BOSTON -- A month ago you could have argued Omar Infante deserved a spot on the N.L. All-Star team. But Infante has slumped, like practically everyone else on the Marlins, and it's more difficult to make a case for him these days. A lot more difficult.
Giancarlo Stanton had a monster May, coinciding with the Marlins' own good fortunes. But Stanton's gone into a June swoon and is hitting only .172 for the month with one home run and three RBI. Among all outfielders in the NL, he's tied for eighth in OPS.
Someone on the Marlins will go to Kansas City for the July 10 All-Star Game. Someone has to go. Every team must be represented by at least one player. That's the rule.
But does anyone actually deserve to go? Let's hear what you have to say.
A bit of roster news. The Marlins optioned RHP Chris Hatcher to Triple A New Orleans and recalled LHP Mike Dunn. Hatcher was not only shelled in relief of Ricky Nolasco, giving up a grand slam to David Ortiz, as a solo shot to Jarrod Saltalamacchia, but threw 55 pitches in the process. Chad Gaudin also pitched for the second straight night, throwing 26 pitches in Wednesday's game. That left the bullpen a bit thin, especially with a degree of uncertainty surrounding Carlos Zambrano, who is on the mound tonight for the Marlins. Zambrano hasn't made it out of the third inning in either of his past two outings. So the Marlins brought in reinforcements in the form of Dunn, who has been up and down a couple of times this season.
Marlins: 1. Reyes, ss; 2. Ramirez, dh; 3. Stanton, rf; 4. Morrison, lf; 5. Dobbs, 3b; 6. Infante, 2b; 7. Cousins, cf; 8. Sanchez, 1b; 9. Hayes, c. Pitching: Zambrano