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Marlins looking for "somebody to step up and get some big outs" in the eighth inning

NEW YORK -- When it comes to solving his bullpen's late-inning woes this season, Mike Redmond made it  clear Friday the Marlins are just looking for "somebody to step up and get some big outs."

"We've been in a lot of games, been in a lot of close games, but unfortunately we've given up some big hits late in those games to lose," Redmond said. "It really coms down to trying to find those guys that are going to be able to pitch those late inning games. We're really going to try everybody to see what's going to work and see whose going to take those late innings. It's really up for grabs."

While closer Steve Cishek has remained a consistent force in the ninth inning with a franchise-record 33 consecutive saves entering Friday's game, the eighth inning has been a nightmare for the Marlins.

The team's eighth inning ERA entering Friday was 7.36 and opponents were hitting .304 against them in the frame. A year ago, Chad Qualls, Mike Dunn, and A.J. Ramos did a much better job handling the bulk of the eighth inning work as the Marlins combined for a 2.28 ERA and opponents hit just .202 against them.

This year, Qualls is the closer in Houston. Dunn (eight appearances, 11.37 ERA), Ramos (six appearances, 1.93 ERA) and left-hander Dan Jennings (four appearances, 0.00 ERA) have handled the eighth for the Marlins for the most part through the team's first 22 games. Carlos Marmol pitched once in the eighth and gave up a game-winning grand slam to the Nats' Jayson Werth on April 9th.

Right-hander Carter Capps, acquired in the Logan Morrison trade with Seattle, could be a solution, Redmond said.

"We got to get him out there and let him pitch," Redmond said. "I'd love to say maybe he can be the guy to do that with Marmol and Dunn and AJ. But we've got to get him out there in a game and see what he can do.

"Sometimes it just takes them a nice 1-2-3 inning to settle in and then take off. That's what we're hoping for."

> Redmond joked he's happy Major League Baseball decided to wait until Friday to adjust its transfer rule, which occurs when a fielder loses possession of a ball while trying to transfer it from his glove to his throwing hand.

The Marlins won two replay challenges because of the transfer rule over the past week -- April 18 in a win over the Mariners and Monday in a loss to the Braves.

The adjustment to the rule is that it will now be an out whenever a player has complete control over the ball in his glove, and if he drops the ball after opening his glove, it will still be ruled an out. There is no requirement to successfully remove the ball from the glove for it to be an out.

"I think those two plays, the Fish might have sent them over the edge," Redmond said. "... we'll see how it's interpreted going forward. So we'll all be watching to see what a catch is. I think I have an idea of what it is. But we'll see."

> Redmond said right-hander Jacob Turner, who pitched four innings in Single A Jupiter Wednesday, will pitch again Monday and throw between 75-80 pitches.

"The reports I heard from his first outing was that he was fine," Redmond said. "He gave up a couple runs, but he threw a lot of fastballs and everything was good healthwise. He's only been out a couple weeks so he hasn't lost a ton of throwing time. He's still in pretty good shape."

> Utility infielder Ed Lucas, on the disabled list for the past month with a fractured left hand, began his rehab assignment Friday night, batting second and starting at shortstop for the Hammerheads. Redmond said Lucas was going to play every position in the infield.

> Redmond said the Marlins still haven't decided when second baseman Rafael Furcal will be called up from his rehab assignment. Redmond said the team initially wanted Furcal to use up all three weeks of rehab work. Furcal had a pair of doubles and "played good defense," Redmond said, on Thursday night.

> Where does Redmond, a former catcher, stand on the pine tar debate stirred up by the recent suspension of Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda?

"I was thinking about grabbing a little pine tar the other day because the pencil was slipping out of my hands and I wanted to write some stuff down in the cold weather. Maybe that extra grip will help," Redmond joked.

"It didn't surprise me. A lot of guys use sun screen, whatever. You see pitchers all the time going to their wrist out on the mound. You don't see position players out there grabbing their wrist during the game. Come on. That's stuff has been going on for a long time. I think we all know that. But at the same time too you can't take the pine tar rag and just rub it on the side of your face.

"I've seen guys lick the pine tar rag. I'd advise against that. I'm not condoning that at all."


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Camera Mike

Well I for one am glad to learn Red is against licking the pine tar rag.

