Reporting Tim Kephart
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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A little more than a quarter of the way through the 2013 Major League Baseball regular season, the Miami Marlins, to paraphrase former Arizona Cardinals coach Dennis Green, “are who we thought they were.”
Put simply, the Marlins are either the worst or next to worst team in Major League Baseball.
Looking at the major offensive statistical categories in the Major League, Miami ranks last in runs per game, runs scored, hits, home runs, RBI’s, batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, and OPS. The worst part is the Marlins are leaps and bounds worse than the next to last team.
For example, the Marlins are more than a half-run worse than the next worse team, the L.A. Dodgers. When it comes to RBI’s, Miami is 26 behind the next worst team, once again the Dodgers.
After exploding for 14 runs in a victory at Philadelphia on May 5, the Marlins’ offense has gone into cold storage. The Fish have been shut out four times since then and have been outscored by a total marging of 49-23, or an average score of 4.1 to 1.9 runs per game.
As for the pitching, it’s not better for the Fish. The Marlins are worst in the National League in wins and worst in losses as well. The Marlins haven’t had a pitcher toss a complete game yet this season and have mustered just six saves through 393 innings pitched.
Not surprisingly, the Marlins have mustered just four victories throughout the month of May and have just eleven games left in the month.
Still, there are a few bright spots for the Fish if you look hard enough. Right-fielder Marcell Ozuna has hit nearly .300 since he was called up from the minor leagues and if Giancarlo Stanton can get healthy, would make a solid combination moving forward for the Fish.