Well, here we are at 45 and 45. 7 games back of the Nationals and not looking to climb up any time soon. The Marlins just lost 3 of 4 against the Phillies, a team, until recently, we have owned. This is a bad bad bad barometer. It smells a lot like underachievement, but that is the state of this team right now: smelling like a rotting fish.
More fun than a barrel of fish? No. This season has been misery. Sure, we are even and just as successful as we have been at losing, or is that successful at failing, not sure. (Then again, batting .500 in baseball is legendary…) The Marlins have dropped more games than a pimp on Lincoln. And that isn’t a good thing at this point and surely not as satisfying. For anyone involved.
So, it should come as no surprise that the Marlins are involved in trade rumors; as we see Burnett being shopped around and even Mike Lowell being attached to him like some kind of strange set of conjoined twins.
The Marlins, for all their hype, have not earned the right to think about the postseason. The front office gave them the tools and the weapons necessary, but this team, for whatever reason, has lacked the ability to execute. Despite having one of the better offenses in the National League (#1 with .274 batting average) the Marlins just cannot score runs. Even having one of the better pitching staffs (4.12 team ERA, #8 in NL) hasn’t helped close the gap. The wins are coming just as often as the losses, and the Marlins are forced to think about selling as opposed to buying. Closer and closer to the cellar.
Could this team turn it around? Yes. They have the talent – even if a major deal comes down the pike. In fact, it could be argued, or perhaps hoped, that addition may come via subtraction with a trade here. One thing remains, the Marlins have to look to the future once again – one that does not seem to have any hint of a playoff run in it.