There has been a lot of chatter that with the slow start for the Miami Marlins that the team might be in contention for being one of the worst teams in Major League history. A lot of the chatter started before the season, despite Baseball Prospectus’ projections projecting the Marlins to avoid an embarrassing 100-loss season.
The chatter lately has been due to the Marlins slow 5-16 start in their first 21 games. The San Diego Padres are only one behind the Marlins in the loss column and the Houston Astros 25-man roster is actually worse than the Marlins. Most of the angst that hangs around the Marlins is more directed at owner Jeffery Loria, not as much as the on-field product.
The Marlins are more talented than a 5-16 team and they will start to play better as their star, Giancarlo Stanton, starts to heat up. Yes, the Marlins will be bad in 2013, but they are still far away from being historically bad in my honest opinion.
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Miguel Cabrera, Fish Stripes reflect on potential Marlins – Angels trade in 2007 | Fishstripes
Miguel Cabrera and the Detroit Tigers spent the past weekend battling the Los Angeles Angels in a repeat matchup between last year’s MVP candidates. Cabrera and Mike Trout were on opposite sides of the MVP race, but when questioned, Cabrera wondered what it would be like to play for the Angels, given that he was so close to doing so back in 2008.
It wasn’t a fire sale trade, and it most likely won’t be remembered as one of the best baseball deals in Miami Marlins history. Trading for outfielder Justin Ruggiano last May, when the Marlins were in need of an outfielder and some offense, is a move that continues to make the Marlins’ scouts and baseball executives look like they actually have an idea of how to put a winning baseball team together.
The Marlins are playing bad baseball and languishing in last place. But after dropping the first game of Monday’s day-night doubleheader to fall to 4-16 — the worst record at the 20-game mark in franchise history — Greg Dobbs vowed the losing won’t continue.
Not only is Stanton not hitting home runs, he’s become a ground ball machine. Though Stanton’s fly ball rate according to Fangraphs actually has jumped from 41.7 percent in 2012 to 46.4 percent (through Monday), his ground ball rate also has spiked.
Managing a Major League Baseball team is probably kind of like driving a car. It is easy to drive the perfect car down a smooth road on fresh tires and a full tank of gas and look like a great driver. That isn’t to say the person driving isn’t great, they may very well be. How much more of a great driver does it take however to drive a clunker with bald tires down a windy and messed up road? Sure the guy in the second car might look like a bad driver but he isn’t necessarily. Such is the case of Miami Marlins manager Mike Redmond.
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The Miami Marlins continue to struggle early on in the season, their record currently sits at an embarrassing 4-15. The team is currently the worst in the majors, but the Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros, and San Diego Padres are not too far behind. Giancarlo Stanton finally collected his first RBI of the season yesterday and had two hits on the day in a 10-6 loss to the Cincinnati Reds. The team hopes he can continue to build off of that.
Due to the threat of a snowstorm moving in, the Minnesota Twins and Major League Baseball have decided to postpone their game with the Miami Marlins tonight.
When the Marlins decided to trade away Hanley Ramirez, Omar Infante, Gaby Sanchez, and Anibal Sanchez at the trade deadline last season, the reality of yet another re-building process was beginning to set into a lot of peoples mind’s here in South Florida. With these trades being approved, the Marlins had all but given up on the season. Finishing last in the division, many people thought that it couldn’t get any worse and then it happened. On November 19th, 2012, the Miami Marlins shot their fans and players right in the heart after they traded Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Emilio Bonifacio, Mark Buehrle, and John Buck to the Toronto Blue Jays for Yunel Escobar, Jeff Mathis and prospects.
Although the schedule called for two games to be played in Minnesota, the late season snow forced the third reschedule of the season for the Twins. Instead, we have a split doubleheader today, with games at 2:10 and 8:10 (ET).
The Miami Marlins and Minnesota Twins will play a split double header today to make up for the game that was postponed due to the snowstorm that moved through the area yesterday. This is the Marlins only trip to Minnesota to see the beautiful Target Field.
The Miami Marlins dropped the first game of the double header to the Minnesota Twins by the final score of 4-3. Jose Fernandez labored through his fourth career start. Alex will have the game recap for the first game up in a little while.
In game one of the interleague doubleheader between the Miami Marlins and Minnesota Twins, the Marlins fell by a score of 3-4. The Marlins offense managed one walk and eight strikeouts against the Twins today.
Rob Brantly, Giancarlo Stanton Lead Miami Marlins To Victory Over Minnesota Twins, 8-5
After dropping the first game of their double header with the Minnesota Twins, the Miami Marlins were able to bounce back in a huge way. The Marlins offense tied a season high scoring eight runs and picked up a season high 16 hits on the night.