The Fish finally took the 2012 season out to the South forty and put a bullet in it. Here’s the bad news in one convenient, if bilious summary:
69-93, tying the Red Sox, and only better than the Twins, Rockies, Cubs and Astros.
Team Batting Average with Runners on Base: .241. Somehow, the Cubbies managed to crawl into the all-MLB cellar with us on this gem of a stat.
Runs: 609. Only beaten for dead last by the Astros, at 583, and only 199 out of first place.
HR: 137. Only 108 shy of the (damn) Yankees. What a squeaker!
RBI: 576. Third from the bottom, ahead of the Cubs and Astros.
SB: 147, a very respectable third place. Thank you Emilio, and thank you, Jose.
K/9: 6.95. We beat only two teams: The Twins and the Indians.
BABIP: .300, eighth in MLB.
ERA: 4.10, 10th in MLB.
WHIP: 1.35, also 10th in MLB.
E: 103, better than the playoff-contending Tigers, Dodgers, Angels, Reds, Braves, Nationals, and (damn) Yankees. Let’s hope that doesn’t change this winter!
The Marlins, as I’m sure everyone agrees, could have done much better this year than they did. I’m sure there will be a lot of chin-pulling in Little Havana between now and February 22, when pitchers and catchers report to Jupiter.
Prima Donna closer Heath Bell gets a special call-out. In the 2012 season, the fickle finger-pointer managed to be a clear contender for the Worst Closer in all of Baseball. The $9m/year whiner managed to nab the #2 spot for blown saves at 8. He blew only one game fewer than Milwaukee’s John Axford. However, John managed 35 saves as compared to Bell’s 19. Yup, it was the catcher’s fault, after all.