The Miami Marlins dropped their sixth consecutive ball game on Tuesday night, as the Tampa Bay Rays were able to mount a comeback and earn a walk-off victory in the ninth. The walk-off loss was just another way for the Marlins to lose a ball game. In fact, the Marlins have scored exactly six runs four times this season, but have dropped three of those ball games.
That is a depressing statistic to think about.
The backlash from the Miami fans and media has unsurprisingly been rough. Most of the criticism is warranted, but there are however times when the media needs to take a step back and look at the facts and take emotion out of criticizing the team.
A recent example of that is an article I came across on CBS Miami, in an article dealing with the Marlins Futility. Much of the article had the same complaints against the Marlins that we have read all season long and since the fire sale trade with the Blue Jays.
The last two paragraphs really struck a chord for me though. The author does not seem to have a clear cut idea of how a baseball team is run and how player transactions work.
Going back several years, if the Marlins had not decided to blow up the team so many times, the team would still have a third-baseman on the squad named Miguel Cabrera, who on the current pace he’s on will be a back-to-back AL MVP award winner.
In other words, if fully healthy and the constant salary dumping insisted upon by owner Jeffrey Loria hadn’t taken place, the Marlins could have a lineup that included: SS Jose Reyes, 3B Miguel Cabrera, RF Giancarlo Stanton, plus top prospect Christian Yelich in the minors waiting to be called up.
The article clearly wants to call resentment toward the Marlins front office by putting together a roster that may have never even had a shot to see the field together.
First off, regardless of the Marlins lying about how much money they made during the Cabrera era, it would be hard for the team to afford a contract such as his. Nor could the team afford a high-priced free agent like Jose Reyes to put next to Miggy, as well as field a competitive team with a limited payroll.
Secondly, there is no promise the Marlins are able to draft players such as Christian Yelich and Giancarlo Stanton if the team had an anchor like Cabrera. Although it is no guarantee that the Marlins would be a better team with Miggy, it is hard to bet against the team finishing better than with Mike Jacobs manning first base.
So while the author of the article tries to paint a rosy picture of what things could have been, the roster he envisions in his fantasy is far from feasible.
Has the Miami Marlins offense been improving? | Fishstripes
For what seems like the entire season, the Miami Marlins have been fighting the label of “Worst Ever”. As many wise people (like our own Michael Jong) will tell you, “never bet on history” and as such The Miami Marlins are not likely to be the worst team ever even though they have had their fair share of offensive struggles. If the season ended today their wRC+ of 63 would be the worst ever. So, yes through the first 51 games of the season the Miami Marlins offense is certainly in the running for for “Worst Ever”
How the Miami Marlins can become the Tampa Bay Rays | Fishstripes
The Miami Marlins are facing the Tampa Bay Rays in a four-game series this week, and yesterday afternoon was not a good beginning to the series. The Marlins lost again, the Rays continued their climb back to a respectable 2013 record, and the two teams continue on diverging paths.
Astros or Marlins: Which Team Will Recover First? | Bleacher Report
The Houston Astros and Miami Marlins took different routes to end up in the dirty cellar of Major League Baseball.
The question is who will get out of the sewage first?
Rob Brantly, young Miami Marlins going through learning process | Palm Beach Post
Catcher Rob Brantly knows he’s learning the nuances of the game at the major-league level, but he said that’s no excuse for mental mistakes he made Monday.
With runners at first and third in the second inning, Brantly scooped a bunt and tried to throw to second base to start a double play without looking at the runner at third base.
Right-hander Nathan Eovaldi will make his second rehab start for Class A Jupiter on Thursday. His next start after that will probably be with Class AA Jacksonville next Tuesday.
After his start in Jacksonville, the Marlins will discuss whether to continue the rehab stint or bring him back.
Dietrich, drafted by Rays, happy to be with Marlins | Marlins News
Picked by the Rays in the second round of the 2010 First-Year Player draft, Derek Dietrich once believed he would be someday making his big league debut with Tampa Bay.
It didn’t work out that way, but the 23-year-old couldn’t be happier.
Here at Marlin Maniac:
Editors Notes: With the long weekend and my brothers graduation keeping me occupied with family members over, I was unable to get these done the past few days. Going to do a cumulative report for the past few days with things returning to normal Wednesday morning.
Jose Fernandez‘s return to the Tampa area did not go as planned. The young 20-year old had his roughest outing of his young career. Fernandez allowed seven runs (four earned) in just 3 2/3 innings of work. He struck out six hitters, but also struggled with command, allowing three walks and hitting a batter.
Ah, yes the in-state rivalry. The historic battle between two teams that compete for market share in the same geographic region. Historically, the Marlins have the edge here because, well, they have brought two world championships to the state of Florida while the Rays have ran once.