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Marlins need strong June finish to avoid worst month in franchise history

TAMPA -- The losing has almost become historic.

The Marlins 'rough ride over the past three weeks --three wins, 18 losses -- has seen the team drop from 10 games over and second place (29-19) to five game under and into last place (32-37) in the National League East.

And the worst may not be over.

The Marlins kickoff a three-game series tonight against the Rays (36-33) at Tropicana Field before heading home to take on the Angels (33-37). After that, it's back out to the West Coast for three games each at Seattle (35-34) and Oakland (30-40).

Unless the Marlins turn things around quickly they could be on the verge of setting some ugly team history. For starters, they need to win at least seven of their next 12 games to avoid completing the worst month in team history.

Here's a look at the worst months in franchise history:
Sept. '93: 9-19 (.321)
May '95: 7-20 (.259)
May '98: 8-20 (.286)
Aug. '98: 8-20 (.286)
Sep. '98: 7-17 (.292)
Apr. '99: 6-17 (.261)
Aug. '01: 9-20 (.310)
Apr. '06: 6-16 (.272)
Aug. '07: 9-19 (.321)
May '09: 9-20 (.310)
June '11: 1-15 (.063) - 12 games left

> Another dubious mark the Marlins could set -- worst 25-game stretch in team history. The previous mark was 4-21 from May 10-June 7, 1998.

> If the Marlins lose tonight, they'll match their season-high eight-game losing streak. The club record for consecutive losses is 11 games, set twice during a 108 loss season in 1998.

> Offensively, the Marlins stats for June aren't pretty. They've scored 50 runs (25th in MLB), hit .236 as a team (22nd), and have an on base percentage (.300) that ranks 23rd. The only stat in the top half of baseball? Home runs (14), which is tied with the Nationals for 12th best.

> Pitching wise, the 1-15 record is obviously the worst. After that, the team ERA of 5.24 ranks 28th, 53 walks rank 25th and the .261 opponent batting average ranks 21st. They've also managed to blow three save opportunities in four chances. The only good stat the Marlins have achieved? Strikeouts (132), which ranks second-most behind just the Giants.

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bob

Wow, so only Giants pitching have struck out more hitters than the Marlins? That's a stat from way out in left field...

In addition to the basement stats, the problem is that pitching and hitting haven't clicked at the same time. The Marlins might only give up two hits, but at the same time get shutout. They might explode for 9 runs, but the pitching implodes and gives up 12. Even when pitching and hitting click at the same time, the Marlins will give up a lead they've held for the entire game on the last out of the 9th inning when Leo blows a save.

The Marlins have just been the most inconsistent team in baseball.

Glags

Manny are you sure that the number of strikeouts you are referring to isn't in the hitting stats.

bob

I just checked the sortable team stats on mlb.com, and it shows the Marlins pitching in fifth place in strikeouts, behind the Giants, Brewers, Phillies, and Braves.

Lou Vales

Does anyone know the lowest number of games won by ANY team in MLB history. If we can pull it off and just win 1, we must be in contention for something NEVER done before.

Let's Go Fish!!!

Tommy, Enjoy the weekend off.

Marlins Fan

Putting JJ on the 60 day DL effectively ended the season. It may have been the correct long-term decision, but there are few major league teams that can lose their ace for 2 months and still compete.

I have watched just about every game over the past 3 years. I can say with some confidence that it's time to give up on Volstad. He is terrible. You look at his measurables and physical attributes and wonder why he is so bad. He has had enough chances to prove that he is a quality major league starter.

Thankfully Vazquez' contract is only 1 year. He has been painfully bad as well.

There will be a major fan revolt (pitchforks/torches) if Loria doesn't invest some serious $ to upgrade this team in the off season.

Samsons Boyfriend

Marlins won't give up on Volstad yet,too much invested, he's only 24 and don't have to pay him above minimum YET..

spitballer

Hey.... we are only 6.5 out of the wild card!

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