Florida Series Review

The good news from this past weekend is that Miami played Florida closer than they have in quite a while. The bad news, though, is that they accomplished that by winning all of one game in the series.

The Canes took game 1 on Friday 3-2 before losing the last two by scores of 6-4 and 6-3.

Ultimately, I don't think this series loss is real reason for concern, but it is hard not to be disappointed given that this is not a vintage Florida team.

Without further ado, my three up and three down for this past weekend.

Three Up:

- Chris Diaz continues to look the part of a staff ace. All he did on Friday was throw seven shutout innings. He didn't overpower hitters (he only had two strikeouts), but he only walked one hitter and he did a good job of working his way around the eight hits that he gave up in his start. Thanks to his emergence and the improving health of Bryan Radziewski and Eric Whaley, the Canes are looking very strong in the starting rotation.

- The pop from the catching position continues to be a pleasant surprise. Both Garrett Kennedy and Alex San Juan had home runs over the weekend and both guys are hitting well over .300 for the season.

- I know it isn't the be all and end all, but for the first time in a couple of years, Miami competed with Florida. Too often of late, the Canes haven't even looked like they should be on the same field as the Gators. It's a tough pill to swallow that this is a down Florida team, but it's something.

Three Down:

- The defense was a bit shaky on Friday and Sunday, as the Hurricanes committed three errors in each game. Even though they were able to survive the miscues and win the game on Friday night, it's a bit unsettling that all three errors were made by shortstop Brandon Lopez. After Stephen Perez proved to be less than ideal defensively in his Miami career, head coach Jim Morris was certainly hoping that Lopez would be an upgrade. He still might be, but three error games will have to be a rare occurrence.

- Dale Carey is having a lot of trouble at the plate. On the season, Carey is hitting .171. He went 0-for-6 this past weekend before being sat down for Sunday's game. Most of the rest of the team is swinging the bat well, so they've been able to survive, but it's hard to imagine Miami reaching their goals without Carey being a big part of the offense.

- It was yet another uneven weekend for A.J. Salcines. He threw a scoreless ninth inning on Friday night to get his second save of the season, but then he gave up four earned runs in just one inning on Saturday. The rest of the bullpen has been very, very good, but much like Carey with the offense, the Canes are going to need Salcines to be a big part of the picture this season.


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