The Miami Marlins have a solid bullpen. Steve Cishek is becoming a pretty good closer while A.J. Ramos is becoming a solid eighth-inning guy. Ramos is going to get even more playing time now because the organization has to address the poor relief pitching of lefty Mike Dunn.
With the game tied in the bottom of the eighth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies Sunday, Dunn faced second baseman Chase Utley. Utley then launched a solo home run off Dunn, giving the Phillies the win and handing Miami its seventh straight loss. The Marlins have not won a game since their opening week home stand.
Dunn is not having a good start to the season. The lefty specialist is having opponents tee off of him. His batting average against is .320 as he has allowed four earned runs in 5.2 innings this season. His 6.35 ERA is one of the worst in the Marlins’ bullpen, and it is something Miami definitely did not need to start the first month of the year.
Miami started off the season hot, but once the team hit the road, things went south in a hurry. In three of Dunn’s six outings, he has an earned run against him. Carlos Marmol is the only other Marlins reliever who has an ERA above 4.00.
As the month continues, the Marlins are going to have to address the bullpen situation fast because Dunn is someone the team needs.