Emilio Bonifacio might have people confused as to how to spell his name, but by season’s end he may be a household name for Marlin fans.
He is not going to put up gaudy power numbers, but he has lots of flash with his sizzling speed and strong defense. In fact, just looking at him, he reminds of another Marlins switch hitting infielder – Luis Castillo.
Watching Bonifacio’s swing and the way he runs the bases is eerily similar to the Marlins ex-second baseman. The question is, will he be able to keep it up for the entire season?
This is Opening Day, however, and such questions are realistically going to be answered, let alone asked. Today is a day to celebrate the start of baseball and the impending arrival of summer. The Marlins won big today, 12-6 over the Nationals, and Bonifacio was a star today stealing 3 bases and getting 4 hits – including an inside the park home run (the first since Carl Yazstremski did it in 1968 to open a season).
The Marlins scored runs with “small ball”, too. They bunted, they sacrificed, they did better in situational hitting. All the things you want to see this team add to their arsenal from last year. If this team can cut down on their strike outs and put the ball in play more, they may have a more consistent run producing offense. Still, the Marlins hit 4 home runs today along with a Hanley Ramirez grand slam.
Opening Day Success
The Marlins are now 9-8 all time on opening day. Has it really been that long now?
Old Blood Returns
Tomorrow’s matchup will be Scott Olsen vs. Josh Johnson. It is still amazing to me how quickly Double J made it back from TJ surgery. And in the opposite direction, it is almost as amazing to me how quickly Olsen’s velocity has tailed off (no pun intended) – but that is always something that gives the Marlins offense fits. And will Scottie O be up for this game? You bet.