Reporting Tim Kephart
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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Miami Marlins are about to finish off the first month of the 2013 season and after 30 days, the Marlins are just about where most pundits expected them to be, at the bottom of nearly every statistical category in baseball.
The Marlins are averaging the fewest runs per game at 2.73, the fewest runs scored with 71, the fewest home runs with 12, the fewest RBI’s at 68, and the lowest team batting average at .226 for the season.
In addition, the Marlins are last in on-base percentage (.280), slugging percentage (.312), and on-base plus slugging percentage (.598). But it’s not just about being last in the categories, in some cases the gulf between the Marlins and the next worst team is large.
For example, the Marlins have scored 71 runs this season, worst in the majors. The next lowest total for runs scored in Major League Baseball was 82, by the Los Angeles Dodgers. In slugging percentage, the Marlins’ total of .312 is roughly 42 points worse than the next lowest total of .356 from the San Diego Padres and the Dodgers.
In terms of pitching, the Marlins have a team ERA of 4.22 and have a winning percentage of just .269 on the season. But, in many categories, the Marlins pitchers are right in the middle of the pack when it comes to most statistical categories.
Fielding wise, the Marlins are next to last, beating out only Washington, in fielding percentage. The Marlins have a fielding percentage of .979 on the season and have committed the second highest number of errors this season (20).
Still, it’s not always greener on the other side of the lawn. The Toronto Blue Jays, who mortgaged the farm to get many of the former Marlins players are just 9-17 on the season and are 9.5 games behind division leading Boston.
As for Miami, the squad didn’t set or tie the record for fewest wins in a month and are 9.5 games behind Atlanta in the National League East.
In one final metric, the numbers for Miami paint an increasingly grim picture for the season. Attendance is down for the Marlins from 427,030 in 2012 to 270,630 in 2013. The attendance numbers reflect a total decrease of 156,400 or a decline of 11,171 fans per game in 2013.
Overall, Major League Baseball attendance is down by roughly 293,733 fans in 2013.