Reporting Tim Kephart
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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Miami Marlins continue their pursuit of a dubious place in the annals of baseball history as they continue to lose games at a clip not seen since the worst team of the modern era of baseball, the 1962 New York Mets.
The Marlins lost again Thursday night and through 27 games in the month of May, the Marlins have won a total of five games. The Fish have lost their last nine straight games and only won two of their last 18 games.
For comparison purposes the 1962 Mets played 26 games in the month of May and won nine games. But, the Mets also lost their last 11 straight games of the month of May in 1962 as well.
At this point in the season, the 2013 Marlins are 13-41, while the 1962 Mets were 12-30 through May 31.
According to CBS4 news partner the Miami Herald’s Greg Cote, the Marlins are currently on pace to finish with a record of 39-123, which would make the 2013 Marlins the worst team in the modern-era.
The Marlins are currently 19.5 games behind the National League East leading Atlanta Braves and are 10 games behind the fourth place New York Mets. Miami’s record this season of 13-41 gives the team a winning percentage of .241.
For comparison purposes, the Miami Heat over the last three years has lost a total of 60 games while the Dolphins have lost 28 games over the last three years.
The Marlins are dead last in the National League this season in runs per game, hits, doubles, home runs, RBI’s, batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, and OPS.
One more note from Sports Illustrated, “Baseball attendance is down 2.9 percent, but the Miami Marlins alone account for 40 percent of the decline in tickets sold.”