Solid Bullpen Can Keep Miami Marlins From Going Off Deep End
The Miami Marlins took three of four from the Colorado Rockies to start the season on the right foot. The Marlins will stay at home for a weekend series against the San Diego Padres and then will have Monday off. The three wins for Miami are not as surprising since the Rockies are not a great team on paper. One thing that stood out in the series was how stable the Marlins’ bullpen was for the most part.
Aside from Mike Dunn‘s earned run in 0.2 innings, Miami was pretty solid. Setup man A.J. Ramos picked up the win Thursday in a close one against the Rockies. He pitched 2.1 innings, striking out two batters and walking two batters. He did not allow a single run in the series. Ramos set it up twice for closer Steve Cishek, who brought home two saves in two innings of work with two strikeouts.
Needless to say, the part of the ‘pen that the Marlins are relying on to close the door really got it done.
The early part of the bullpen really helped out too. Kevin Slowey pitched in relief for Henderson Alvarez in the loss Wednesday. Slowey pitched a solid four innings of relief, striking out five, walking two batters and not allowing a run. Brad Hand, Dan Jennings and Carlos Marmol also held the Rockies scoreless in their appearances.
If Miami can be solid in the latter part of games, it could be the difference between 80 losses and 100-plus losses. So far, the bullpen has been really solid.