Saturday, May 23, 2009

The Answer to the Marlins Pitching Woes?

Who would have thunk it? Ross Gload pitched a scoreless ninth inning Saturday night versus the Tampa Bay Rays in an effort to stop the dismantling of the Marlins at 15 runs. This was the worst loss all season long and at the end of the day Marlins pitcher Ricky Nolasco was optioned to Triple A New Orleans for his erratic pitching thus far.

One thing is constant, and that is that the Florida Marlins have actually received good pitching outings from their position players in Cody Ross and Ross Gload. I'm not hinting that Freddi Gonzalez should add them to the bullpen, but if they aren't starting one night and you don't need their bats - don't be afraid of using their arms. 

The Marlins continue their epic struggles and it seems as though playing at Land Shark Stadium is not helping them out (maybe they feel like their in Margaritaville 24/7?). Out of the eight games they've played at home this week, they've only won two. And I hate to say it, but if you can't win at home how do you expect to win away?

There definitely needs to be some shake ups in the organization as I had previously hinted at. Whether its a change in manager, restructure of the batting lineup or a switch in the starting pitching rotation, the Fish need to wake up. This problem is more than just a "streak of bad luck," it's an internal problem that is impeding them from returning to their early season form.

On a good note, Dan Uggla and Cody Ross have picked up their offense in this home stretch and have taken the load off of Jorge Cantu. We'll see how the Marlins decide to use their newfound pitching phenoms Cody and Gload in their attempt to right the ship and turn their season around.     

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