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Could the next shakeup in the Marlins lineup involve Chris Coghlan?

For 40 games this season it felt like the Marlins were living a charmed life -- 13 come-from-behind wins, 12 one-run wins and a 24-16, franchise-best matching start. 

After back-to-back losses at home against the lowly Cubs (to starting pitchers with ERAs well above 7.00), the charm may be wearing off a bit. The Marlins stranded 22 runners in the series and were 1-for-9 Thursday with runners in scoring position, a continuing trend that wasn't a problem early on this season. The Marlins, who came in hitting .266 with runners in scoring position (Ninth best in the majors), have gone 9-for-54 with RISP since leaving for Washington last week (.166).

So is another potential shake up to the lineup in store? "At this point I have to sit down and think about that one," Rodriguez said after Thursday's loss. "The best three hitters are in the middle of the order. [Emilio] Bonifacio might be leading off but where are we going to play Boni? It's a matter of [Chris] Coghlan and Hanley [Ramirez] swinging the bat better. If we want to win those two guys have to start swinging the bat better."

Thursday, Ramirez picked up two hits, his second straight game with two base knocks. Coghlan finished 0-for-5. Since taking himself out of the lineup April 27 against the Dodgers with a shoulder injury, Coghlan has gone just 13 for his last 77, dropping his average all the way down to .238.

VOLSTAD IS HEALTHY: For those of you wondering why Marlins right-hander Chris Volstad was taken out after just five innings and 71 pitches Thursday, Rodriguez was simply his way of trying to find some offense.

"At that point we had only one or two hits," Rodriguez said. "It was a tough call for me. He was throwing the ball good, keeping us in the game. But we were looking for offense."

Scott Cousins, who went in to pinch hit for Volstad to open the bottom of the fifth, struck out. He's now hitting .167 on the season.

Volstad, who gave up just four hits and three earned runs, said he felt pretty good Thursday, maybe his best all year.

"It's just the way the National League is, circumstances," said Volstad, who fell to 2-3 with a 5.73 ERA in eight starts.

"I don't want to come out after throwing 120. It's no different. I want to stay in the game as long as I can. That's the way it goes. We have to get something going. The pitcher isn't the one who usually does that at the plate."

Still, Volstad said, he wouldn't have minded going a few more. "I felt great actually, as good as I've felt," he said. "The one pitch to [Marlon] Byrd, he hit out. Other than that, I had nine ground balls, five strikeouts. I think my strike outs are getting up there. I'm in the zone, not falling behind too many guys. Definitely in the right direction. One pitch here or there. Same start last start. One pitch to [Roger] Bernadina. I'm feeling really good. Bottomline is that."

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Lou Vales

Clark, I'll send you my cell phone number. I appear to be the only one who gives a blank anyway and it's faster to talk than write this Blog.

By the way, you DO realize as does Edwin that there are NO good hitting OR pitching answers in New Orleans or Jacksonville. We have done it with mirrors and even though the Phillies couldn't score in Amsterdam on New Year's Eve they still have the pitching and I really believe the Braves are REAL close to having the answers, both on the 25 Man and 40 Man.

Glags

He wants to get some offense so he pinch hits Cousins. Not sure I follow? Do you feel that....it's the braves breathing down the necks of the Phils and fish. Now I'm concerned.

The digg

Its just a slumpguys , relax.
Coghlan's strikeouts has increased but his outs have been hit well.
Hanley is and always will be all mental.
AND THIS FO IS STUBBORN , THUS JAVY VASQUEZ WILL START 5 MORE TIMES AND WE WILL LOOSE 4 OF THEM , SIMPLE.

Glags

I would except the Marlins play in the NL east.

Announcers Fired By Marlins

Rich and Tommy get a Homer Holiday weekend off with all 3 games handled by Tampa's homer announcer's on SUN...can't wait to hear their spin on the Marlins...

JUAN YANES

CHRIS COGHLAND SHOULD BE REMOVED FROM LEADOFF SINCE SEVERAL DAYS AGO; HE SEEMS VERY STRUGGLE MAINLY OFF LEFTIES, BUT MR. EDWING PREFER ENDURING THIS WEAK AND GIFT SEVERAL OUTS TO ADVERSARIES.

JUAN YANES

FOR ME MARLINS LINE-UP SHOULD BE: #1.LEADOFF HANDLEY # 2. MORRISON # 3. GABBY # 4. STANTON # 5.-DOGGS OFF RIGHTIES(HELMS OFF LEFTIES) # 6. COHLAND OFF RIGHTIES (BONIFACIO OFF LEFTIES) #7. BUCK # 8. INFANTE

JUAN YANES

MARLINS NEED SPEND SOME MONEY FOR SNARE SOME PLAYER WHO PROVIDED RBI IN THE GAMES. THEY TRUSTED TO MUCH IN STRUGGLING HANDLEY RAMIREZ, FORGETTING THIS GUY ALWAYS HAS BEEN SUCESSFUL ONLY AS LEADOFF HITTER.

Glags

Dude are you mocking hispanics? Or are you for real?

Lou Vales

It will be fun to hear the opinion of others about the Marlins. I do that about 1 of every 3 games. Rich is actually VERY GOOD at what he does but having to go along with Hutton's silliness is just to much to take. I know. I know, I bet Tommy is a real nice guy. Right?? That may be true but his reluctance to go after any players but the whipping boys is really silly.We will hear the criticism of Bonafacio and Nunez--not that they shouldn't be critiqued but have you heard him ONE time say a discouraging word about Uncle Wessie, Edwin's "strategies" or the moribund nature of the front office? Now I realize he must keep his butt in line as it applies to the Triumvirate but STILL!!!! How about a discouraging word once a month?? Too much??

Stan M

Watch Coghlan's rear foot. When he drags it toward first base while swinging he hits poorly. In defense of the guy, it does seem like there is a lefthander on the mound each time he comes up. Personally, I like both Tommy and Rich and don't consider them "homers" as much as most other announcers. What I don't like is when a baseball game interferes with my watching that charity bahama or whatever it was. They'll probably spend half of tonight reflecting on it, too. I know I'm beng politically incorrect, but if it's a damn ball game, let it stay a ballgame. The commercials are bad enough as it is. Bah humbug!

Charley Lau

Cogs has been getting himself out by not handling the down and in pitches he hacks at..until he can hit it...they'll continue to throw it..

Stan M

Coghlan has finally ticked me off. First he doesn't cover for a rebound off the wall and a double becomes a triple, then after starting with a 3-0 count he swings at 3-1 on what was obviously ball 4. Maybe that's the mgr's fault, for he should have had the take sign against a lefthander...especially when he's been far from "on fire" lately. But we won and the luckiest closer in baseball actually looked good tonight. When are we ever going to have a "laugher". Marlin fans must all be without fingernails by now!

Erick

I think Edwin's strategies are fine.

By the way, Tommy Hutton is a douchebag.

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