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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

With Marlins lacking power, Mattingly preaching small ball

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — At a time when home runs dominate baseball’s offensive strategy, the Miami Marlins are zigging to the long ball’s zag.

Manager Don Mattingly realizes that if his Marlins are going to score runs, most often they’re going to have to do it the old fashioned way — one at a time rather than in bunches.

“We’ll have to be a little more creative and a little more traditional,” Mattingly said. “Anytime we have a chance to score a run I think we’ve got to look at trying to score a run. I think the trend in the game is, don’t give up outs, don’t give up big innings. That may work for some clubs, not sure that it works for us.”

In case anyone was still wondering why “small ball” has such a terrible reputation around here…..

 

QLE Posted: March 19, 2019 at 03:49 AM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: don mattingly, marlins, small ball

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   1. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: March 19, 2019 at 09:22 AM (#5823647)
Being shut out is the new market inefficiency!
   2. vortex of dissipation Posted: March 19, 2019 at 05:02 PM (#5823867)
The Marlins had the worst team ERA, and were second in runs against, in the NL last season. Playing for one run is hardly an optimum strategy when you give up over five runs per game.
   3. Nasty Nate Posted: March 19, 2019 at 05:08 PM (#5823870)
Have they moved the sculpture yet?
   4. manchestermets Posted: March 20, 2019 at 05:51 AM (#5823933)
The Marlins had the worst team ERA, and were second in runs against, in the NL last season. Playing for one run is hardly an optimum strategy when you give up over five runs per game.


They also had the third lowest OBP - moving base runners one base at a time might be* a reasonable plan but you have to get baserunners in the first place.

*but isn't
   5. Cris E Posted: March 20, 2019 at 10:35 AM (#5823961)
I believe the Twins went with "pitching to contact" when they were between decent rosters.
   6. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: March 20, 2019 at 10:36 AM (#5823962)
how does he feel about productive outs?
   7. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: March 20, 2019 at 10:40 AM (#5823963)
I think the trend in the game is, don’t give up outs, don’t give up big innings. That may work for some clubs, not sure that it works for us.”


"We're going to be giving up tons of outs."
   8. Cris E Posted: March 20, 2019 at 10:45 AM (#5823965)
"Heck, we plan on making a bunch of our own!"
   9. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: March 20, 2019 at 10:55 AM (#5823968)
There's just no way this team isn't going to be dreadful. Just looking at the depth chart, there aren't enough major leaguers.

Their most dangerous hitter is either Starlin Castro or Brian Anderson. That's ugly.

Their rotation and bullpen are also awful.
   10. I Am Not a Number Posted: March 20, 2019 at 11:04 AM (#5823972)
Have they moved the sculpture yet?

Yeah, to the cleanup spot. They got the idea from Kinsella.
   11. I Am Not a Number Posted: March 20, 2019 at 11:05 AM (#5823974)
You think Mattingly and Jeter swallow their own vomit just a little when they talk the way they've chosen to talk this year?
   12. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: March 20, 2019 at 12:52 PM (#5824019)
You think Mattingly and Jeter swallow their own vomit just a little when they talk the way they've chosen to talk this year?

Mattingly has little choice. If he tells the truth, he'll get fired; which is still probably better than managing the Marlins. Jeter made his own bed.
   13. Greg Pope Posted: March 20, 2019 at 02:09 PM (#5824051)
What’s Brinson looking like these days?
   14. Man o' Schwar Posted: March 20, 2019 at 02:27 PM (#5824055)
An Iowa Baseball Confederacy reference? I approve.
   15. Man o' Schwar Posted: March 20, 2019 at 02:28 PM (#5824056)
Yeah I have no sympathy for Jeter in this. He's at the level that can cause more money to be spent to put a better product on the field.

Mattingly has to move the pieces around the chessboard as best he can, even if management gives him nothing but pawns.

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