Going into their game Friday night against the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Miami Marlins offense was averaging just a measly 2.8 runs a game. Hitting coach Tino Martinez had not an easy going in his first job as a coach in Major League baseball, but he is not to blame for the Marlins issues.
The team’s issues start and end with the personal and manager Mike Redmond is starting to lose his patience with the teams offensive woes.
“We’ve got some guys in there that in the past they’ve been able to get it done. Right now they’re not,” manager Mike Redmond said in an interview with the Sun-Sentinel. “I’m trying to be patient, I’ve been patient. But at the end of the day somebody’s got to step up and get a hit with guys in scoring position.”
The problem with what Redmond is saying is that the Marlins are depending on aging players that are no longer majorly effective in Placido Polanco and Juan Pierre. Greg Dobbs has been a huge prescience for the Marlins off the bench in the past, but thrust into an everyday role, he has struggled immensely.
Wade LeBlanc is the one player on the Miami Marlins that should be released immediately.
He is almost 29 years old, so he is no longer a young prospect; his numbers are terrible; and he has shown no sign of improvement throughout his career. In fact, he seems to be getting worse.
Marlins’ Marcell Ozuna is still a free swinger | Fishstripes
Miami Marlins rookie outfielder Marcell Ozuna has made waves with his strong early play on both sides of the ball, but he has also retained his reputation as a free swinger at the plate.
Marlins Park can be triples haven for Hechavarria | Sun-Sentinel
Marlins Park last season was among the majors’ top 10 for triples. The numbers haven’t been quite as favorable so far this season, but that hasn’t been on account of Adeiny Hechavarria.
Thursday against the Reds, Hechavarria ignited a ninth-inning rally with his major league-leading fifth triple, his third at Marlins Park and second in three games. Both were to right-center.
Stanton progressing in running program | Marlins.com
Pinpointing a target date for Giancarlo Stanton‘s return remains up in the air.
The Marlins’ slugger is hopeful to return before the All-Star break, but right now, everything is a guess.
Here at Marlin Maniac:
Hand continues to be an interesting player in the Marlins organization. While he has the stuff to strike hitters out, his lack of control often leads to a high amount of walks and hits for the opponents. Hand has not been consistent in the minors in getting hitters out and has had the same issues in his limited work in the majors. He at this point is a fringe prospect that will be organizational depth at best.
Arizona Diamondbacks @ Miami Marlins Series Preview: Heath Bell Is The Closer, Run For Your Lives
To preview the series between the second place Diamondbacks and the last place Marlins, I had an email chat with Tom Lynch, a staff writer on Venom Strikes, the Fansided D-Backs site. Venom Strikes has to be one of the cooler names out there for any sports site and they also do a great job of covering everything Diamondbacks-related.
The Miami Marlins 2013 season has been an epic disaster. Due to the struggles the team has gone through, fans are growing frustrated and don’t want to wait for the big prospects in the minor leagues to get ready so they can start winning. We want to win now!
Last night the Miami Marlins took on the Cincinnati Reds in the third game of the three game set. Sadly, the Marlins were just looking to get back on track as they came into the game losing seven out of their last eight games. With the team going through a slump, the Marlins turned to the rookie sensation Jose Fernandez. Throughout the season Fernandez has arguably been one of the most exciting and most efficient players on this depleted Marlins roster. Unfortunately, Fernandez’s strong outing wasn’t enough to put the Marlins back in the win column, as they went onto lose the game in extra innings 5-3.
The Miami Marlins have now lost five straight games and eight of their last ten after being swept by the Cincinnati Reds. The Marlins 11-30 mark is tied with the Houston Astros as the worst in all of baseball. This should come as a surprise to no one.
Losers of eight of their previous ten games, the Miami Marlins will turn to their top pitcher of 2013 in Kevin Slowey to look to end their losing streak. The Arizona Diamondbacks come into this game as winners of seven of their last ten games and will look to leave the Marlins offense freezing, as the temperatures in Miami continue to rise.
Some fantastic news from manager Mike Redmond on injured first baseman Logan Morrison just now, this according to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post on Twitter:
1. a beating, as with a stick, cudgel, etc.
2. a comprehensive or heavy defeat
After another loss for the Miami Marlins, the team made another roster move, keeping the charter going back-and-forward from Miami to New Orleans busy. The team designated reliever Jon Rauch for assignment and called up left hander Duane Below.