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Middle of Marlins order not producing

     Acting manager Joey Cora has hot-hitting Omar Infante listed in the fifth spot tonight as the Marlins search for a solution to their scoring woes. As Logan Morrison correctly pointed out, the lack of production from the team's 3-4-5-6 hitters is "definitely the reason we're not winning games right now. It falls on my shoulders and people in the middle of the lineup."

     Hanley Ramirez (.160 overall and 0 for 4 with runners in scoring position) was out early taking batting practice this afternoon with hitting coach Eduardo Perez. "I was working on my timing," Ramirez said. Gaby Sanchez is 0 for 2 with RISP. Morrison is 0 for 3. Giancarlo Stanton is 2 for 6. Add it all up, and the heart of the order is a combined 2 for 15 with runners in scoring position.

     "All we need to do, we need to score runs," Cora said. "With Giancarlo and Lomo, they didn't have spring training. It's not fair. If you can step in after playing only three or four games in spring training and do well, everybody will do that. Unfortunately, that's not the way it works. You have to have spring training. You have to have at bats. So they're a little off with that. But I expect them to be all right once they get that down. We need them. We need them to produce definitely."

     LINEUPS:

     MARLINS: 1. Reyes, ss; 2. Bonifacio, cf; 3. Ramirez, 3b, 4. Stanton, rf; 5. Infante, 2b; 6. Coghlan, lf; 7. Sanchez, 1b; 8. Buck, c; 9. Nolasco, p.

     ASTROS: 1. Schafer, cf; 2. Lowrie, ss; 3. Martinez, lf; 4. Lee, 1b; 5. Bogusevic, rf 6. Johnson, 3b; 7. Castro, c; 8. Altuve, 2b; 9. Harrell, p.

      Umpires: HP -- Paul Nauert; 1B -- Dana DeMuth; 2B -- Kerwin Danley; 3B -- Doug Eddings

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Glags

Hanley Ramirez (.160 overall and 0 for 4 with runners in scoring position) was out early taking batting practice this afternoon with hitting coach Eduardo Perez.......that's your problem right there.

Stan M

The next couple of home appearances could determine our manager's future with the team. If attendance is down significantly, the FO will have no choice but to replace him. Wish it were all about baseball instead. Right or wrong, I applaud Cora's decision to alter the lineup with Infante temporarily moved up. Now please run those two rabbits at the top of the order. Nolasco has the potential to be a fine pitcher. Let's all hope he shows it tonight. Any way one looks at it, tonight's game has significance far beyond the mere standings.

Glags

You know what's crazy, I don't think the Ozzie thing will have an effect on attendance BECAUSE it's all about baseball. I'm 30 and work at a managed care company started by Cubans and the majority of the employees are Cuban and around my age and they don't seem to think its a big deal. As a matter of fact I was in a meeting this week and this one lady who is a VP showed me a picture of Ozzie in the dugout with an "I heart Fidel" shirt. Everyone was laughing. The picture was sent to her by her dad who is an old Cuban.

While talking about my weekend plans this other coworker of mine shared that she too will be going to the game on Sunday with her dad. When the Ozzie subject was brought up she said I don't care if going makes me a bad Cuban but I'm still going to the game with my dad, also an old Cuban and this one is no spring chicken herself.

The only ones who will be protesting are those with an agenda and are using this as a platform.

flagstafffishfan

Live in AZ but I'm married to a Cuban from Miami and she feels the same way too Glags. Although she feels that Ozzie should stick to baseball it won't stop us from going to see the Fish when they're here to play the Dbacks. Her family as well that lives in MIA is pretty much over it. My real fear is that this team doesn't perform...that could lead to changes as we know that Loria has no problem getting rid of managers. I agree with you Stan that it was a nice move to move up Infante and that this homestand could determine quite a bit. Let's hope for an exciting game and not some of these snoozers!! Go Fish!!

OZ

Marlins are playing a crappy Astro's team. Taking 2 out of 3 from them just proves they can beat a crappy team. Big deal.

Glags

Hanley is headed in the same direction as the Rowands, Priors, Dontrelles of this world. Had a great few years got paid and lost it. The difference between Hanley and the others is that his ego is what did him in. What a shame.

Stan M

First time I ever checked the attendance before the box score.. 30,000 for the 2nd major league game in a new ballpark. Is that Ozzie or a dismal opponent? Either way it is somewht ominous if it is predictive of things to come.
In former posts I've criticized Infante for having a hollow batting average. Is he ever proving me wrong! He's "on" every pitch he swings at. Two outs tonight were HRs in most parks. Relief pitchers looked great with that one exception. I really like LoMo and feel he has tremendous potential. Also could care less about his tweets or whatever they are called. That being said, it was great to see Coghlan playing.Team might end up with an interesting conundrum. Three productive players (Coghlan, Gabby, LoMo) and only 2 positions. A beautiful ballpark largely paid for by others, and Loria has to deface it with those damn commercials on the walls. The man simply has no class.

bean counter

there wasnt anything close to 30,000 people there.

Flav C

Tickets sale for this weekend series went pretty well. Series against the Cubs are historically packed. Ozzie, or no Ozzie, more people will go to the ballpark. A lot more than in that good ol' dump of football stadium.

Flagstafffishfan

Like the fact that Cora got LoMo that AB. What to do with Hanley? Where can you hide him in the lineup?

d cheadle

why do they celebrate like little leaguers that just won the world series..is it because they are a bunch of bushers that have never won anything?

mikey

Bell sucked in his second game...walked the bases loaded in the 9th...booed off the field...threw 24 pitches...Marlins better hope they dont need him tonite. Cora didnt 'get' Lomo an AB. Either Lomo or Cogz are the 1st Lh Ph off the bench,while Dobbs has the job in the late 8th or 9th innings. A good LF would have caught Gaby's gamer,as it was high in the air and hit at the base of the fence. Marlins lucky they werent embarrassed by a last place team. Lots of empty seats ,sections at 1st pitch.

Flav C

Gaby's gamer would have been a HR in most ballpark. But i agree with the fact that the outfielder was not positioned shallow enough.

spitballer

I disagree with the posters that the lack of attendance was due to Ozzie. A lot of now shows were season ticket holders. The Astros being a low draw team contributed more to the attendance than anything else. The biggest concern for the Marlins right now isn't attendance...it's that our ace might not be what we thought he was.

Peter Gammons Dog

Who cares about the home attendence anyway. The ability to score runs at home will be severly hampered by dimensions of ballpark...unless the Marlins start playing more small-ball,instead of swinging for the fences, they will be at the bottom again ,in runs scored...not a good sign. Rabbits at top of line-up need high OBP,followed by gap to gap hitting. Too early to tell about JJ. If they dont score runs,like last season, fugedaboutit.

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