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Hanley Ramirez Off To Another Slow April

   ATLANTA -- Hanley Ramirez told reporters on the first day of spring training that his goal was to get off to a fast start this season. So far, that isn't happening.

    After going 0 for 4 on Tuesday in his first game back from Friday's takedown in Houston, Ramirez is now hitting just .182 with zero home runs, three runs scored, two RBI and one stolen base. Those are hardly the MVP-caliber numbers everyone on the Marlins -- from owner Jeffrey Loria on down -- expected to see from the shortstop.

    Yes, it's still very early. The Marlins have played the equivalent of one NFL game, let's not forget.

    But Ramirez didn't swing the bat last April, ending the month with a .279 aveage, and isn't doing so now. The Marlins need his bat. That much is obvious 10 games into the season. They were shut out last night, have hit the fewest home runs of any team in the NL, and have scored the second-fewest runs in the league. Only the Twins have hit fewer home runs (3) than the Marlins (5) among all major league

    Should Ramirez's early-season slump be cause for concern?

    BULLPEN -- Another strong performance last night by the Marlins' bullpen, which is piling up the innings as the 3-4-5 starters continue to struggle. The Marlins' pen has the second-lowest ERA of any relief corps in the NL (2.25 to Philadelphia's 1.93). Their .195 batting average against figure is the best in the league.

    CROWDS -- Quick early observation: attendance appeared down in the Marlins' first four road games, three in Houston and last night's here in Atlanta. In fact, last night's announced figure of 13,865 was the lowest in the 14-year history of Turner Field. There were plenty of empty seats at Minute Maid Park for their home opener on Friday, and tons of them Saturday and Sunday.

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Samson's Gay

SI.com has a story that Edwin will be the 1st manager fired this season...over-under by June 1st ?

SB

There was NO ONE at the game last night. When they showed girls on the jumbotron and they yelled in excitement, the whole stadium could hear them. Way way less than 14k people there, 6k at the most. And the weather was perfect. Go Fish.

Glags

I'm concerned. The guy has absolutely no energy, at least that's the perception provided by his demeanor.

And bullpen has been good. Though it hasn't really been tested in a tight game versus any legitimate contenders such as the Phillies.

If it's another one run game and bullpen can hold it down for JJ I'll be content.

Atlanta Marlin

Stadium was empty. Should have made the Marlin's feel right at home. Got on the jumbotron, a first at Turner Field. Marlins got robbed twice by Gonzales and once from Mclouth.

Better luck tonight with JoJo on the mound.

JUAN YANES

HANDLEY RAMIREZ STILL ISN'T A 3RD MAN HITTER IN THE LINEUP BATTING ORDER; HE IS 1ST FOR MANY REASONS; # 1.- He is the fastesd runner of the team; # 2.- He is the best stealer # 3. He feels confortable in batting 1st

JUAN YANES

MARLINS MANAGER SHOULD MOVE LINEUP BATTING ORDER, LOOKING FOR SPEEDY AND STOLEN BASES; HANDLEY AND COGHLAND SHOULD BE ALWAYS 1ST AND 2ND, INFANTE IS A SLOW RUNNER SHOULD BE ALWAYS # 8

Jacinto

Hey Juan,

Learn some English.

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