Published on June 12th, 2013 | by Josh Chapdelaine0
The Miami Marlins Aren’t Far Behind the Mets
The Miami Marlins were a team thought to be the worst in the major leagues coming into the 2013 campaign –and with a 19-45 record, they have been– but the New York Mets are currently making an argument that the Marlins may not be.
The Miami Marlins picked up a come-from-behind victory against the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night fueled by a go-ahead two-run home run from Giancarlo Stanton. Their victory marked their first against a team not named the New York Mets since May 20th, and because of their tendency to embarrass the Amazin’s they boast six wins in their last 10 contests. The most sobering statistic of them all? Miami is only four games behind New York in the win column.
New York is currently trying to fight themselves toward any path of relevance that they can. Their offense has scored less than five runs in 11-of-their-last-15 contests, and the club is 0-9 when they have have scored three runs or less over the same sample. When one accounts that their pitching has given up at least eight runs in three-of-their-last-six games, it’s easy to see why the club has lost nine-out-of-15.
Miami suddenly looks like a high-upside offensive club with Logan Morrison and Giancarlo Stanton’s returns from injury, Marcell Ozuna’s ferocious beginnings, and Adeiny Hechavarria beginning to figure out major league pitching (despite his .201/.250/.307 line this year, he has 10 hits in his last 37 at-bats). They are still the worst team in baseball, but they certainly aren’t playing like it.
New York’s upcoming schedule sees them completing two more games against the St. Louis Cardinals before welcoming the Chicago Cubs this weekend. They’ll then face the division leading Atlanta Braves for a five-game series that will see Zack Wheeler make his major league debut, followed by a weekend series against the Philadelphia Phillies.
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