Marlins looking to bolster lineup

The Marlins rank 13th in the NL in runs scored. If a hitter is available who might help, they'll take a shot.

Originally Published: July 23, 2004
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN Insider
Jim Thome will testify under oath that Florida starter A.J. Burnett is fully recovered from Tommy John surgery. Wednesday night in Philadelphia, Burnett whiffed Thome twice on fastballs that registered 97 mph on the velocity tote board at Citizens Bank Park. That's man-sized stuff.

But praise and respect from opponents mean little when you're feeling like Tom Glavine South. In his last eight starts, Burnett is 1-3 with a 3.47 ERA. In his 10 starts overall, the Marlins are averaging 2.8 runs per game.

Forget Glavine: That's almost as bad as Zach Day's run support.

Jerry Crasnick

ESPN Senior Writer