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McKeon: Nolasco has potential to be 20-game winner; Jose Ceda recalled from New Orleans

There are no mulligans in baseball, but if not for a few tough starts, Ricky Nolasco would rank among the National League’s ERA leaders. Removing three games from Nolasco’s season slate would drop his ERA by more than a run.

“Sometimes it’s just a slight adjustment from maybe a hitter or two,” manager Jack McKeon said. 

Nolasco, who is 6-7 with a 4.08 ERA, is coming off what he described as “probably the worst start of my career,” when he allowed nine runs in 1 1/3 innings against the Padres on Wednesday. But before Wednesday’s drubbing, Nolasco was having arguably the best stretch of his career. In his four prior starts, Nolasco allowed just two earned runs over 32 innings.

“He’s got the potential to be a 20-game winner,” McKeon said. “He’s got the stuff.”

Without Wednesday’s start and two others — May 29, when he allowed eight runs in five innings against the Dodgers, and a three-inning, five-run outing against the Diamondbacks on June 13 — Nolasco’s ERA would be a paltry 2.80.

“I look at [Nolasco] a little bit like [Brad] Penny — How bad do you want to be a 20-game winner?” McKeon said. “Do you want to be content with winning 14 and losing 10? But he’s better than that.”

McKeon’s memory is both impressive and intriguing. In 2003, Penny’s fourth season in the big leagues and the year McKeon took over for Jeff Torborg, Penny was 14-10. In 2010, Nolasco’s fourth full major-league season, he posted a 14-9 record. Penny went on to lead the NL in wins in 2006 with 16.

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The Marlins recalled right-handed reliever Jose Ceda from Triple A New Orleans before Sunday’s game to take Chris Volstad’s spot on the 25-man roster.

Ceda, 24, made three appearances for Florida earlier this year, giving up six earned runs on six hits in 4 1/3 innings while walking four and striking out seven. The Marlins optioned hard-throwing righty when they acquired Mike Cameron from Boston in early July.

“We had him here and he didn’t get too many opportunities,” McKeon said. “He’s got a good arm. If he throws strikes, he’ll be alright. I hope to get him a little work if we can. If he would’ve been here a couple of days ago he would’ve gotten plenty of work. We would’ve tested him.”

Ceda, who was 2-1 with a 1.26 ERA and 23 saves for New Orleans, was originally acquired in 2008 in a trade for closer Kevin Gregg. Ceda recorded 48 strikeouts in 35 2/3 innings with the Zephyrs.

McKeon said he was unsure how long Ceda would spend with Florida. The team needs a starting pitcher on Thursday against Washington and Ceda might not have to be sent down if the team promotes a starter.

“It depends on what we do for a starter,” McKeon said. “He could be here for awhile and back, or he could be here and someone else goes.”

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laurelbowie

Coghlan 3 singles in 4 AB at Jupiter today. Maybe he's found some pitchers he can hit.

Stan M

That's great news, LB. Now with Gabby hitting again and LoMO looking like he is straightening out, with Bono our current MVP, and Stanton is...well...Stanton. There is again hope on easy street. Even Buck has been a little bit better, but I still prefer Hayes. I'm a little confused about what to do with Infante. He's neither young nor too old and a team could win a pennant with him at 2B. So what does the FO do? Resign him? Trade him? It's silly to just let him walk is not in next year's plans. Personally, I think we have enough hitting to keep him for his defensive stability. So much depends on Dominguez. If he comes around, then Bono goes to 2B and we don't need Infante after all. And as far as Ozzie Martinez goes, he's Hanley's replacement if our dreams come true and he's traded. He could bring an awfully good starting pitcher.

Flav C

it just takes some common sense: give Buck a rest every 4 days. That's what has happened in the last week and a half and Buck has been hitting a bit better.

Stan M

How about Hanley for Bumgarner...even up. Loria would buy it because the lefty is young and under team control for several more years. Read that CHEAP. And it should help the Giants for years to come as well and they can afford Hanley. I'd do it!

laurelbowie

Stan M,
If Marlins could get Bumgarner and either Brandon Belt or Zack Wheeler, I'd buy it. With Belt on hand, they could move Gaby to 3rd and let Dominguez ripen a bit. The best part of getting Bumgarner is that his wife would (probably) be coming with him.

Flav C

i would love to trade hanley with the angels for bring dan haren, fabio martinez and alexi amarista. this way would get a great starting pitcher, a good arm-prospect on fabio and a speedster 2B who can play SS and is really fast. And, would keep hanley far from the NL.

