No matter how much fans are clamouring for a change in the day-to-day lineup, these Miami Marlins are committed to keeping the same blueprint no matter how many games they lose in 2019.
I know it’s hard to understand as a baseball fan why the Marlins front office would be happy with the way things have gone so far to the first 34 games of the season. But if this organization is going to stick with its plan to build through the minor leagues and accrue pitching prospects for the future, then this is the product that will be on the diamond every night for the next few seasons.
There are many more tomorrows of disappointments for Marlins fans in the future.
As the team entered Monday nights game against the Chicago Cubs they were last in the Majors and runs scored, home runs, doubles and slugging percentage. In other words, this team has been pretty bad. And no matter how many times myself or other baseball writers suggest it, there are no significant changes to be made on the horizon.
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If Marlins fans are going to get behind this team, they need to grit their teeth and bear it. It’s not fun, but there is a method to this madness. Or at least we hope there is one.
"“The guys, we’re just encouraging them to play hard and do everything they can do to make themselves better on a daily basis, and play complete games,” president of baseball operations Michael Hill said before the series opener against the Cubs. “That’s something we haven’t done consistently up to this point, where we’ve put all the facets of the game together, to allow us to win games.”"
I get what the front office wants to do and is trying to make happen, but when does management wave the white flag and admit mistakes have been made, that charting another course is OK? After dumping top stars, opting for a small payroll and praying these young arms pay off, the Marlins are what their record says they are. Thank you, Herm Edwards, for the mantra.
There are plenty of young and talented players on the roster and in the organization. They must start playing like there is an improvement in each game played.
"“We still believe in the roster that we have here, the players that we have here,” Hill said. “We know every day that our pitcher is going to go out there and give us an opportunity to win. We have to take advantage of that.”"
Here’s the good news. The future is brighter right now than it was two seasons ago in the minors. Also, the young starters in the rotation are accomplishing what the franchise set them out to do. The starters rank 14th in MLB in ERA (4.10) and 11th in innings pitched (184 1/3). Thank you, Caleb Smith.
It’s the hitting that has been the Achilles Heel of the Major League roster.
"“When you look at the pieces that we have, we just have to have them play to their strengths,” Hill said. “We know we aren’t going to be a huge home run team, but we knew that we have guys who make contact consistently — gap power. They’re capable of advancing the lineup and putting up crooked numbers just by extra-base hits. That’s still the plan here.”"