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How about Fredi for keeping Cody Ross batting 7th in the line-up while not moving Hermida down and keeping Uggla-Ross back to back in the line-up. After Uggla (whose been much more patient and getting on base all year despite his low average) drew a walk in the 9th, shouldn't it have been Ross up and not Hermida. I just don't know why if he was going to move Uggla up in the line-up he didn't move Ross up as well. Breaking up that tandem a game after they went back-to-back really doesn't sit well with me. Now without a move bringing Maybin or Carroll back up, who is going to replace Hermida when the team completely loses confidence in him... Bonifacio? I'm actually the last to judge Fredi harshly... I usually like to defend him b/c I think he is a good manager.. but he drop the ball on this one. Baseball is a very superstitious game.. you don't mess with something when its working.
Toggle Commented Aug 5, 2009 on The Blame Game at Fish Bytes
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Cantu has never played RF and he if his arm is a problem at 3B it would be worst in that position. Long term solution is the likely return of Cameron Maybin to CF and Ross back to RF. Uggla and Hermida shouldn't be back next year, Cantu could return to 1B if Johnson isn't re-signed and Bonifacio to 2B his natural position. Then a 3B would need to be signed or acquired. Then the defense looks good to me. Until then its going to be iffy.
Toggle Commented Aug 2, 2009 on The Bad With the Good at Fish Bytes
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I was one of the people who were just excited the Marlins made a move. I've always liked Johnson and he did well in his first game reaching base 5 times, however I knew it would be difficult for Cantu. His lingering arm injury and 3B not being his natural position how could you expect him to just go back across the diamond. The other problems include a lack of speed at the top of the line-up.. Coghlan has just above average speed and Johnson with his surgically repaired ankle certainly has trouble getting up the line. The Marlins will miss Bonifacio in the line-up everyday. Most fans seem to get on him because of his low OBP and his # of errors at 3B but realistically he has been playing great defensively at 3rd as of late and he has been scoring runs at an incredible rate when he does get on (which he has doen so more frequently)...The Marlins didn't get a chance to miss him yet because of Hanley getting beamed in the leg, but when his is absent from the line-up and Hanley goes back to being the fastest player in the line-up, he will surely be missed. Also.. sending BC to the minors gives the Marlins limited defensive outfield options. Ross is great defensivly in CF (his catch the other night was amazing). But LF is new to Coghlan and its too bad that can't be an excuse for Hermida in RF..(I really thought if the Marlins were going to add a position player it would have involved trading him away). Bottom-line: The Marlins couldn't afford (not because of money but because of the talent they would have to give up for most likely a rental player) to acquire a closer like Heath Bell or a 5th starter and they obviously could not buy themselves a player either. They gave up just one average prospect for Nick Johnson and he didn't cost them a cent more then the prorated minimum. They say sometimes the best things in life are free.. however I think the Marlins will continue to pay defensively with this acquisition.
Toggle Commented Aug 2, 2009 on The Bad With the Good at Fish Bytes
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