Miami Marlins Drop Sixth Straight as Offense Keeps Dwindling

Zachary James@ZacharyWJamesCorrespondent IJune 10, 2012

Marlins RF Giancarlo Stanton hasn't been hot as of late, but the lack of offense is not his fault.
Marlins RF Giancarlo Stanton hasn't been hot as of late, but the lack of offense is not his fault.Sarah Glenn/Getty Images

At the beginning of June, it was smooth sailing for the Miami Marlins along South Beach.

May could not have been better for Miami.

However, the sixth month of the year has not been too friendly to the Marlins.

Miami just finished its weekend series with its in-state rivals Tampa Bay, and the visiting Rays left Miami (31-29) by reeling in all the wins.

The weekend sweep by Tampa Bay has put the Marlins in a six-game losing streak, and the numbers support the lack of wins as well.

For starters, runs have been lacking. Miami scored just as many runs on Saturday, with four, than they did all of Tuesday through Friday at home against Atlanta and Tampa Bay.

On Sunday, they only scraped together a pair of runs, putting the top weekly total to 10.

Mind you, the Astros scored 11 on the White Sox earlier Sunday.

Runners in scoring position has been a problem for Miami in the past six games. During the Atlanta series, the Fish were a mere one for 20 during the three-game series.

Over the weekend, they were four for 30. That puts Miami at a low five for 50 over the week.

Miami right fielder Giancarlo Stanton had one of the hottest months in recent memory. He has surely cooled off by hitting six for 22, with only one home run, in these first 10 days.

He has a lot of catching up to do if he wants to match his total of 11 home runs in May.

The hitters are seeming to be impatient at the plate as well. Jose Reyes, Omar Infante and Hanley Ramirez are the only three hitters to have seen more than 100 pitches over the last seven games.

Reyes led the team in total bases with 13, while Stanton was the only other teammate who got to double digits in TB with 11.

No matter how you analyze the stats, the offense for Miami needs to wake up if they want to stay atop the NL East.