We’re roughly a third of the way into the MLB season. Not the biggest sample size, but it’s something; it’s pretty safe to make general judgments about teams and players. Because of that, I can confidently say, however much it hurts me, that the 25-33 Miami Marlins just aren’t very good. They actually kinda suck ass.
The Injury Bug
Injuries have played an enormous role this season across the league. While the Marlins have been bitten by the injury bug at various levels, good teams are able to adjust to these situations. The Mets have had it much worse than Miami, yet they haven’t skipped a beat while basically trotting out season ticket holders to play the outfield. The guys the Marlins have plugged in have largely not pulled their weight.
People will get healthy, though. Miguel Rojas, Sixto Sanchez (hopefully), Brian Anderson, Nick Neidert, and others will return and produce. But it’ll probably be a formality, as they’ll continue to slip behind far superior teams in the Braves and Mets. And the Phillies. Shit, maybe the Nationals too.
Obvious Flaws Unaddressed
The most frustrating part of this season is the painfully obvious issues this team has, paired with the half-ass attempt to solve them by the front office. They don’t have a Major League-caliber catcher. Not even close. They don’t have reliable spot starters to save the bullpen, which has been ran into the ground by June. You wanna tell me calling someone up is less ideal than having two Johnny Wholestaff games per week?
The Marlins have blown a whopping 16 saves this season, yet they have a respectable 3.88 bullpen ERA and 3.38 FIP, the latter of which is second best in the league. Imagine how effective they could be if the front office wasn’t so averse to calling someone up for a spot start or two? Dare I say it’s because of service time manipulation? Who knows? But starters are being handled with kid gloves and the relievers can’t carry the freight anymore.
Everyone knows what’s wrong. But the problems haven’t been addressed. Tough time to be a fan.
Looking to 2022?
So I guess we’re back to the 2019 mentality; hope the prospects develop and form a strong core for future contention. We could see guys like Edward Cabrera, Max Meyer, J.J. Bleday, and Peyton Burdick make their Major League debuts this season. Hopefully they excel in their first cup of coffee and become regulars some time next season. The Marlins finish with like 72 wins, get a top-10 pick, and, if God is good, take a catcher. Any catcher. If the man owns catcher’s gear and can hit, take him.
It’s tough being a fan of the Miami Marlins.