J.T. Realmuto is not helping the Marlins win games

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 17: J.T. Realmuto
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 17: J.T. Realmuto /

J.T. Realmuto missed a little over two weeks to start the season. During that time the Miami Marlins only won three games. Realmuto has been back for a little over a week and the Marlins have only won two games.

Realmuto is an excellent offensive catcher and any team would be lucky to have someone of his talent. But at the end of the day Realmuto is not enough for Miami to win baseball games.

J.T. Realmuto
MILWAUKEE, WI – APRIL 22: J.T. Realmuto #11 of the Miami Marlins hits a single in the third inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on April 22, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

Realmuto has appeared in six games this season. Miami has only won two games compared to four losses. The Marlins also lost the game Realmuto did not appear in. It was quite a surprise to see Miami take down the Yankees in New York and the Dodgers in Los Angeles. However losing five games in between wins including being swept by Milwaukee was expected. It appears that even adding Realmuto the Marlins lineup is not enough to get them out of the basement of the National League East.

Realmuto is slashing .400/.478/.700 on the season with a 1.178 OPS. While these early numbers for Realmuto are unsustainable, they are certainly a welcome sight for an anemic Marlins offense.

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Realmuto has only appeared in six games, yet is seventh in runs, third in home runs and sixth in RBI. The majority of the roster has played at least 16 more games than Realmuto yet is he is relatively high on the list in a short period of time. In essence this speaks volumes about the deficiencies of the Marlins offense.

There is an interesting fact about the games that Realmuto has played in this season. The Marlins have won the two games Realmuto has homered in. The other four games when Realmuto has not homered the Marlins have lost. The Realmuto home run to win ratio is not a reliable metric by any means but just an interesting fact to monitor as the season progresses.

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