Pitchers keep Marlins in it during close games

Pitchers keep Marlins in it during close games

Pitchers keep Marlins in it during close games
MIAMI -- Based on how Marlins starting pitchers have performed, get ready for more frantic finishes.

Miami manager Ozzie Guillen sees it that way.

"It's all about pitching," Guillen said. "Late in the game, don't be surprised if we're going to win or lose late in the games. The reason is our starting pitching is pretty good. You're going to see a lot of bullpen guys losing and winning games."

Sunday was the fifth walk-off win for the Marlins, and it came on the 26th quality start by the rotation.

Carlos Zambrano threw seven innings, giving up two runs (one earned) in a no-decision against the Mets.

The Marlins are tied with the Phillies and Nationals for the most quality starts in the Majors. A quality start is at least six innings without allowing more than three earned runs.

Catcher John Buck is impressed with the competitiveness of the rotation.

"It seems like they're going out and keeping us in every ballgame," Buck said. "Sometimes when they don't have their good stuff, they are able to keep us in ballgames. That comes to mind with all of those guys."

The Marlins have a winning record, Buck says, largely because of the pitching. The offense has sputtered, especially with runners in scoring position.

"We're at where we're at because of our pitching," Buck said. "The way we're swinging the bats, and our numbers with guys in scoring position, we have no business I think to be where we are win-wise. I think it's because of our pitching, our bullpen, are keeping us in ballgames. It will be kind of nice to have our bats speak up a little bit."