Offseason Activities: The 10 Best Marlins Games of 2019

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 24: Starlin Castro #13 of the Miami Marlins reacts in the third inning of their game against the New York Mets at Citi Field on September 24, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 24: Starlin Castro #13 of the Miami Marlins reacts in the third inning of their game against the New York Mets at Citi Field on September 24, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images) /
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 24: Sandy Alcantara #22 of the Miami Marlins delivers a pitch in the first inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field on September 24, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

From the end of October through mid-February is a challenging time for fans of major league baseball.

It’s especially challenging for fans of teams who performed poorly in the year prior, like the Marlins in 2019. Going 57-105 can be tough on a fanbase, and with the worst broadcast deal in major league baseball as well as the lowest attendance from amongst the 30 teams, the Marlins have an uphill climb indeed when it comes to gaining a larger fanship.

With no baseball to watch, I did a little research into the Marlins 162 games last season, paying special attention to their 57 victories. Finding the “best 10” Marlins games of the season started with a formula, and ended with a more subjective point-of-view.

I started by adding up the collective WPA+ from each game, from each team, pitching and hitting. This returned totals ranging from 0.67 all the way up to 6.73. I then divided the WPA+ in each game by the amount of innings played, and multiplied the result by nine. I then eliminated all of the Marlins losses, then added in a few of their more standout pitching performances of the season. I think the result is a pretty good representation of the better things we like to see in our team.

The offseason is a good time to check out the MLB.COM’s archive of baseball games, and I think the ten games highlighted here is as good a way to waste your time as any. While we wait for the Marlins to report to Spring Training in about six weeks, we can always check out their best from last year.

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