The Miami Marlins entered the series needing a sweep. That was adjusted to a series victory after dropping game two. After another loss on Thursday, the finish their home stand with a whimper.
A baseball season is a long trek towards the end of September. Individual games don’t carry much importance, but together they make up the entirety of the baseball season. For the Miami Marlins, the losses have mounted up quickly.
Unfortunately for the Fish, they’ve back themselves into a corner after playing terribly through the month of May. Now, approaching the halfway point in the season, the Marlins find themselves in a must win situation nearly every night.
On Thursday, they failed to beat the Mets in one of the most important games of the season.
The game was important for a few reasons. For one, it was a division game against a natural rival. Both teams have been struggling, and both were looking to use this series to rebound. One of them did, and it wasn’t the Miami Marlins.
But it was important in a much larger sense for the Marlins organization. With the decisive 27th out, a bounding chopper to the Mets third baseman Matt Reynolds, Miami played its final home game of the first half. It might be the last time fans see the team as presently constructed.
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The Fish need to make serious headway on the ensuing home stand to persuade ownership not to piece the team apart. While the team isn’t likely to trade away cornerstone pieces of the franchise while Loria attempts to sell the team, what happens after that is anyones guess.
The Miami Marlins needed a win tonight. And tomorrow night. And the night after that. They’ll need to go 9-1 in their next 10 games to finish the first half at .500 keep hope alive.
Finale against the Mets
Jose Urena had been Miami’s hottest pitcher heading into this game. He’d pitched six innings in his last three starts, and was averaging a game score of 62 in those starts. Tonight, the Mets saw the ball coming out of his hand and they capitalized. Urena fell to 6-3 in tonights game; a deserved loss.
Urena finished the evening having thrown six innings, allowing five runs, three of them earned, and surrendering six hits.
After weeks of destroying opposing pitching, the Marlins lineup has started to slide lately. They mustered only three runs in Thursday’s contest, and couldn’t get one across at all on Wednesday. With a flight to Milwaukee to face the Brewers next on the itinerary, they’ll have to figure things out quickly.
The Mets series was an opportunity for the Miami Marlins to make a statement; they failed to do so. Instead, the team dropped the final two games, scoring only three runs in 18 innings. That won’t be enough to convince the incoming management group.