Stadium Will Be Empty

Story in Heralds Monday Business about new stadium say that only certain season ticket holders will be able to park on stadium grounds. Everybody else will have to park "somewhere else". Lots of Luck...

laurelbowie

Flav C,
Angels have Erick Aybar, who's hitting 40 points higher than Hanley, so I doubt they would give up Haren for another shortstop. Since we're just window shopping anyway, I'd take Bumgarner over Haren simply because Marlins are going to need at least one lefty starter if they're going to have any hope in NL East.

I Know the Marlins

Hanley not going any where..Dominguez cant hit big league pitching...Nunez will only be traded for young MLB experienced starting pitching...Petersen will be better than Cogz in CF if given the chance to play everyday...

Flav C

lb, you're right. even though i think Hanley is better than both Aybar and Izturis. I like Bumgarner a lot.

Mr. B

Hanley is too affordable to trade right now. Based on what he's done and how he's viewed league wide, he's a major bargain. Now in his contract year, I almost guarantee he'll be gone around that trade deadline. Hopefully his gut isn't as big as his sense of self by then.

Stan M

Someone else is up early! Isn't it interesting that only one of us rather intense fans has shown any intereat in keeping our "franchise player". Another alternative would be a trade for one of the White Sox starters, but none is as good now, nor has top top level potential of Bumgarner...nor is as cheap and we know what that means. With any White Sox trade, we would have to get more than just a good starter. Both the Reds and Red SOx could make interesting offers with top flight prospects and that might appeal to Loria because of the long term savings.

Just after I say that Nunez is less than an asset, he pitches his best three outs of this year. I'd still dump him. Don't like his makeup between his ears. The talent is sure there. I think we could get a top flight minor league prospect from Texas if they don't land Beck.

That Conine story sure has legs. When the Marlins play the Mets, I always put on their TV announcers. The little bald headed guy is an encyclopedia of Met history and both Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling are as good as it gets in analying the game and baseball in general. They are not enamoured with Hanley by the way and Keith H wasn't thrilled with LoMo's play in LF but thinks the Marlins are a talented team.

laurelbowie

Hanley is supposed to be one of the Marlins' "speedsters," but I'd love to have someone time just how fast he gets up the line on a ground ball. Looks extremely pokey to me, compared even to "non-speedsters" like LoMo and Brett Hayes. And his stolen base percentage is abyssmal because he's afraid to take a decent lead. Doesn't want to have to dive back to first and risk injuring his quirky shoulder, his apologists say. Just another one of his so-called tools that isn't helping the team because he refuses to take it out of his back pocket.
It was good to see Dontrelle back in action on ESPN last night and he didn't look half bad, except for that disgusting wad of tobacco or whatever in his jaw. Pretty amazing play in the first when he took a throw while covering first base and made a rolling dive for the bag with his gloved hand to get the out. Great to see that he still has some of the old D-Train left in him after all the trying times he's been through.

Mr. B

What about to Texas for Ogando and Andrus, and another prospect? Maybe package Leo.

Glags

I'm going to ask and hope that I get a few responses. Given Hanleys current performance and his clubhouse issues, why wouldn't those two factors alone make any other ball club weary of having a guy like that around? Plus it's evidenced that the Marlins cannot hit good pitching. How well could he do in the west which is dominated by great pitching in both leagues?

Clark

Pretty interesting story on ESPN.com (subscribers only) in which the author, using WAR figures, projects which players now under the age of 28 are most likely to reach the Hall of Fame. He has only three players listed under the heading of "Front-Runners": Felix Hernandez (80 percent chance), Evan Longoria, and Hanley Ramirez (62 percent chance).

Falling into the second category, those on the "Fence" with a 25-50 percent chance of making it into the Hall, are Dustin Pedroia, Troy Tulowitzki, Brian McCann, Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder, Joey Votto, Ryan Zimmerman, Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain and Zack Greinke.

Just food for thought.

-- Clark

I Know the Marlins

Hanley isnt going anywhere, dont waste your time dreaming...Marlins will not be active at trading deadline...

Stan M

Glags,
Whereas you are right about Hanley's obvious faults, the national press still favors him as a "tremendous talent". One of the things I learned after all these years is that most teams think that they can "fix up" a problem player. Just think of all of the teams that took a chance on Bradley, Dukes, Guillen and God knows how many other bad boys without half the talent of Hanley. Two examples of "problem" stars that other teams were more than willing to take a chance on would be Ricky Henderson, Jose Conseco, and Dick (Richie) Allen of farther back. Regarding Hanley's hitting, the guy has always hit and hit well...when motivated. I think a pennant race alone would pep him up. In general, upper echelon teams just wouldn't put up with his crap. Remember, he would no longer be a big frog in a little pond, but just one of many top notch players. I really like the Bumgarner thing...the guy's what...21 years old. And he's certainly as good as Sanchez and Nolasco right now. Best of all, I like his motion. He doesn't look like he streaaes his anatomy too much. And I really think the Giants would make that trade.

