Miami Marlins: Three reasons the Marlins are winning other than Giancarlo Stanton

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MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 26: Miami Marlins players decorate their hats in honor of the late Jose Fernandez during the game against the New York Mets at Marlins Park on September 26, 2016 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 26: Miami Marlins players decorate their hats in honor of the late Jose Fernandez during the game against the New York Mets at Marlins Park on September 26, 2016 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images) /
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PHILADELPHIA, PA – AUGUST 24: J.T. Realmuto
PHILADELPHIA, PA – AUGUST 24: J.T. Realmuto /

Lineup picking up the slack while Realmuto slumps

There is little doubt that J.T. Realmuto is one of the most unique players in baseball. He’s an athletic catcher, capable of legging out an inside-the-park home run when he needs to. But he hasn’t been contributing in a major way while the Marlins are winning.

In fact, Realmuto is having his worst month of the season. In August, his OBP is only .208, and struck out 22 times. Those are both season lows for any month for Realmuto. Signs indicate to him not seeing the ball well, having drawn only two walks the entire month.

It’s been all or nothing in August for the talented young catcher. He’s managed only 16 hits in 96 plate appearances, four of which were home runs, another four being doubles. He’s also managed three sacrifice flies, including the go ahead run in a 9-8 victory of the Philles on Thursday.

Realmuto continues to be rock steady behind the plate though. The rest of the lineup is hitting  well enough that his slump hasn’t slowed the teams winning ways. There is little doubt that Realmuto will come out of the slump at some point, and when he does, watch out.

He’s managed to stay productive despite his struggles. He’s a part of the core for a reason.

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