The Marlins offensive skid continued this week, going winless in four games including getting swept in the opening series against the Braves. Miami wasn’t projected to be offensive juggernauts going into the season, but 16 runs in nine games is still cause for concern. Another point of discussion for the Marlins includes the meager attendance throughout the Braves series. Once again, the Marlins weren’t expected to set attendance records this season (or ever) but it would have been nice to see a couple more faces at the home opener, perhaps Jeffery Loria? Maybe even the people who were kicked out? I don’t know.
Joe Frisario at the Fish Pond discusses the advantages of adding another hitting coach. Other teams have given it a shot and it’s become a topic for color commentators all around the league.
While the Miami bats have yet to live up to their potential, Scott Gelm at Fish Stripes wrote about how the Marlins rotation has quietly been effective during the offensive drought. Throughout injuries and low expectations, the rotation has at least given the Marlins a chance to win in late innings.
Juan C. Rodriquez of the Sun-Sentinel reports that manager Mike Redmond will continue to put Juan Pierre in the lineup in spite of his numbers against leftys. Pierre currently has the third most hits on the team, with seven.
The Miami Herald posted a video of Mark Redmond’s post-game talk after Wednesday’s loss to Atlanta. Plenty of coach-talk here about not “getting the guys over” and “getting confidence back” but the bottom line was that runs aren’t being scored.
Gregg Doyel of CBS Sports published his column slamming owner Jeffery Loria’s colorful track record of baseball ownership. It seems there’s a new column tearing apart Loria’s tenure each week, this one gives the Marlins a goal (lose tons of games) and a timetable (Sept. 12) to get rid of their owner. While the goal of losing 121 games by September 21st is a little sad to read, the column isn’t unwarranted.