The Marlins trip to New York this week wasn't supposed to last very long -- two games in two days at Citi Field before a return trip home to open tonight's two-game series at Sun Life Stadium versus the Cubs.
But for Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez and his team, it "felt like we spent five days in New York and only played one game."
The Marlins are still scratching their heads as to why Tuesday's game in New York was postponed and Monday's was not. "First time I've seen that," Rodriguez said. "You play when it rains and don't when it doesn't rain."
According to major league rules, home teams -- and not umpires -- have say as to when games are called before first pitch (only as long as there a possibility of a return trip later in the season).
Monday, it was still raining about an hour before pitch and the field was in poor condition. Rodriguez said he expressed his concerns to the umpires when he was told the game was on, telling them he thought the field was unplayable.
"What they took into consideration to call that game? I don't know," Rodriguez said. The umpires said it wasn't their call. It was basically the GM and the organization's call. So, they said we'll see what happens, start the game and see how far we can go. I expressed my concern about having JJ on the mound and playing three innings."
The Marlins ended up winning 2-1 in the 11th inning on Burke Badenhop's RBI single.
Tuesday's rain out, announced shortly after 5 p.m. (two hours before first pitch) was called by the Mets because the forecast in New York was calling for rain at about a 60 to 70 percent chance. But a single drop didn't fall while the Marlins were still at the ballpark. In fact, the Marlins didn't see any rain at all, even as they boarded their flight home to Miami at around 8:30 p.m.
According to the writers who stayed in New York overnight, rain didn't begin to fall near CitiField until after midnight.
"They said it was coming at some point," Rodriguez said of the rain. "I guess it never did."
Coincidentally, the Mets, who have been riddled with injuries, had eight players called up from Triple A Buffalo and on the roster for Tuesday's game. Wednesday, they sent third baseman David Wright to the disabled list.
Could the Mets have been ducking the Marlins on purpose? Rodriguez wouldn't answer that question.
Tuesday's postponed game has been scheduled for July 18 at 7:10 p.m., following a four game series in Chicago to open the second half of the season. The next night, the Marlins open a three-game series at home against the Padres before hosting the Mets. The Marlins have two more trips to New York after that (Aug. 1-3 and Aug. 29-Sept. 1).
"The tough part now is we have to go there on a day off and play there," Rodriguez said. Then again, it is what it is. We had no say in what happens."
> Hanley Ramirez isn't the only guy struggling at the top of the order. On the Marlins' 3-1 road trip, their first three hitters went a combined 6 for 56 with 13 strikeouts, four walks and two RBI. One of those hits and RBI belongs to Badenhop, who hit first late in the game on a double switch.
"It is a concern," Rodriguez said. "How long is the pitching going to keep us there? Because it's the pitching that has us playing the way we've been playing and keeping us in the game. So, I would like to see more offense from [Chris] Coghlan, from Hanley obviously, John Buck, even [Omar] Infante. We would like to see some offense so we can take some pressure off the rotation and the bullpen."
Coghlan was hitting .297 before he pulled himself out of the lineup April 27. Since then, he's gone 12 for 67 (.179) with four RBI, eight walks, 10 strikeouts, two stolen bases.
"I'm not worried about him," Rodriguez said. "I think he hit the ball hard about three times every game [in Washington], but right at people. In New York, he also had two hard hit balls right at people. So, I'm not concerned about that."
> Rodriguez said setup man Clay Hensley, on the disabled list with a bruised left rib, is scheduled to pitch one inning, 20 pitches for Single A Jupiter tonight and will pitch the same amount on Friday. "Hopefully everything goes right so he can join the club on Sunday," Rodriguez said.
> Infielder Donnie Murphy, on the disabled list since May 2 with right wrist inflammation, is fielding and throwing, but still feeling soreness when he swings. "Right now, it would take a little while for him," Rodriguez said.
> Marlins: 1. Chris Coghlan CF, 2. Hanley Ramirez SS, 3. Logan Morrison LF, 4. Gaby Sanchez 1B, 5. Greg Dobbs 3B, 6. Mike Stanton RF, 7. John Buck C, 8. Omar Infante 2B, 9. Ricky Nolasco RHP.
> Cubs: 1. Kosuke Fukudome RF, 2. Darwin Barney 2B, 3. Starlin Castro SS, 4. Aramis Ramiez 3B, 5. Carlos Pena 1B, 6. Marlon Byrd CF, 7. Alfonso Soriano LF, 8. Koyie Hill C, 9. Ryan Dempster RHP.