Mike Dunn was so exhausted from heavy usage at one point in July that he stopped working out in the weight room to conserve what little energy he had left. And A.J. Ramos said he reached a point of having to change the arm angle on his delivery simply to “find a position where my arm wasn’t hurting.”
The Marlins’ bullpen was taxed heavily during an exhausting period before the All-Star break. But the workload hasn’t been nearly as severe since then, and the results have been better.
“I think the biggest thing is our starters have been pitching a lot better, going deeper into games, and allowing guys to get days off in the pen when needed,” Dunn said.
Though the Marlins’ bullpen has logged more innings than all but three major-league teams, its recent workload has eased up.
“It’s huge how much your body can heal itself in one day,” Dunn said. “There was a stretch there [in June and July] for 2 1/2 weeks where I didn’t even go to the weight room. I can’t waste any more energy that I might need out there. It was save whatever energy you have for the field. I was gassed, really beat up.”
The Marlins have started seven players at second base this season. Jeff Baker started there on Sunday for the first time since June 16.• The Marlins’ 31 one-run victories lead the majors and are one shy of the franchise record.
Both the 1997 and 2000 Marlins had 32 one-run wins.• The Diamondbacks didn’t commit five errors in Saturday’s 2-1 loss, after all.
On Sunday, one error was erased on a scoring change. Arizona shortstop Cliff Pennington’s throwing error, which allowed Marcell Ozuna to score from third with what proved to be the deciding run, was removed, and Jeff Mathis was credited with an RBI.
COMING UP• Monday: Off day.
• Tuesday: Marlins RHP Jarred Cosart (1-1, 2.92 ERA) vs. Texas Rangers RHP Miles Mikolas (1-5, 7.71), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.