Scott Gelm of Fishstripes pointed out something that has been glossed over early on during the Miami Marlins sluggish start, the quality of their opponents. As Scott points, out:
For the Miami Marlins, a tough schedule could be the cause of a 2-10 record through 12 games. Though manager Mike Redmond has proven that he is refusing to make excuses, the Marlins arguably have one of the toughest April schedules in all of baseball.
The Marlins have played the unbeatable Atlanta Braves, the division favorites in the Washington Nationals, the surprising New York Mets, and the better than their record indicates Philadelphia Phillies. Of that bunch, only the Phillies currently sit below .500 at this juncture.
The combined winning percentage of the Marlins early opponents sits at .634, which is by far the highest winning percentage a team has been scheduled to face thus far. Most of the weight in this statistic is held by the Braves hot start, but it does show that the Marlins slow start is not all the teams fault.
In fact, the Marlins should show gradual improvement as they face inferior opponents and they can get a few balls to bounce their way. The Marlins are not going to be a contender by any means, but they are also not as bad as their record currently indicates.
The baseball season is only two weeks old, but the Miami Marlins have already found a way to have the worst record in baseball. That’s what happens when you score 20 runs in your first 12 games. It appears as though hope can be found down on the farm this season though. Some have started their seasons, while others just had solid springs. Here’s a look at the future (that is, unless they are traded)
The Miami Marlins do not have much to play for in 2013, so their focus, as well as the fans’ focus, should be on the #minorvictories of the season rather than the wins in the aggregate.
It’s just two weeks in the season but it’s clear that the Miami Marlins are clearly lacking in the power department. Will things get any better?
Giancarlo Stanton didn’t play Tuesday, but he made some progress toward potentially returning in the next few days.Stanton sat out for the fifth consecutive game but took his first batting practice since sustaining a bruised shoulder and participated in defensive drills.
ESPN.com’s Buster Olney shared a quick nugget the other day in his daily blog, noting that the Rangers were doing “some early reconnaissance on how they could put together some kind of a deal” for Giancarlo Stanton. This shouldn’t come as a shock. The Rangers’ front office is very proactive and it makes perfect sense to be poking the Miami Marlins about Stanton, even a few months prior to the trade deadline.
The business practices of the Miami Marlins have inspired words such as con and swindler and toxic.
But the ownership of Jeff Loria continues, despite these revelations and a huge disapproval rating. Want some context? In November, the Miami Herald conducted a survey of local residents. It found that Fidel Castro had a 1 percent favorability rating. Loria checked in at 6 percent.
MIAMI — The explosions that occurred at the Boston Marathon on Monday hit home for Marlins general manager Michael Hill.
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Andrew and I chatted about everything from the recent struggles of the Nationals to the potential killing of “the wave” at Major League baseball games.
It seems the Marlins were due for a proper rout, as many recent games had us asking “how the heck are we still in this?” Lefty Wade LeBlanc took the mound for the Fish today, and set the tone for the rest of the game, giving up four runs in the first. The beating continued, with Miami down 8-0 before earning their first hit off of Jordan Zimmerman. Zimmerman went the distance and took the win, while LeBlanc took the loss, final score 10-3.
In a season that has already featured many tough losses for the Miami Marlins, the team suffered probably it’s worse loss of the season last night. Starter Wade LeBlanc labored through his 3 1/3 innings of work, allowing 9 hits and 7 earned runs.
After the Miami Marlins won their third game of the season, defeating the Washington Nationals 8-2, the Marlins made a roster move to accommodate one of their first baseman coming back from injury. Catcher Kyle Skipworth was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans and the team will reinstate Joe Mahoney off the disabled list tomorrow.