The Florida Marlins bullpen is an absolute mess. Its written all over Manager Fredi Gonzálezs face whenever he needs to pull his starter and go to the pen. Basically, its like hes bringing in Wile E. Coyote to hold the lead, and he inevitably blows the stadium up with his Acme TNT kit. As a team, the bullpen has blown ten saves so far.
But if theres one silver lining in this crapstorm cloud, its been closer Leo Nunez. He hasnt blown a save since May 4, and his 2.19 ERA is third among NL closers. He also ranks seventh among closers in the National League. In other words, González needs to figure out a way to clone Nunez immediately. The misadventures of the Marlins bullpen continue this Saturday when they host the San Diego Padres at Sun Life Stadium (2269 Dan Marino Blvd., Miami Gardens). Theyll also feature a postgame fireworks show and a performance by rockers O.A.R. No word if Wile E. Coyote will supply the fireworks. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m., and tickets start at $9. Visit marlins.com.
Sat., June 26, 7:10 p.m., 2010