Monday, April 5, 2010

Marlins Pick Up Where They Left Off

Whoa... what is this place? Sorry again for the HUGE lack of posting in recent months, but with baseball season starting up again today, I'll try to make this a more regular thing.

The Florida Marlins started off their 2010 World Series campaign today, and frankly, they picked up right where they left off last season by stranding a small village on the basepaths today against the Mets.

Last season, we noted the troubles the Marlins -- particularly Jeremy Hermida -- had at times with leaving runners on base when innings ended. Well, the Marlins got rid of Hermida in the offseason, however, in their season-opening 7-1 loss to the Mets, the Marlins still managed to leave seven men on base.

Josh Johnson didn't seem to have it today, as he labored through five innings of work, giving up four earned runs and struggling with a tight strike-zone compared to the one Johan Santana was afforded, but I won't get into that too much because the Marlins defense didn't help JJ's cause much, committing three errors on Monday afternoon.

But let us not approach the ledge just yet... after all, it was just the season-opener, and guys are still adjusting to from spring training. Let's just hope we don't have to bring back this image from last season, you know, except with someone other than Hermida.

Oh yeah, one more note before I leave you: since we noted the Marlins' struggles with stranding runners last season, but were too lazy to actually tally the totals each game and keep some sort of data -- that, and it was already mid-season by the time we noted those troubles -- we are going to attempt to keep track of the number of players the Marlins leave on the bases each game. Yes, it will be tedious, and could get difficult on the days where I am unable to watch the game due to other priorities, but I'm going to give it a shot.

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