Marlins Hold On For 7-6 Win Despite Bullpen Issues

by Terry Bender

The Florida Marlins hung on for a 7-6 win last night at Citi Field in New York, despite a major letdown in the bullpen.  Starting pitching Ricky Nolasco pitched a gem, allowing only one run in the first inning of play.  Nolasco did walk the first two batters to start the seventh inning, but once he was replaced, the implosion started.

When Nolasco came out, Renyel Pinto gave up a single, then beaned a batter, and finally walked in a run.  After that, Jose Veras came in, and the wheels started to fall off.  I had to turn the game off when Veras let the game become tied at 6, and to be honest I didn’t stay up for the Marlins 10th inning win, mostly in part of my protest to the bullpen’s efforts, (or lack of.)

If the Marlins want to be a serious contender, the bullpen needs to improve. But I won’t harp on them after one bad outing, okay, two.  They are 1-1, but keep in mind they played the Mets, who nobody expects to do too much this year.  Keep in mind we faced their ace, Johan Santana, on opening day, and keep in mind, these games were on the road.  That in mind, I must give props when they are due, and there were three homers yesterday by the Fish.  Hanley Ramirez, Dan Uggla, and Jorge Cantu all went deep.  But that’s expected, at times, from the three best hitters on the squad.  At any rate, the Marlins are 1-1 and will have their home opener versus the Dodgers, (who are somehow 0-2 versus the lowly Pirates to start the year) on Friday night.

Other Miami Sports News…

Jason Taylor, who was the face of the Dolphin franchise for the better part of the last decade, visited the arch rival New York Jets on Wednesday.  Whether he signs with the Jets or not remains to be determined, but his visit shows the team here he wants to play, and he isn’t willing to wait around for the Dolphins.  The Dolphins don’t really respect Taylor, in my opinion, and what he has done for the Dolphin franchise is nothing short of amazing.  Sign the guy or watch him terrorize you next year, Mr. Parcells.