15-10 after the month of June. They amassed more wins in June alone than they have in the months of April and May combined (14). According to TeamRankings.com, the Marlins entered the month of June with an overall power rating of 92.1, ranking them 29th in the entire league. As of today, July 1st, their overall power rating is 102.9 for 6th best in MLB. They are 7-3 over their last 10 and have been bouncing around TeamRankings rating system from 9th to 4th.
This is a team on the rise, folks.
Their 15-10 record for June also puts them 2nd in the NL behind Pittsburgh (in regards to win percentage) and 4th in all of the MLB.
We talked a lot about the health of this team finally turning around from the beginning of the season as a strong factor in the team’s recent success. We also think that this is sustainable – the Marlins are a competitive team as is. We predicted this team would surprise a lot of people and finish around .500 and contend for a wild card spot. The injuries, at the start of the season, may have helped to dig too deep a hole to meet this prediction but the team is much more fun to watch from here on out.
There are some other factors to keep in mind going forward – such as the Ricky Nolasco question. What is going to happen to the rotation when Nolasco is dealt? Henderson Alvarez is already in Miami and waiting so his activation will affect the rotation but at this time may bump Tom Koehler out.
There is also the fact that guys like Donovan Solano and Chris Coghlan are not playing for the Fish at this time. Solano continues his rehab at AAA NOLA with the Zephyrs and Coghlan, who was being looked at to play some 3B, is still working his way back from back issues.
Otherwise, the Fish have been getting strong contributions from Logan Morrison and Giancarlo Stanton since their return. Not to mention Marcell Ozuna has shown the most electric bat on this roster since, Gary Sheffield – both have that signature bat waggle. Derek Dietrich has come out of his slump and continues to put up impressive power numbers at 2B – another reason the Solano situation has changed and now, who doesn’t like that deal of Yunel Escobar to the Rays? Outside of the Tampa Bay area, of course.
So although the Fish still have the worst record in all of baseball – at the moment – don’t expect them to stay there. The pitching is there (Jacob Turner, anyone?) and the offense has come around significantly (Jeff Mathis hits a walk off grand slam – Jeff Mathis!). This is the team, to paraphrase Dennis Green, we thought they were. Expect more of it heading forward.