Tuesday, June 08, 2010
The Florida Marlins have been quietly trying to assemble a winning combination on the field for some time now. The signing of Josh Johnson in the off season to a multi year deal was the first step. Having outstanding infielders, Hanley Ramirez, Dan Uggla, and Jorge Cantu in the mix doesn’t hurt either.
We may see the missing link to Florida’s woes against the Phillies tonight. Someone who is advertised as a power hitter and someone who is only 20 years old, Michael Stanton. This player actually has two names, ‘Giancarlo Cruz-Michael Stanton’ is how Baseball-Reference has his name listed on his player profile page.
In Stanton’s brief minor league career, he has blazed a path of home run hitting excess and with his age, this is a pretty rare event. As an 18 year old player in the minors, Stanton hit 39 HR on the season in minor league ball.
The Marlins have lost 6 of 7 games on this road trip, they just got swept by the NY Mets in New York and they are hungry for a win.
The Phillies again had no support for Cole Hamels last night, even as Cole brought a ‘no hitter’ into the 7th inning before giving up back-to-back home runs. The pinch hitting duo of Dobbs and Gload, continued to be horrible as both made outs when they got their chance to bat.
The ‘new era’ Marlins are facing Kyle Kendrick and the Phillies at 7:05 PM tonight at Citizen’s Bank Park.