Saved by Núñez

The Florida Marlins bullpen is an absolute mess. It’s written all over Fredi González’s face whenever he needs to pull his starter and go to the pen. It’s like he’s bringing in Wile E. Coyote to hold the lead, and he inevitably blows up the stadium with his Acme TNT kit. As a team, the bullpen has blown ten saves so far. And the Marlins need to hang 14 runs on the competition just to have a chance to win a ball game. But if there’s one silver lining in this crapstorm cloud, it’s been closer Leo Núñez. He hasn’t blown a save since May 4, and his 2.19 ERA is third among NL closers. He also ranks seventh among closers in the National League. In other words, Fredi needs to figure out a way to clone Núñez immediately. The misadventures of the Marlins bullpen will most likely continue this Saturday when they host the San Diego Padres at Sun Life Stadium. They’ll also feature a postgame fireworks show and a performance by rockers O.A.R. No word if Wile E. Coyote will supply the pyrotechnics.
Sat., June 26, 7:10 p.m., 2010


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