5 Miami Marlins Players Due for a Turnaround in July
Approaching the end of the month of June, the Miami Marlins find themselves in last place in the NL East.
They can feel the pressure that LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and the rest of the Miami Heat just accomplished after winning the NBA championship. The Marlins are being overshadowed greatly in their city and now is the time for them to take the stage and regain the attention of their fans.
After a sensational month of May in which the team went for a league-best 21-8, the Marlins are currently 6-17 in the month of June.
Things seem to be falling apart at the seams right now. The Marlins find themselves underachieving for a team that spent ridiculous amounts of money this past offseason on new players, coaches, and a new ballpark.
All the glitz and glamor has gone away, and the team needs a desperate change to save its season.
Here are five players on the Miami roster that are due for a turnaround in July.
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Big Z has gone through a whirlwind of a season so far. He started 2012 by pitching absolute lights out and by mid-May had a 2-2 record with a 1.96 ERA.
Things have gone downhill since the hot start as Zambrano seems to have lost his control and rhythm that made him one of baseball's early candidates for Comeback Player of the Year. He's also been faced with back problems that may have limited his effectiveness.
Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen still has faith that Zambrano can return to the same form he showed at the beginning of the season. In his five total starts in June, he had a combined 5.70 ERA which might help Cubs fans feel a bit better while paying the majority of his salary this season.
After a shaky month of June, both the Marlins and Zambrano hope he can turn things around and help the struggling Marlins move back up into contention.
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Emilio Bonifacio was on a tear to start the season while leading the league in stolen bases before heading to the DL in late May. At one point, he was a perfect 17-17 in stolen base attempts while providing the spark the Marlins needed at the top of the lineup.
Bonifacio sprained his thumb and has been out for the entire month of June. The Marlins hope Emilio can return to the lineup after the All-Star game.
The Marlins are in serious need of the speed and base stealing threat that Bonifacio provides. Combined with Jose Reyes at the top of the lineup, Miami has a dangerous 1-2 punch to set up scoring opportunities for Hanley Ramirez and Giancarlo Stanton.
Surely Bonifacio's thumb won't affect his base-running. Even with all this time missed, he's only four steals from the league lead.
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There's a lot of love for "LoMo" down in Miami. He's a local fan favorite who has done incredible work in Miami raising over $230,000 with his affiliation with the American Lung Association.
Morrison had extremely high expectations along with fellow outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, the two of them beginning their careers around the same time in 2010.
While Stanton has exceeded expectations thus far, Morrison has yet to find his offensive stride. His batting average is really low and has struggled to keep a spot in the starting lineup.
Morrison has all the tools needed to be an impact offensive weapon in the Miami lineup and is due for a major turnaround in July.
If he can find his way back into the starting lineup and prove to his fans and the organization that he can play at a high major-league level, his popularity can grow even larger. He has all the intangibles; it's just a matter of time before he produces.
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It's hard to comprehend how one of the Miami Marlins' leaders in batting average is Omar Infante with an unimpressive .288 AVG. That statistic alone gives a quick glance at how much this team has struggled with offense.
Infante came out of the gate on fire by hitting five HR, seven RBI and .323 AVG in the first month of the season. Since then, he's struggled while watching his average plummet.
After a terrible month of June in which he hit .237, it's time for Infante to turn it around.
His impressive first month started showing signs of why the Marlins traded for him when the team sent Dan Uggla to the Atlanta Braves.
If Infante can turn it around in July, he would help mold the Marlins' infield in pure skill to rival any other in the NL.
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What else is there to say about Gaby? He is still struggling to hit over .200 and isn't on pace to eclipse five HR this season.
What happened to the All-Star 1B from last season? Was he discouraged by the Marlins pursuit of Albert Pujols to replace him at his position?
There's very little evidence to explain the lack of performance from Gaby this season but if there is anyone in the Marlins lineup who is due for a turnaround in July, it's Sanchez.
After a brief stint in the minors, Miami has to feel like Gaby will return to the star form the organization witnessed last year. The Marlins woes can not be completely blamed on him but certainly take part in it.
Sanchez's role is vital to the team's success, and it will take a mid-season resurgence on his behalf to help lead this team to the playoffs.