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Worst Marlins team ever? They've got a chance to be at least in April

At 5-17 they've got the worst record in baseball.

With 57 runs scored they're the worst offensive team in baseball by at least 12 runs. Homers? RBI? Batting average? Also dead last in the game.

Their team ERA of 4.48? Not the worst in baseball. But it still ranks 27th out of 30 teams.

We know these Marlins aren't very good. But are they going to be the worst Marlins team ever?

With five games left in the month of April they've got a shot of at least getting off to the worst start ever.

Until now, the worst Marlins start in club history was 5-20 back in 1995. Those Marlins only played four games in April because the season started late following the strike. But they still didn't win their sixth game until Game 26. If these Marlins get swept by the visiting Cubs this weekend they'll match that feat. Lose to the Mets on Monday too and the worst start in franchise history is theirs.

So what's the worst April in Marlins history? That distinction belongs to the 1999 Marlins who went 6-17. The 2006 Marlins weren't far behind at 6-16.

What about the worst month ever? That should be fresh in your minds. The 2011 Marlins went 5-23 in the month of June. These Marlins can't eclipse that because there are only five games left. The worst they could finish is 5-22. But they can finish second all-time.

So who deserves the blame for this team's struggles? It can obviously go a lot of places, but you've got to point to the offense first. The team's 57 runs are on pace to finish as the fewest ever in a month. The previous record for fewest runs in a month with at least 20 games? Last year's Marlins in April. They scored just 73 runs.

If these Marlins don't combine to score at least 16 runs over the next five days, they'll own that dubious record too.