Lou Vales

Jarrod Saltalamacchia has swung and missed the last 7 pitches he has taken a swing at. I'm really going to start paying attention and verify if my perceptions of an inability to get a big hit is really a misconception. Top of 1st was some of the usual.

A Realist

I'd sit Dietrich and Hechavarria right now. They both just swang at pitches way out of the strike zone. And Yelich is on 2nd and can't even advance. Really pathetic.

I smell a losing streak. They look bad and uninterested. They just gave everything they had against the Braves and still lost 2 of 3. These mental midgets can't deal with that.

A Realist

And it's not even young guys that are struggling at the plate. Veteran established guys like Mcgehee and Salty are doing nothing, not to mention Jones.

Lou Vales

Top of the 3rd--9 nine strikes and at least 1 pitch was fouled off. They are facing another incarnation of Sandy Koufax.

Lou Vales

SEE!!!! It can be done. Runner on 3B, one out last of 3rd and single lashed to left.

Lou Vales

If I post my phone number could someone please give me a call if the Marlins get a hit with a runner in scoring position? After 4 we are 0 for 5. 3-22 in Atlanta(Stanton's HOT SHOT bleeder among the 3), so we are a cozy 3 for 27. Isn't this what also happened in Philadelphia and Washington? Either it gets addressed or we just assume management believes team is not good enough to do it. What else do you think?? By the way, Furcal has now had 30!!!!!!!! AB's. If you can stand at the plate and play the field in Jacksonville, aren't you able to do it in Flushing Meadows?

Lou Vales

YEA!!!!!! 1 for 7 and if we had been playing in Philadelphia or Coors Field it would be 2 for 7. Sadly, this park has normal MLB dimensions and Stanton's "shot" found Grandy's glove.

Dionysus Thelxinoe

I didn't get the memo ... who appointed "Fox Trax" the authority on the strike zone?

Lou Vales

Through 6---1 for 9 with runners in scoring position and 9 K's which must have taken them over 50 for last 4 games. I've had enough of this crap and I will say Good Night. I trust someone will come on and rationalize what we are seeing. Anyone who can do that should be working as a diplomat in the Middle East. Night Night.

Dionysus Thelxinoe

It is a disgrace that Allison Williams's velvet voice is kept down on the field, as an ornament, rather than up in the booth where she belongs.

Lou Vales

Well, Cishek can't do it every time--OBVIOUSLY. I watched the 8th and 9th and I'm guessing they ended up with 12 K's and the 1 for 9 with guys in scoring position. The Mets had 3 hits in a row in bottom of 9th and Abreu hit a rope!! It can be done but not by these guys and now the Braves and Dodgers loom. Fun.

Marlin Fan

Didn't see the game, although not mad at Chishek . He had a good streak . Hopefully Salty will get ignited . Jones actually had a meaningful hit .Keep Furcal in the minors ( waste of money ) , and play Solano more . Lucas should be back soon , so Baker becomes useless. Dobbs I say again is done

Lou Vales

If you had seen the game, you definitely would not have blamed Cishek. He is by far the absolute least of their worries.


two very sad events, Cishek streak and Yellich streak, both ended. what to make of this? Rosary Beads, quick, get the Rosary Beads.

Juan Yanes

Redmond please, the guy Marlins need for late innings is Henry Rodriguez who is wasting time at triple A with ave pcl of 0.82, please open your eyes and bring him, also try to make some trade to get a decent lefty reliever, Dunn and Jennings didn't have enough quality yet for be in the big leagues

Juan Yanes

I also realize that Marlins pitching coach never go to the mount to give some advice to the relievers in how throw off hitters, I think he is not accomplishing his job with quality; the relievers need be advised and Marlins pitching coach leave them alone in most time


Please stop the campaign for Rodriguez, Juan.

Although he has 23 SO in 12 IN, he has also given up 16 BB and sports a 1.83 WHIP with 1 BS, leading to a 3.00 ERA. Who knows if Rodriguez will ever get reasonable control to be an effective MLB RP, but he has not yet proved this at NOLA.

Lou Vales

Juan, Rodriguez isn't going to help a team that goes 4 for last 32 with men in scoring position and has recently been averaging 13 K's a game. We can't handle good pitching. That should be painfully obvious by now. I thought we had reached the point we would not do this 1-9 crap on the road. I was wrong. We need Colorado and San Diego---NOT their Ace!!!-------or we are in loads of trouble.

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