3 Miami Marlins players who badly need to turn things around

There are three Miami Marlins players who badly need to improve...or it's all downhill from there
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At the risk of beating a dead horse, this is not a good season for the Miami Marlins. Injuries are piling up and we're seemingly playing the waiting game until the Trade Deadline. Some off-season mistakes have clearly led up to this point. As we hope for at least a better win-loss record, there are a couple of players who seem to be playing their way out of The Fish's plans.

Two Miami Marlins players are likely playing their way out of The Fish's plans.

3. SP A.J. PUK

Who else but A.J. Puk? The relief pitcher turned starting pitcher has mostly been a bust in his new role. It certainly looks as if he's just better off in the bullpen. He has a career 3.72 ERA/3.59 FIP as a relief pitcher, pitching for the Oakland Athletics from 2019 to 2022, and then the Miami Marlins last season. He also had a strong 11.2 K/9 and 2.9 BB/9 during that time. This is a sample size of 142 games and 147.2 innings pitched by the way.

A.J. Puk has been pretty terrible as a starting pitcher so far this season. He has an abysmal 5.91 ERA/6.90 FIP, with 6.8 K/9 and 11.8 BB/9, in 3 games and 10.2 innings pitched. The sample size here is pretty small, but regardless it just does not look very good. It's hard to see any plans for him to stick in the rotation long-term, and if he's not demoted to the bullpen yet due to injuries, he will amost certainly be in there next season.

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