MLB Trade Deadline: Late Season Expectations for Miami Marlins
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After a sluggish April, the Marlins picked up the pace during the month of May by winning 21 games.
Now, Miami looks as foolish as that reporter who asked Bryce Harper about a celebratory beer in Canada.
Despite having Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Carlos Zambrano and (formerly) Hanley Ramirez on the same team, the Marlins have become a "clown team bro."
Needless to say, the offseason experiment that began with so much hype has been killed.
According to espn.com, the Marlins rank near the bottom of the majors in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
The only thing worse than that is being dead last in MLB in runs scored—and near the cellar of the division.
Which is where they are at eight games under .500.
For now, Miami needs to swallow its extreme hubris and throw in the towel to save themselves any additional embarrassment.
As for the team, the offseason can't come soon enough.
With the new logo, the new tropical-themed ballpark and the struggles of some big-name stars, the Marlins season has looked more hideous than their tacky uniforms.
It's no longer black and teal. It's the Miami Dolphins, only in a different stadium.
Hopefully a consistent Josh Johnson, a rejuvenated Mark Beuhrle and a redefined Carlos Zambrano can drastically improve a starting rotation that currently ranks 20th in the big leagues in ERA and 24th in batting average against.
As for closer Heath Bell, has anybody ever fallen so far from grace?
The former San Diego Padre has looked like a shell of himself this season and has blown more opportunities than pre-2004 Phil Mickelson.
Whatever the Miami front office decides to do once the season is over better be good.
The Marlins have been notorious for winning with great players...then dumping them for hopeless prospects that just haven't worked out.
The only difference between this team and the World Series teams from 1997 and 2003 is that those teams actually won.
For the love of Jeff Conine, somebody get this team back to where it should be.
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