It is no secret that the Miami Marlins have struggled overall throughout the 2021 season. Coming off a postseason run in 2020, Miami has not looked the same this season compared to last, partly due to a combination of injuries and other things.
Currently sitting at 55-78 overall, the Marlins are long out of the playoff picture, and essentially have been playing the remainder of the 2021 season to see what they may have entering the offseason.
Because of this, the Marlins have had a few younger players taking center stage as they have capitalized on the additional playing time since the July 30th MLB Trade Deadline. However, for these players in question, can they carry over the success from August to September?
Which Miami Marlins players would benefit most from a strong September?
As the calendar has officially flipped to September, there is only one month remaining in the 2021 MLB season. When looking at a couple of Marlins in particular, there are a few that stick-out as players who would benefit from a strong final month.
Some of these players have had very good seasons, while others may have struggled over the 2021 campaign. One thing clear however – as the Marlins wind down the 2021 season, focus begins to shift toward the 2022 season.
Here are six players whose 2022 outlook with the Marlins would benefit most from a strong final month, starting with an honorable mention.
HM. RP Anthony Bender
2021 Season Stats: 2-2, 2.94 ERA, 1.000 WHIP, 3 Saves, 14 BB, 61 K
The 26-year-old has had a strong rookie season with the Marlins which even included not allowing an earned run across his first 21 innings pitched on the season. It seems likely that Bender will be back next season, and he has already received some looks in recent weeks as Miami’s closer – could Bender potentially secure the closing role for the Marlins going into 2022 with a strong September?