Don’t count the Z’s out just yet! Just when you thought we were in for a very long season in New Orleans, we’ve suddenly come to life. Early in the season we were having a tough time getting the team to click on all cylinders. One day we would get a solid start out of our pitcher and score no runs, the next day we would score a bunch and get beat. I think we lost the first 9 home games of the year, and now it seems like we win them all. Thats what makes baseball such a great game, and why you play the full season. You never know when something might click and when you might turn it around.
Over the past month or so, our starting pitching has been outstanding. Rick Vandenhurk and Clay Hensley were added to our team to provide some depth and both have been great for us. We are routinely getting our starters into the 6th and 7th innings and consistently keeping us in ball games. John Koronka who made a couple starts in Florida is back with us and has been solid all year. Willie Collazo and Jarret Santos have also done a great job bouncing back and forth from starter to reliever as our staff changes.
Can’t leave out the offense however, we done a great job picking up or play as well. Guys are healthy right now and playing some good baseball. Cameron Maybin has been showing lately why he’s been such a highly touted prospect. Fantastic defense in center field and swinging a very solid stick. Its my opinion and the opinion of others that we have one of the best center fielders in all of professional baseball, including the big leagues, so I expect him to be back in Florida before too long. Gabby Sanchez has also rejoined us after suffering a knee injury that set him back about 8 weeks. He’s been a nice jolt to our lineup, and has helped get us back on track as well. He has a settled into the 3 spot in the order, and is continuing to swing the bat the way the Marlins know he can. Veteran, Mike Ryan has continued to swing a hot stick for us and I expect him to represent us in Portand for the All-Star game. Jai Miller has come back from an oblique injury and has really stepped it up lately as well.
I’ve enjoyed some success this season as well, I made a few adjustments at the plate coming into the season and so far they have paid off. I had minor hamstring injury a while back that set me back about 10 days, so we were playing it safe for a while making sure I wasn’t going to hurt it again. But I expect my playing time to start to increase as we head into the second half of the season. I still feel very confident at this stage of my career that I can get back to the Big Leagues and contribute to a major league ball club. I have learned to play many different positions while not playing everyday and still find a way to be productive and help a ball club win games. Just need to find myself in the right place at the right time. For now I’m focusing on doing my part to help this team win games and trusting that the big things will take care of themselves.
The summer heat is officially in full affect and New Orleans has got to be one of the hottest places on the planet. Lets hope the ballclub can continue to heat up as well as we go through the final months of the season.