Know Your Foe #7: Sizzling Fish Hoping for 2010 Repeat vs. Rockies in Miami

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - APRIL 21: Mike Stanton (Giancarlo Cruz) #27 of the Florida Marlins is congratulated by Hanley Ramirez #2 and Gaby Sanchez #15 after hitting his first home run of the year during a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Sun Life Stadium on April 21, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Florida Marlins (11-6, 2nd in the NL East)

2010 Record vs. Colorado: 4-3

Last Series vs. Rockies: July 19-22, 2010 (W 3-1 at Joe Robbie Stadium Pro Player Park Dolphin Stadium Dolphins Stadium Land Shark Stadium Sun Life Stadium)

Despite being outscored 39-26, the Marlins were able to fend off the Rockies in 2010 on their way to taking the season series. The best game of the year between the two teams took place on July 19th in Miami, which saw the Fish blow a 7-4 lead in the eighth inning as Ian Stewart (solo) and especially Jonathan Herrera (three-run) provided rare road magic in the form of home runs. However, the Marlins would match Herrera's unlikely magic with some of their own, as utility infielder Donnie Murphy victimized Huston Street for a walk-off home run. The Rockies followed that up with a 10-0 victory (their second and final win on an ugly eastern road trip), but the Fish were able to bounce back and take the final two games of the series behind strong pitching from Ricky Nolasco (8 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 8 K) and Josh Johnson (6.1 IP, 5 H, R, 11 K). Offensively, the Rockies held Florida's star shortstop Hanley Ramirez relatively in-check, but were taken to the cleaners by Gaby Sanchez and Mike Stanton, each of whom had four hits and a big three-run homer in the series.

Latest Series Results: Split 1-1 at Philadelphia, W 3-0 vs. Pittsburgh

The Marlins have won 6 of 7 overall, despite recently losing Logan Morrison (1.060 OPS, .452 wOBA, 179 wRC+) for 2 to 4 weeks and a very sluggish start by Ramirez (who is by far their best player overall). Morrison's absence has been covered nicely by Emilio Bonifacio (six for his last nine at the plate) and Scott Cousins, who hit his first big league homer yesterday in the form of a grand slam. Plus, their greatest strength - the starting rotation - is never anything to sneeze at (although Javier Vazquez and Chris Volstad have been roughed up a bit lately).

Arguably the biggest thing to watch, though, is how the Rockies fare against a Florida bullpen that is almost entirely made up of former San Diego Padres. As good as Ryan Webb, Edward Mujica, and Clay Hensley have been throughout their careers (each guy has an ERA+ well north of 100), the Rockies have always seemed to have their number (each allowing a tOPS+ of greather than 100) - and, being that they're relievers, a lot of the damage has seemingly been done in high-leverage situations.

See what the Marlins' SBN community, Fish Stripes, has to say about the upcoming series.

Pitching matchups and other pertinent information after the jump...

Friday through Sunday: 3-game series at Sun Life Stadium

Expected Pitching Matchups
Friday, April 22, 2011 @ 5:10 PM MT

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Jhoulys Chacin 3-0 3 3 1 1 0 0 22.0 18 5 4 0 6 14 1.64 1.09


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Anibal Sanchez 0-1 3 3 0 0 0 0 16.1 26 10 10 2 7 17 5.51 2.02


Saturday, April 23, 2011 @ 5:10 PM MT

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Esmil Rogers 2-1 5 3 0 0 0 0 16.0 17 12 12 3 7 11 6.75 1.50


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Javier Vazquez 1-1 3 3 0 0 0 0 13.1 19 14 11 2 11 6 7.42 2.25


Sunday, April 24, 2011 @ 11:10 AM MT

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Ubaldo Jimenez 0-1 2 2 0 0 0 0 11.0 13 10 9 3 3 7 7.36 1.45


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Josh Johnson 3-0 4 4 0 0 0 0 27.0 10 5 3 1 6 27 1.00 .59

 

Expected Lineup

Player Pos AVG OBP SLG wOBA wRC+
HR RBI
Chris Coghlan CF .279 .347 .426 .336 104 1 8
Omar Infante 2B .214 .263 .271 .240 42 0 4
Hanley Ramirez SS .222 .354 .296 .289 74 0 7
Gaby Sanchez 1B .328 .405 .453 .382 134 1 7
Greg Dobbs 3B .370 .400 .519 .398 144 1 7
Mike Stanton RF .231 .362 .462 .366 124 1 4
John Buck C .246 .281 .393 .290 75 1 9
Emilio Bonifacio LF .324 .375 .378 .354 116 0 2

 

Bench

Player Pos AVG OBP SLG wOBA wRC+
HR RBI
Brett Hayes C .600 .600 1.200 .772 386 1 4
Wes Helms IF .278 .316 .389 .313 89 0 0
Donnie Murphy Util .121 .194 .152 .170 -3 0 3
Scott Cousins OF .267 .313 .533 .351 114 1 4

Closer

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Leo Nunez 0-0 9 0 0 0 5 0 9.0 7 2 2 1 3 7 2.00 1.11

 

Injuries

Florida Marlins Injuries

15-Day

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Logan Morrison foot 04/20/2011

60 Day DL / Out for the season

Player Injury Type Injury Date
John Baker elbow 03/30/2011

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