FirstLook: Marlins vs. Rockies, 6.6.15

After another Deadie Butler pummeling last night, the Marlins and the tarp are back for more today. Chris Rusin will be attempting to keep the ball within county lines. We’ve put two opposing players on top of the HR distance board THIS WEEK. Giancarlo Stanton blasted a ball 484’last night, taking the lead from Joc Pederson who drilled one 480′ on Tuesday. Stanton now has 5 of the top 10 HR distances this season. (Our lead image is from the New York Daily News, April 18, 1953.)

Announcers have been purring about Arenado’s home/away splits and him hitting better on the road, but I think the real split is day/night. He seems to see the ball better, and square the ball up better. Arenado during daylight hours:
.378 BA, ,784 SLG, 1.189 OPS, 8 HR, 24 RBI, BABip .323 (almost 100 pts higher)

We’re sitting Tulo again. Personally, I’ll take a full season with programmed rest days at this point. Descalso will be shifting around at SS today. Wilin Rosario gets a start a 1B, he’s the only guy on the roster with a hit against Phelps.

Interesting comments from CarGo last night on the rain (from Thomas Harding article):
“It’s almost like every time we play at home, it’s a disaster,” Gonzalez said. “It’s raining. We have to sit here for an hour every time. You lose your momentum. The fans leave. You feel like you’re playing on your own.
“It’s been hard. You either play two games or you play ’til 1 in the morning. It’s hard on everybody. I hate looking for excuses. I don’t expect anybody to say, ‘Poor CarGo.’ But it’s been hard.
“I thought it was going to be different this homestand. I thought the rain was going to go away and the cold weather, whatever. But it’s been the case the whole season. Hopefully it gets better.”

We complained about CarGo firing a lot, but the numbers show he’s best in early counts. Not that great on first pitch, but batting .375 on 1-0, and .500 on 0-1. He’s been horrific with 2 strikes, .128.

Rusin needs to put in innings. Both Bergman and Friedrich went an inning last night. Rockies starters are dead last in IP, albeit we are a couple starts short with the rainouts.

David Phelps, formerly of the Yankees, hasn’t won a game in nearly a month, and he’s only lasted more than 6 IP twice this season. Don’t get too excited, he’s been fairly solid despite not getting wins. After a dip in velocity last year, he’s back up to 90.8 mph. His first pitch strike percentage is at 66..4%, and he keeps the ball on the ground at 41.6%. He’s only got one career start at Coors, not much to go on.

Yes, that’s the real Jeff Baker at 1B hitting cleanup. He’s gonna kill us today just to prove a point. The other development is Jeff Mathis behind the plate, back after a broken finger sustained on April 12.

Miami Marlins
2B: Dee Gordon
3B: Martin Prado
RF: Giancarlo Stanton
1B: Jeff Baker
CF: Marcell Ozuna
LF: Christian Yelich
C: Jeff Mathis
SS: Adeiny Hechavarria
SP: David Phelps

Rockies
CF: Charlie Blackmon
2B: DJ LeMahieu
3B: Nolan Arenado
RF: Carlos Gonzalez
1B: Wilin Rosario
C: Michael McKenry
SS: Daniel Descalso
LF: Brandon Barnes
SP: Chris Rusin

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sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago

Cargo has a pulse – that could really give Rockies some flexibility moving forward.

That LeMahieu kid is just fundamentally sound.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
5 years ago

Pretty obvious Betancourt shouldn’t be pitching high pressure situations anymore. Very grateful we had an 8 run lead.

Gary
Gary
5 years ago
Reply to  ProgMatinee

Lets hope our other 40+ reliever comes back with renewed vigor.

Doctor_Christopher
Doctor_Christopher
5 years ago

Okay, I need to get back to participating in the chat because its far more fun to interact with others while watching baseball (okay, listening tonight and using At-Bat to keep up to date). Especially when they play great. I think Betencourt needs to see a different ENT specialist so he can healthy! And Chris Russin! Stanton has NEVER been Kd 4X by the same pitcher in one game. Look, they pointed out he is far more aggressive than at… Read more »

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
5 years ago

Hey Doc, back across the pond in the mother country? Oxford?

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Dr. C., I like it! I was listening as Rusin K’d Stanton the 3rd time, didn’t know he got him yet again. Rusin has been a breath of fresh air — throwing strikes, a guy without a lot of MLB experience, but finally a pitcher who seems to know what he’s doing out there, setting up guys not just within at bats, but also showing some different things the first, second, third time against the same hitter. (If only DLR… Read more »

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
5 years ago

Nice game today. Team is showing some progress and promise. If only we could put together a decent win streak instead of all these splits there would be a chance to get back in this thing. Regardless, a lot better than where we were a month ago.

Gary
Gary
5 years ago
Reply to  Bob in Indy

Biggest problem is the teams right above us also playing better,especially SD which makes it harder to move up.I like the Rusin/Hale/Bettis moves despite the injury situations that precipitated them.If Dickerson can come back healthy I might stay foolishly optimistic about my hopes for a 81-81 season.

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
5 years ago
Reply to  Gary

True, Gary, and everyone in the division won last night so the only gain by winning was not falling one game further back.

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