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The MLB Good, Bad & the Ugly for 5th & 6th week of the 2015 MLB Season. Thanks to ESPN.com for stats that are included in this article.
The Good#1: Bryce Harper keeping the Nationals going– Bryce Harper has been rolling the last 2 weeks, hitting HR, driving in runs, doing it all. Harper had 4 RBI in the Nationals 10-5 win in San Diego on Sunday, below you will see Harper stats so far this season.
2015 League Ranks:
• 5th in NL in BA (.338)
• 1st in NL in HR (14)
• 1st in NL in RBI (37)
• 1st in NL in R (36)
• 1st in NL in BB (36)
• 1st in NL in SLG (.729)
• 1st in NL in OPS (1.206)
The Good#2: The Biggest Surprise in Baseball; The Houston Astros– The Astros have the 3rd best record in Baseball at 25-13 & is looking good, most know about Jose Altuve, but Starting Pitcher Dallas Keuchel has 5 wins & 1.87 ERA. The Stros are 11th in hitting & 8th in Pitching, hopefully the Astros stay strong throughout the Summer in the AL West.
The Bad: Chris Davis is cold– Chris Davis sadly leads MLB with 54 strikeouts, but thats not all. The Last 7 days, Davis is hitting .136 average, 3 for 22 with only 1 HR & 2 RBI’s & in May hitting .180 average. 9 for 50. Just looking bad so far for Chris Davis.
The Ugly: Miami Marlins Manager Mike Redmond gets fired during his team almost being no hit– Twelve years ago, when the Marlins were 16-22, owner Jeffrey Loria fired his manager and the team went on to win the World Series.
Now Miami is hoping for a repeat.
With that same 16-22 record, Loria fired manager Mike Redmond on Sunday after the Marlins were nearly no-hit in a 6-0 loss to Atlanta that completed a three-game sweep.
As the outs mounted, Loria left his seat near home plate in the fourth inning. After the game, he left it to president of baseball operations Michael Hill to explain the managerial change.
“We haven’t played to our capabilities,” Hill said. “We’re hopeful that a new voice will spark and motivate our guys.”
Redmond’s replacement will be announced Monday, the Marlins said. Bench coach Rob Leary also was fired.
“I feel bad for them,” reliever Steve Cishek said. “It’s not their fault.”
In his final game, Redmond had a hard time finding anyone who could get a hit. Shelby Miller was one out from a no-hitter when Justin Bour singled. In May 2003, Loria fired Jeff Torborg after 38 games. Replacement Jack McKeon led a turnaround that resulted in an improbable run to the World Series title.
The Marlins haven’t been to the postseason since.
Following a busy offseason highlighted by the signing of slugger Giancarlo Stanton to a record $325 million contract, the Marlins had high hopes of ending their playoff drought. But their bullpen has been woeful, and the batting order has struggled aside from major-league RBIs leader Stanton and batting leader Dee Gordon.
The Marlins have lost nine of their past 13 games and are fourth in the National League East.
“We’re looking for that consistency,” Hill said. “We’re swinging the bat well at times, but not when we need to do it. We’re pitching well at times, but not when we need to do it. I think the solution is in that clubhouse.”
Loria has a reputation for impatience with managers. Along with the early-season firing of Torborg, he dismissed Fredi Gonzalez in June 2010, and fired Joe Girardi and Ozzie Guillen after one season each.
Redmond went 62-100 in his first year as a major-league manager with the Marlins in 2013. They improved to 77-85 last year, ending a streak of three consecutive last-place finishes in the NL East. Their 15-win improvement tied for the best in the National League by a 100-loss team since 1986.