Marlins can smell October: But Can LF Josh Willingham?
As October slowly creeps closer and closer, the Florida Marlins are looking to be definite NL East contenders. However, the problem with the fish is simply one word; inconsistency. As I watch them every game from April to September, I see that when the bats are on a tear in a month, the pitching is nowhere to be found. Then the very next month, the games are ending with a score of 0 to1 because the bats couldn't produce any ribbies. The team is young and cheap so this is somewhat expected, but it has to be tearing manager Freddi Gonzalez apart at the seams.
One player that has to step up to the plate and come through for Floridais left fielder, Josh Willingham. He is their cleanup hitter who needs to be cleaning up his stats a little bit. The man is young, and will always have a below average B.A. at about .262, but the thing that is missing from him the most this year, when compared to last year and the year before, is the power. He has been stuck at 8 home runs for over a month now. He doesn't have the greatest power in the league and definitely cannot compete with the bombers like Ryan Howard or Prince Fielder, But coming off of 2 straight seasons with over 20 dingers, its time to start touching the bases a bit more.
The cleanup hitter has one job, drive the run in. And along with the missing home run totals, where are the RBIS? He has 35 RBIS this season and prefers double plays and strike outs over run producing hits. Now Josh missed 50 games early this season, so that isn't helping the stats at all, but it is time to start producing. If the Marlins want a shot in the NL East or the wild card, his bat is going to have to come alive. And if the fish do make it into the post season, Josh "The Hammer" Willingam's numbers are going to be vital.
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