National League East
When the Miami Marlins entered their series with the Atlanta, they looked forward to a chance to surpass their divisional foe for first place. But they’ve squandered that opportunity with back-to-back home losses to the Braves.
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 Miami Marlins were expected to be one of the worst teams in baseball in 2013 and so far, the team has done everything it can to live down to the low expectations.
The Miami Marlins opened the 2013 season Monday full of hope, but that hope was dashed by the bottom of the first inning when starter Ricky Nolasco gave up a home run to Washington Nationals phenom Bryce Harper.
While the Miami Marlins shed salary and gave up on at least the 2013 season, other teams in the National League East are trying to become contenders, namely the Atlanta Braves.
There comes a time when a team hits rock bottom in a season that started full of promise and descended into misery. For the Miami Marlins, Wednesday may be the day the team hit rock bottom this year.
The Miami Marlins have finally finished one of the worst home stands since June 2011 with a 10-2 thumping at the hands of the Boston Red Sox. The home stand was miserable for both the team and the fans.
The Miami Marlins got good news Tuesday as pitching ace Josh Johnson looked like his old-self in a spring training start against the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Marlins finished off their descent into the abyss Thursday by taking another beating at the hands of the division-leading Philadelphia Phillies. It was Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee who shutout the Marlins and helped his own cause with two hits and an RBI en route to a 3-0 victory.
The Florida Marlins started out the regular season as one of the hottest teams in baseball. They were hitting well and their pitching staff, outside of Javier Vazquez, was keeping opponents at bay.