After another miserable start, the Marlins have optioned Chris Volstad to AAA. Gaby Sanchez was also sent down and two relievers, likely a Luis Ayala and Tim Wood will be called up (DStro with that scoop). What is unclear is who will take Volstad’s start spot. Burke Badenhop could be back or perhaps the Fish will be able to acquire Brad Penny.
- Today's #Marlins lineup vs. #Mets: Coghlan LF, Gload 1B, Ramirez SS, Cantu 3B, Uggla 2B, Ross CF, Hermida RF, Paulino C, Johnson P #
- For those wondering about recent surge in Tweets on Fish@Bat, thanks to @MLB for including twitter functionality in MLB.TV #
- Hanley Ramirez gets his 40th hit of the month. #mets v #marlins #
- RT @nonohitters Hanley Ramirez hits a 1st-inning single off Mike Pelfrey to bump ocount up to 7,609 #Mets games without a no-hitter. #
- Once inning in the books and the Fish have already left 3 runners on base. #mets v #marlins #
- #Mets take a 1-0 lead on a Tatis double. This guy loves to hit against the Fish and JJ. #mets v #marlins #
- Another run in: 2-0 #Mets. #mets v #marlins #
- Nice double play on bunt ends the inning. #mets v #marlins #
- Tommy Hutton: "Hanley is making this hitting thing look easy" #mets v #marlins #
- Here comes the rain #mets v #marlins #
- Cody Ross brings in Hanley and Uggla. Game tied at 2. #mets v #marlins #
- Paulhino 2-run HR. 4-2 #marlins #
- Fish win. 5-3 over the #Mets. JJ now 13-3, Nunez gets 17th save. #mets v #marlins #
As expected, the Marlins placed Nick Johnson on the DL with a right hamstring strain retroactive to August 17. Details on a call-up soon.
Also, in tonight’s win against the Mets, John Baker left the game with a stiff back. He is listed as day-to-day.
- Good News — Badenhop should be back very soon; Bad news — Need him back because #Marlins starters not going deep enough in games #
- Idiots at @ESPN want to contract the #Marlins. Seriously. http://bit.ly/1QMc9 #
- #Mets Johan Sentana scratched from Tuesday's start against the #Marlins. Fish will face Nelson Figueroa instead. #
- Speaking of #Mets players, the #Marlins may also be interested Billy Wagner #
- Anibal Sanchez no hitter broken in the 6th. At 80 pitches – does he get another inning from Fredi? #marlins v #braves #
- Hermida homers! #Marlins up 2-0 in the top of the 7th. #marlins v #braves #
- Helms doubles so Sanchez will stay in the game and lay down a bunt.
#marlins v #braves #
- …and a good bunt at that #marlins v #braves #
- Hanley — Gone! 5-0 Fish. #marlins v #braves #
- Bad wind and rain hitting Atlanta… and we're in a rain delay #marlins v #braves #
- Great throw by Cody Ross to throw out a greedy Adam Laroche. #Marlins win 5-3. #
The Marlins have activated Anibal Sanchez and he will start Friday’s game in Atlanta. Cristhian Martinez was sent down.
The New York Post is suggesting that the Marlins may be looking for another hitter and Gary Sheffield may be a good fit:
Sheffield, who went 3-for-5 with two doubles and two RBIs in the Mets’ eight-run, 10-hit fourth inning, has been taking care of himself and his teammates all season. He’s batting .290 with 10 homers and 43 RBIs in 245 at-bats. He certainly would be a formidable weapon for a contender in need of a right-handed bat.
According to industry sources, Florida and Texas are in search of such a commodity. As an NL team, the Marlins, for whom Sheffield played from 1993 to 1998, would get their shot at a claim before the Rangers.
While I think the Fish may be better off with another starting pitcher, the choices are slim. Despite the latest offensive surge, having another clutch hitter could be very helpful.
Early on, O’Bannon was befriended by a soft-spoken Findlay salesman named Eric Ludwick, who could understand his pain like few others. Ludwick, who had been at Findlay for two years when O’Bannon showed up, was a former UNLV pitcher who spent parts of four seasons in the major leagues. Like O’Bannon, he entered pro ball as a phenom — he was a second-round draft pick in 1993 and was once traded for Mark McGwire — and like O’Bannon, he had been forced to go overseas, in his case to Japan, to make a living after flaming out in the United States.
Don’t remember Ludwick? He was one of many players to cycle through the organization in the post 1997 World Series fire sale (he was acquired in exchange for Kurt Abbott). His brother Ryan Ludwick has turned out to be a good ball player.
You can read more about him in our 1998 posts here.