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There were 19 games left in the season going into Monday night’s series opener with the Cardinals, and the Fish were well aware that every game from there on out needed to be played as though it was game seven of the World Series, if they are to have any hope of winning the Wild Card.*
It was fitting that Sean West took the mound Tuesday night with the song “Hero” blaring through the stadium speakers. After a road trip that, well, sucked, a hero was just what the Marlins were in need of. Or, if you prefer to be less melodramatic about the game of baseball, at the very least the team was in need of a starter who could go more than four innings, and get through the first without giving up three or four runs.
Fredi pulled Lindstrom for Leo Nunez, and Leo must have wanted to make Chris Sampson feel a little better about his rough sixth inning, so he balked in a run before recording the save for the Marlins.
In other late-breaking news, the Marlins and Ricky Nolasco won game two against the Orioles, extended the team’s winning streak to four games, and are a game over .500.
HLD&S EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT
After four straight losses it appears Volstad may be back, folks. Chris went six innings, giving up three runs on five hits and earning his first win in nearly a month. And while Volstad was busy remembering how to put together a quality start, Hanley Ramirez was working on a little memory-jog of his own, at last recalling how to hit for power. Nothing says “Happy Father’s Day, Fish fans” like the first HanRam home run in 101 at-bats.
It has taken nearly 24 hours for my blood to return to its normal temperature after last night’s heartbreaking loss to Philadelphia, but I am at last calm. (Ohhhmmmmm. Happy thoughts.)
- I was right there in the thick of things, and yes, it sucked real bad. It was horrific to watch. I was crushed. Livid. Devastated. Infuriated. There is no excuse in the world for seven runs in 2/3 of an inning. And yet I I’m not interested in railing on Matt Lindstrom right now. He was awful, he didn’t have it, and I’m sure nobody in the world feels as miserable about last night as he does (except, uh, maybe Josh Johnson). As skeptical as I may be about Lindstrom closing, last night was not normal.
- I’m loving the referral of last night’s win as a Phils comeback. COMEBACK??? News flash, they didn’t “come back.” They kind of just stood still, yawning, and watched as Lindstrom work supremely hard to extract the failure from them. Rookies division Little Leaguers could’ve done the same thing the Phils did with what Matty was tossing last night. So can this “triumphant comeback” crap and go buy our closer dinner.
- I don’t have much patience for fans nut jobs who call in to sports radio and bellow for Fredi’s head after every heartbreaking loss or three-game skid. Chillax, people. The season is 16 games old. And even if I don’t agree with every single thing Fredi does, the thing is, he gets to manage, not me. Having said that, though, I personally think his patience should have run out when Matt walked Rollins with the bases loaded to put the Phils within a run. At that point, it isn’t showing a lack of confidence in your closer by pulling him. It’s acknowledging that something is way off, and not allowing things to get any further out of hand. It’s about giving your team every chance to win. I thought it was unfair to JJ, the Marlins, the fans, and–maybe most of all–Matt Lindstrom, to leave him in the game that long. If it was about a learning experience, well, I’m almost positive he had learned plenty before giving up that grand slam to Victorino.
- You know your pitcher is doing terribly when Renyel Pinto warming up in the bullpen seems to shine as a beacon of hope in the midst of your angst. Yeah, that means things are really, really bad.
- Settle in for the long haul, people. The three words that chill Fish fans to the bone have been uttered: He’s. Our. Guy. That’s right. We’ve heard those words for the last three years– with Jorge Julio, Armando Benitez, Kevin Gregg and now Matt Lindstrom. If you’re not a Marlins fan, allow me to translate: “We will keep trotting Matt out there in every single save situation, no matter how horrendous a job he does, unless a) his life is in danger due to the hellish fury of fans, b) we realize our mistake and can find any excuse (chipped fingernail, common cold, stubbed toe) to put him on the DL and pretend his injury is the reason he’s no longer pitching, not his putridness, or c) both his arms fall off.
- Call me crazy, but I’m almost looking forward to Lindstrom’s next save opportunity. I’m kind of intrigued to see where Matt goes from here. I mean, clearly we’ve seen his worst possible performance, so it’s all uphill now, right? (right?)