May 7, 2010
The Fish allowed a total of 18 runs in the three-game series versus the Giants and struggled with consistent pitching from both the starting rotation and bullpen. Anibal Sanchez posted a solid outing on Tuesday as he only gave up two earned runs and five hits in six innings. However, relievers Chris Leroux and Burk Badenhop allowed two and three earned runs, respectively, in their outings during the series-opener. Game two displayed better pitching performances by the Marlins, but a lack of offensive production against Gaints' starter Barry Zito, who became 5-0 after Wednesday's game. Lastly, Thursday's game was similar to the opener as starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco allowed three earned runs, but was followed by another poor Leroux performance (2 ER).
In essence, the Giants dominated the Marlins in frustrating fashion for Fish fans. At this point of the season, San Francisco is the better team and proved that with a convincing sweep. The Giants have now won seven of their last 10 games, while the Marlins are 3-7 in that stretch.
The Marlins have not necessarily gone on a formidable win streak this season, but will quickly refocus their attention to bouncing back before the division leads becomes out of reach. Expect stellar starts by the Marlins starters and an improved bullpen in the nation's capital. The bats will likely show up against a mediocre Nationals pitching staff. Last series between the Marlins and Nationals, Florida drove in 17 runs in three games. It's Washington's bats that the Marlins will need to worry about, as third baseman Ryan Zimmerman blasted two homers in the opening game of the last series.