They get swept by their rival Phillies and now the Cardinals come to down and shut them out. Not a great way to start this series against another playoff contender and it seems as if the Marlins’ hopes of getting to the postseason are dimming.
Sure, there is plenty of baseball left, and there is time to win this weekend series against the Redbirds, but with a 7-0 onslaught it sure doesn’t feel good for the Fish right now.
The Bob Davidson fiasco aside, the Phillies just kept making plays to keep the Marlins at bay and hold them down in frustration. Tonight, it seemed as if the Marlins offense never showed up – nor, for that matter, did their pitching. The relief pitching is very tenuous right now, having put in a lot of work against the Phillies, and being short on personnel.
Rick Nolasco was flat, lasting only 5 innings after previously winning his last three games. His record is now 12-8 on the season. The Cardinals, however, got everything they wanted tonight. They got a home run from Albert Pujols and a 16th win for Adam Wainwright – who had the Marlins hitters stifled all night and gave up just two hits.
Is it the case that Bob Davidson’s horrible call has derailed the Marlins? They have to find a way to bounce back and start one game at a time at this point.