01 July 2012
The Marlins began the month of June by taking 2 of 3 at Philadelphia and then ended the month by sweeping the Phillies in Miami (although technically the final game was played July 1st), unfortunately the Marlins played horribly during the time in the middle. The Marlins are now on a four game winning streak, but they still find themselves now in fourth place and two games under .500 after going 8-18 in June. After a bad month of April and May the Marlins should consider themselves lucky to only be 7.5 games back in the NL East and 4.5 games back in the wildcard, though it is still disappointing since they were in tied for the lead in the NL East at the start of the month.
Unlike April, the Marlins failures were both from the plate and on the mound. The starting pitching, which had been by far the Marlins strength through the first two months, was horrible in June. The Marlins had a 5.25 ERA in June (ranked 14th in NL), an opponents batting average of .275 (ranked 15th in NL), gave up 151 runs (ranked 15th in NL), and had only 176 strikeouts (tied for last in NL). The only starter who actually lowered his ERA was Josh Johnson who went 2-2 in June with a 1.87 ERA and 33 strike outs. The only other starter who had a ERA under 5.70 ERA was Mark Buehrle with a 3.89 ERA, but his ERA was much higher until his last 2 starts where he gave up just 2 runs in 14 innings.
Hitting, however, has been a problem with the Marlins all season. Looking at the lineup at the start of the season it looked like one of the most potent in the NL, but that has not been the case thus far. The Marlins rank 28th in MLB in runs, 25th in batting average, 24th in on base percentage, 24ths in slugging percentage, and 24th in home runs. The one catagory that the Marlins have excelled at is stolen bases, with 71 to lead the majors, and even with that the production has dropped off dramaticly since Bonifacio got hurt.
Then the month of June just exacerbated some of those problems. In the month only one every day player batted over .242, that would be Jose Reyes with a .283 average. For other Marlins players it was a real struggle from the plate; Omar Infante .242, Giancarlo Stanton .242, Logan Morrison .238, Hanley Ramirez .227, John Buck .210, and Gaby Sanchez .189. And even with that the Marlins were not particularly productive in their at bats. Stanton and LoMo leading the team with 5 home runs in the month and only Reyes, Stanton, and LoMo had double digit RBI. Luckily for the Marlins they did get some great production from its role players. Greg Dobbs hit .298 in 47 at bats, Donovan Solano went .320 in 25 at bats, then their was Justin Riggiano who batted .400 in 50 at bats with 12 extra base hits including 2 home runs while only striking out 8 times.
And of course the one final cherry on top of all the bad things that happened with the Marlins had to have been Edward Mujica going to the DL with a broken toe on the final day of the month. The Marlins have recalled Wade LaBlanc, who if you remember was almost unhittable this spring.
The Marlins have now won 5 of their last 7 including 4 in a row and now head to Milwakee for four games, and oddly four of the games are day games.
- Monday at 8:10 - Carlos Zambrano (4-6) vs Zack Greinke (9-2)
- Tuesday at 4:10 - Anibal Sanchez (4-6) vs Marco Estrada (0-3)
- Wednesday at 4:10 - Josh Johnson (5-5) vs Randy Wolf (2-6)
- Thursday at 2:10 - Mark Buehrle (7-8) vs Michael Fiers (3-2)
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