with an 85 mph slider, after he threw a 96 mph fastball for a ball.

The more Johnson learns about subtracting on his slider, the better he will be. At 26, JJ is still learning the finer points of the game.

Hitters have shown they can foul off his 91 mph slider, running up JJ’s pitch count. When he gets them to wave at 85 mph, he becomes virtually unhittable.

A big reason why Nationals sensation Stephen Strasburg is so effective is he throws an 86 mph curveball to complement a 99 mph fastball.

JJ is very skilled at adjusting during games. He is working on spinning the baseball  more to reduce velocity. A good indicator on if it is working is if you see the velocity on his slider in the 85 mph range. 

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

Petersen, Dominguez in All-Star Game

A couple of potential future stars — or at least big league contributors — will be showcased on Saturday night in the Arizona Fall League.

Third baseman Matt Dominguez and outfielder Bryan Petersen have been selected to the East squad in the Rising Stars Showcase, which will be played at Surprise Stadium in Arizona.

The game, which starts at 8:15 p.m. ET, will be televised on the MLB Network. A live video feed also will be available on MLB.com.

In all 50 prospects will be on the two rosters.

All the Marlins prospects in Arizona are playing for the Mesa team.

Dominguez, 20, was the Marlins first-round pick in 2007. Petersen was selected in the fourth round that year.

Dominguez and Petersen were part of Double-A Jacksonville’s Southern League championship squad. Most likely, both will be in Spring Training with the Marlins.

Nationals prize prospect, Stephen Strasburg, the No. 1 overall pick in 2009, will also be on the East team.

The compete rosters are here:

http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/events/winterleagues/rising_stars.jsp

– Joe Frisaro

  

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