The 2013 Marlins only have sixteen games to their name, but have put up an ugly 3-13 record in that time and are dead last in typically offensive categories such as: Runs, batting average, on base percentage, and slugging percentage. Before this week, it wasn’t unfair to claim “at least the pitching has been alright.” Alas, all three losses this week were by 5 runs or more. Where do the Marlins go from here? Hopefully, the agenda is to get healthy while the internet makes jokes at them and analyzes their offensive woes.
Miami Herald’s Clark Spencer updated Marlins fans with a couple roster moves. 31-year old John Maine was attempting a comeback into the majors, but performed rather poorly this season. Maine allowed 15 hits in 7.1 innings, including two home runs and five walks. After his appearance against the Cincinnati Reds last season, Maine was designated for assignment and replaced by Tom Koehler.
Miami’s Double-A affiliate, the Jacksonville Suns, were supposed to present an interesting narrative for the Miami franchise this season. Top prospects Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna, and Jake Marisnick were to be an intimidating outfield in the Southern League until injuries bit all three athletes. Juan C. Rodriguez of the Sun-Sentinel reports that all three are on their way back to the field, with Ozuna being the first in line.
After mashing the first home dinger for Miami on Tuesday, shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria promptly hit the 15-day disabled list with a right elbow contusion. Joe Frisaro of the Fish Pond has the story on his replacement and the 40-man situation.
The consistently incredible Jon Bois of SB Nation posted what was probably my favorite article of the week, on any subject. Bois posted a list of the files on Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria’s laptop. The contents include the exposition of his first novel, and perhaps the blueprint for the outfield structure at Marlins Park. If you click anything here, click this.
Cliff Corcoran at SB Nation offered an answer to the question many of us have been asking. Corcoran puts Miami’s atrocious offense in perspective, explaining that Giancarlo Stanton and company have the rare opportunity to be included in the same league as the 1902 Tigers and the 1963 Colt .45s. Neat!