MLB Post All-Star Break Review: Miami Marlins
New look but same story for the Miami Marlins who post All-Star break are just 45-73 deeply entrenched in last place of the NL East. They are actually doing worse than last season where they had 52 wins by this point of the year.
About the only good thing you can mention about the Marlins is despite not having a solid rotation they did have a great All-Star rookie emerge in Jose Fernandez. Over 23 starts Fernandez is 8-5 with a 2.45 ERA and a 149 strikeouts over 139 innings. However after Fernandez the rotation is fairly weak.
Jacob Turner has been decent enough to stay just below a 3.00 ERA. In his 13 starts Turner is 3-4 with a 2.95 ERA in 82 innings pitched this season. Ricky Nolasco has been serviceable going 5-8 with the Marlins after being acquired from the Dodgers where he went 4-1 with a 2.97 ERA this year. Tom Koehler (3-8, 4.62 ERA) and Alex Sanabia (3-7, 4.88 ERA) have not been consistent in their starts.
The bullpen has a couple pieces with Steve Cishek posting a 2.91 ERA over 52.2 innings pitched and has made goo don 25 of his 27 save opportunities. He has been even more impressive his last 10 appearances giving up just 2 runs in 11 innings for a 1.64 ERA.
Hurting the Marlins even more than the lack of pitching is the complete lack of offense. Their offense has been anemic at best with only two players in low double digit home runs and nobody with more than 15 at bats even close to sniffing a .300 average.
Right fielder Giancarlo Stanton is leading the team with 13 home runs and also leads the team with a very low 35 RBI’s. Due to him slumping badly Stanton has been benched for the first time since the all-star break this week. Leading the team in average with 200 at bats or more is outfielder Marcell Ozuna with a .265 average and also has 32 RBI’s.
This team is just down right bad, and were very lucky to land rookie pitcher Jose Fernandez two years ago or they would have absolutely nothing to build around. Their lack of hitting is shocking at the major league level, and needless to say they hav ea long way to go till even thinking about contending in the NL East.
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