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RISPY BUSINESS

The Marlins were the hottest team in baseball with wins in 7 of 9 and 23 of their previous 32 games before dropping the first 4 games of this homestand. Their recent slide is due, in large part, to a remarkable inability to deliver with runners in scoring position.

Here are some of the numbers:

In last night’s loss to the Rays, the Marlins were held to one run despite putting 16 men on base (7 hits, 8 walks and a catcher’s interference call). Miami went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position a night after going hitless in 13 at-bats against the Braves.

In the first 4 games of the homestand, the Marlins are 1-for-28 with runners in scoring position, and, if you go back to the final game of the series in Philadelphia, the club has one hit in its last 30 such AB’s.

Since the start of June, in 7 games, the Marlins have hit .098 (5-for-51) with RISP, going 2-5.

For the season, the Marlins are hitting .219 with runners in scoring position, tied for 27th out of the 30 major league clubs.  If you know with whom they’re tied off the top of your head, you deserve a prize.  The Marlins and the Yankees are both at .219 for the season, ahead of only the Giants (.215) and the Padres (.188).

In going 21-8 in May, the Marlins hit .257 (69-for-269) with RISP.  In going 10-19 in April (8-14) and June (2-5), the Marlins have hit .172 (37-for-215) with RISP.

“We’ve got to do better than that if we want to compete,” said manager Ozzie Guillen we’ve got to get better with people on base.

“We have good at-bats and put ourselves in good situations to get something going, then, when we have people on base, we don’t do the job we should be doing. If we want to compete, we’ve got to be a lot better in that department.”

Prior to last night’s game, Ozzie said he didn’t necessarily question hitters’ approaches with men in scoring position, just the results.

Post-game last night, he said, “The only thing I don’t see is runners crossing the plate.  We have to do better than that, especially the bottom of the lineup. The bottom of the lineup has to dig in and try to help the people at the top. We’re really struggling at the bottom.”

As for the options the manager has at this point: “The only way I believe you can get out of a slump and get better is by playing.  I try to mix and match here and there, but still the same results. We need those guys. We need those guys to go out and perform the way they should perform.”

Here’s how Marlins position players have fared with runners in scoring position this season. You might be surprised by some of the numbers:

Solano: .667 (2-3)

Dobbs: .381 (8-21)

Kearns: .375 (6-16)

Petersen: .286 (4-14)

Stanton: .280 (14-40)

Bonifacio: .278 (10-36)

Reyes: .270 (10-37)

G. Sanchez: .207 (6-29)

Ramirez: .194 (13-67)

Infante: .190 (8-42)

Coghlan: .182 (4-22)

Buck: .179 (7-39)

Morrison: .133 (6-45)

Hayes: .083 (1-12)

Murphy: .17 (1-13)

Ruggiano: .000 (0-2)

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THE FRANCHISE: A SEASON WITH THE MIAMI MARLINS (Full Preview Episode)

In its entirety, here’s the full 32-minute preview episode of Showtime’s “The Franchise: A Season with the Miami Marlins.” Enjoy it. Then let me know what you thought of it.

SET YOUR DVR

From the opening of Marlins Park, to the arrival of Ozzie Guillen, Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, Heath Bell and Carlos Zambrano, there’s never been a more anticipated season in Marlins history.

And for Marlins fans, there’s never been a better way to go behind-the-scenes and get an insider’s perspective on life with the club than “The Franchise: A Season with the Miami Marlins.”

The Showtime series, which debuts July 11, is produced by MLB Productions in concert with Major League Baseball and the club.  And for those eager for a sneak peak, Showtime airs a special preview episode tonight at 9.

Trust me: You’re going to want to see it. And I’m told tonight’s episode actually runs a few minutes long, so you’d be smart to set your DVR to record an extra 5 minutes.

For those who missed the first season of “The Franchise,” which followed the San Francisco Giants as they defended their 2010 World Series title, this is DEFINITELY a show worth watching.

Gary Waksman, Senior Producer of Original Entertainment for MLB Productions, is Supervising Producer of “The Franchise,” and I’ve been a fan of Gary’s work for years, since I first met him as he chronicled the Red Sox’ run to the 2004 World Series championship for MLB Productions and for the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary he directed, “Four Nights in October.” His stuff is tremendous.

