By now, everyone is familiar with Josh Beckett's winning performance in Game 6 of the 2003 World Series, one in which he went the distance on three days' rest. Jack McKeon hasn't stopped talking about it given that his decision proved many doubters wrong. Beckett was spectacular that night at Yankee Stadium, and the Marlins celebrated a Series title because of him.
While that was the most celebrated of all Marlins' pitching performances on three days' rest by far, it wasn't the only one. With Kevin Slowey set to take the mound tonight on only three days' rest, it's worth a look at how other Marlins' pitchers have fared under identical (or nearly identical) short-rest circumstances. Slowey will become the 10th Marlin to return on three days' rest in a regular season game after appearing in at least five innings in his previous outing. Slowey worked seven innings out of the bullpen in New York on Saturday. He is also the fist starting pitcher since Bryan Rekar of the Devil Rays in 2000 to have a turn in the rotation interrupted by a relief outing lasting at least 5 innings.
This will be the first time a pitcher for the Marlins has thrown that many innings in relief, then been handed the ball for the start four days later. The cumulative record of the nine Marlins pitchers who made consecutive starts on short rest is 6-3 with a 4.00 ERA. Those who did it (in chronological order): Charlie Hough (1993), Brian Meadows (1998), Kirt Ojala (1998), Livan Hernandez (1998), Dennis Springer (1999), Josh Beckett (2004), Carl Pavano (2004), Dontrelle Willis (2004) and Wes Obermueller (2007).
Logan Morrison is not in tonight's lineup because, counting his minor-league rehab assignment, he had played the previous four days. Manager Mike Redmond said he is trying to ease Morrison back in gradually and no risk further injury.
Giancarlo Stanton's home run in last night's eighth inning was the 97th of his career, but the first one that turned a defciti into a lead in the eighth inning or later.
Marlins: 1. Pierre, lf; 2. Lucas, 3b; 3. Stanton, rf; 4. Ozuna, cf; 5. Dietrich, 2b; 6. Dobbs, 1b; 7. Hechavarria, ss; 8. Brantly, c; 9. Slowey, p.
Brewers: 1. Aoki, rf; 2. Segura, ss; 3. Gomez, cf; 4. Ramirez, 3b; 5. Lucroy, c; 6. Schafer, lf; 7. Francisco, 1b; 8. Gennett, 2b; 9. Figaro, p.