Clark,
What is your learned opinion?

laurelbowie

Good points, Stan M. I was about to say the same thing but a lot less eloquently, so I'm glad you got your comment in first. A lot of teams with the World Series in their sights would be salivating over Hanley and problems be damned.
I'd never advocate that the Marlins "dump" Hanley, but a shrewd trade right now could benefit the team for years to come. They say the two happiest days in a boat owner's life are the day he buys his boat and the day he sells his boat. Right now, Hanley is the Marlins' boat. Fans were ecstatic when they signed him and a lot of us will be ecstatic when they trade him — assuming the price is right.
As for Ogando, afraid that would be jumping out of the frying pan into the fire.

Stan M

LB,
Also noticed that Dontrelle didn't do too badly, but he did put an awful lot of men on base. No matter what he does, I will always have a place in my heart for him. He was a joy in baseball that few have ever equaled. Mark the Bird Fidrych was another player I'll never stop loving. Did you ever hear of Carl Spooner of the Brooklyn Dodgers? Look him up if you get a chance.

Flav C

Uggla had his 15 game hitting streak finally over last night. He's been batting pretty good in July, i think it was over .280 or close to it.

laurelbowie

Stan M,
Remember Spooner somewhat because he pitched for Brooklyn in the mid-50s and it was the year we got our first TV set, so we could watch Big League games every weekend and got to actually SEE the World Series. What a momentous event that was. I lived in Oregon and before TV arrived on the scene, they'd let us out of school during the time the World Series games were on so we could listen to them on the radio, no matter who was playing. Once TV became available, they brought TVs in and everybody gathered in the school auditorium to watch each WS game. Back then the entire nation was enthralled by the World Series.
As for Spooner, guess he was just one Dr. Andrews away from a Hall of Fame career.

Stan M

LB,
I'm trusting memory here, but I believe he came up and threw 2 consecutive shutouts, hurt his arm, and never won another game. I agree about Dr. Andrews. Did you know that Carl Erskine pitched his entire career in pain. He had a big knot behind his right shoulder. I read that many years later at a reunion, one of his teamates rubbed it and sure enough, it was still there. Do you remember "hammy" pulls in those days as being as prevalent as today? Maybe they were hiding it more back then on year to year contracts, but it seems to me that there were about 1/10 the number.

More than anyone regarding Dr. Andrews, I think of Roger Maris. Until he hurt his hand, I think he was a better Yankee than Mantle for 2-3 years. Won MVP 2 years in a row. A consumate rightfielder. he was a winner from the word go. Went to the Cardinals when a shadow of his former self and all they did was win 2 pennants in a row. A certain HOFer w/o that injury. Never the same after 28 years of age. Now casual fans consider him a flash in the pan.

laurelbowie

I didn't know about Erskine's injury but I remember reading that he became a bank president after retiring from baseball, so he must have been an intelligent guy. Played his entire career with the Dodgers, back when fans could follow their team and know that guys were going to be around for awhile.
Think Spooner's injury came in Dodgers-Yankees World Series when he came back on short rest to fill in for somebody who was hurt (Erskine?). He got knocked around and never pitched again. Maybe he was filling in for Newcombe, I don't know.

laurelbowie

I should mention, as a disclaimer, that Erskine became a bank president back before they were all thieves and con men.

Stan M

Here's a story for you, LB. We lived in same town as Campanella on Long Island. My dad was an orthoepedic surgeon. Every time he saw Campy he would beg him to let him operate on his hands...his fingers went every which way. Well not too soon after, my dad was operating on Campy, helping to save his life from that awful accident. One more quarter inch and he was a dead man. I came down for breakfast and my dad was sitting in his chair literally crying. He explained what had happened and then held out his hands to me and said, " Campy will never walk again and I can't do a damn thing about it." My dad died two weeks later in the hospital room right next to Campanella's. If I recounted this before, please forgive me. To my knowledge, Campanells set a medical record for length of life while suffering that paralysis.

laurelbowie

Damn! I don't think any of us have a baseball story to top that. You think your dad's anguish over Campanella contributed to his death?

Stan M

Definitely. Especially because other doctors were speculating that he might miss Spring Training. My pop would fling his shoe at the TV and shout hypocrites; they know he'll never walk again. When interviewed by the press my dad only said, "No comment". I still have the letter on Dodger's stationary refusing to pay him directly because although he was in charge of the bone work, a neurologist was the lead doctor and they paid him and he paid my dad's estate. Remember he died.

laurelbowie

That story just blows me away.

Mobydick

Hold on , Hanley had a bad month , hold your horses, let see what for the rest of year .

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