The Miami Marlins were on a roll to end the regular season and had the most wins in a month all season in September. Did they simply just run out of gas or are players specifically to blame for the rough venture into October? Going into the Phillies series they showed no signs of slowing down but just the opposite, they were winning regularly.
The biggest scapegoat for Marlins brass is blaming it on injuries which indeed plagued them all season. It hurt most specifically in the playoffs as their likely top two pitchers this season Sandy Alcantara and Eury Perez were both on the sidelines for the rest of the season in mid-September. Those two would certainly have made a big impact and could have helped their push but it wasn’t the pitching that made the team lose, as they held together as much as they could with no run support.
The Marlins scored only a few runs which wouldn’t even have allowed them to win either game by combining them. It was not for lack of opportunity to score completely as they had a few different moments they could have scored runs. The offense was clearly at fault 100% for the losses in their short lived postseason here in 2023, so let’s take a look at who is really to blame.