The Miami Marlins have gone from winning six straight games to losing their past two contests. There is nothing to worry about just yet.
The last thing the Miami Marlins can do is panic. A two-game losing streak after burning the doors off the start of their long-awaited return to the Majors. Eight days off and then a flurry of wins.
Now, the team has dropped two games to the Mets.
Everyone, let’s relax and reset here, shall we. The best thing the Marlins can do right now is to learn from these two games and realize this team still has plenty to overcome. While the roster is better than last season and the depth in the minors is still impressive, we all must not forget it is still a young franchise.
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There is room to grow.
One thing that should not be forgotten is the start the team has gotten from first baseman Jesus Aguilar. The player the Marlins grabbed off waivers from Tampa Bay smacked his fourth home run of the season. Aguilar is a player that manager Don Mattingly has talked about with pride.
“To me, he’s more well-rounded than given credit for,” Mattingly said via MLB.com. “He struggled last year. But the year before, you could see it. He could hit the ball the opposite way. He’s got a pretty good feel for sitting on breaking balls and what pitchers are trying to do. Then, you jump into his personality, which has just been awesome for us.”
At the beginning of Spring Training, it was thought Aguilar may split time at first base with Garrett Cooper. It hasn’t materialized yet. Cooper is on the I.L. Aguilar has been a major offensive part of what the Marlins have been doing so far in the first 10 games of the season.
Signing him early in Hot Stove may have been the best move Derek Jeter and Michael Hill did this offseason.
Despite the loss on Sunday, Aguilar took Jacob deGrom deep, which starter Pablo Lopez talked about after the game.
"“From the pitching standpoint, I was really fired up to go to the mound, because I know the offense has my back,” Lopez said. “His presence, on and off the field, is big. He’s here to win. He’s here to provide for us. … He’s a big presence for us.”"
For the season, Aguilar is batting .306 in the middle of the order. His spot in the lineup has also been beneficial for Brian Anderson, who has played well with a .300 batting average so far this season. It’s the learning curve these Miami Marlins players are getting adjusted to this short season.
The best thing is Aguilar can hit the baseball all over the field, not just out of the ballpark.
"“I know that he’s a big guy, so everybody automatically thinks he’s just this power monster,” Mattingly said. “He’s got plenty of power, but this guy can hit. He’s got good hands. He doesn’t strike out that much. He’s got a good eye up there.”"