Here’s how he describes “The Franchise”:

“It’s an up-close and in-depth perspective on a baseball team from inside the bubble looking out.  Throughout the years, baseball fans and sports fans in general want to be on the inside. They want to know what it’s like to be inside that clubhouse, to be part of the camaraderie, to be a part of the speeches to be as close to the action as they possibly can. To be that 26th man or woman on the bench.

“It also has a human-interest perspective it’s about the characters. It’s not just about the wins and losses. It’s beyond that. There are extra layers. Players, families, off the field, executives. There are a lot of moving parts, a lot of great characters and storylines. The objective is to just bring it all to life.

The beauty about sports is it’s the ultimate unscripted drama, and that’s why people love it.”

And as for why MLB and Showtime chose the Marlins:

“This was as close to a no-brainer as you could possibly get.  The new stadium, the characters involved. It was just a perfect storm of elements, something that no one could say no to.”

While Gary and his crew have been hard at work since before the start of Spring Training, the series itself is constantly evolving.

“It’s never what you expect. There are a lot of storylines. There are some things that no one could have foreseen with this ballclub already. You can account for certain things, but there are a lot of moving parts. The season is a marathon, and part of the marathon is you have people jumping to the forefront of that run every day, and it’s our job to determine which stories are best on a daily basis.”

When the show debuts in July, each episode will be an hour. Tonight’s preview will last almost 35 minutes.

Here’s a trailer. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWjmh6SOAr0&feature=showob

Set your DVR. This is going to be a lot of fun, and it promises to be incredibly interesting…just like this team.

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RELIEVED PITCHERS

Hanley’s multi-sensory 8th-inning home run (you could see it, hear it and even FEEL it if you were in the ballpark) may have decided last night’s game against the Cubs, but there was universal agreement in the post-game clubhouse that the biggest developments of the night for the Marlins came on the mound.

After a pair of rocky outings to begin the year, Josh Johnson worked 7 strong innings, limiting the Cubs to 2 runs on 7 hits.  And after Steve Cishek turned in yet another in a long-line of seemingly daily stellar outings to set down the side in the 8th, Heath Bell needed only 7 pitches (all strikes) to dispose of the Cubs 1-2-3 in the 9th to earn his first Marlins save.

For Ozzie Guillen, the performances turned in by his ace and his closer were the highlights of the night.

“To see JJ throwing the ball the way he did, I think personally, he needed that. And so did we, to get rid of those doubts and questions about him and how he performed the last 2 outings, especially the last one, it cleared a lot of people’s minds about how he is.

And second of all, to give the opportunity to Heath Bell to go out there and do what he does best. Those are the 2 things, besides the home run and the win, those are the greatest things that happened for us (last night).”

After allowing 21 hits in 9 2/3 innings his first 2 times out, JJ said last night felt different.

“I felt like I could let it go. When my timing’s off, this past month, it hasn’t really felt quite there. It was close, but it wasn’t quite there, and I wasn’t really sure what it was until we went back and looked at the video and saw that my hands weren’t breaking at the correct time and doing what I’ve always done through my career. Just to get deep into the game, and again, I gave up a couple of hard-hit balls, but there were some balls that just found holes and found ways to get through.  But I went out there and battled and got through 7.”

For Bell, who led all of baseball in saves over the last 3 seasons, earning his first save in a Marlins uniform took a little longer than he would have liked with a pair of blown saves to begin the year, but following a Sunday morning throwing session with pitching coach Randy St. Claire, the righthander was confident he was back on track, and he didn’t try to hide the relief he felt following last night’s performance.

“This is like a huge weight off my back, plain and simple. I went out there and blew the first 2, and I’m big on trying to get my teammates to trust me in any situation at any given time. This is a good start.

Between talking to Buck and St. Claire, and me and St. Claire working out and playing catch, we fixed it on Sunday, It’s not something that’s going to come back. It’s fixed.  It’s done with. We’re going to go on and get a lot of people out.”

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