Bryan De La Cruz
Marlins outfielder Bryan De La Cruz had a pretty lackluster August as well, and it had a much bigger impact on the Marlins as he is usually in prime spots in the lineup. De La Cruz hit in several different parts of the lineup as well but had little to no production for the month over his 24 starts and 25 games.
DLC had a slash line of .215/.277/.366 with an OPS at .643 for the month of August which would be ok if he was a seven to nine hole hitter, but certainly not for someone who hit in the three through six spots in the lineup. On the positive side he did hit 2 home runs and drove in 7 with 8 doubles, which again would be fine if he was in the bottom of the lineup but not for his spot.
Both of DLC’s home runs were solo shots and were hit before August 10th so the back 2/3rds of the month were particularly bad as well for DLC. From August 12th through the end of the month he hit .190 and slugged .276 with only 5 extra base hits in 16 games. All these players were struggling all month while Jake Burger hit .323 with 3 home runs and 12 RBI and fellow newcomer Josh Bell hit .280 with 8 home runs and 13 RBI. Talk about a wasted opportunity, the Marlins really lost out in August.