Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Marlins Matching Game (Since Their Playoff Hopes are Almost Shot)

Let’s play a game, shall we?

I will give you guys two stat lines of two Marlins starting pitchers who pitched in Tuesday’s doubleheader against the Phillies at Land Shark Stadium. Then I will give you two pitchers to choose from, and you try to match the statistics to the pitcher. Sound good? Good.

The first line looks something like this:

5 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 10 K – 91 pitches, and a loss.

The second line is as follows:

8 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K – 110 pitches, and a win.

Now, the pitchers you get to choose from to matchup with these lines are Anibal Sanchez and Josh Johnson. I’ll even give you guys their season stats to make it a little easier on you.

Sanchez, for the season, is 3-7 with a 4.01 ERA.

Johnson, for the year, is 15-5 with a 3.12 ERA.

Alright, now make your guesses, folks, I’ll wait. And remember, no cheating.

Okay, times up, put your pencils down and pass your answers forward.

/collects answers.

//sorts through answers.

Hmm, that’s interesting, 93 percent of you (why 93 percent? Because that’s the number I made up for the purpose of this post) chose Josh Johnson to be responsible for that first pitching line. Well congratulations, you 93 percent would be absolutely correct wrong.

Shockingly, Johnson didn’t have a typical Johnson start in Game 1 of Tuesday’s doubleheader, and it resulted in a 9-3 Marlins loss. Instead, in Game 2, Sanchez had the dominant performance, which resulted in a 3-0 win for the team. I was as shocked as all of you were, and given the same choice, I would assume that Johnson had the eight-inning performance.

As a side note, with ten games left in the season, the Marlins currently have a less-than-.10 percent chance of winning the NL East and a .60 percent chance at taking the Wild Card. As they said in Galaxy Quest: Never give up! Never surrender! Basically, what it will take for the Marlins to make the postseason now is a Mets-esque meltdown from the Phillies, or Rockies and Giants.

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