RISPY BUSINESS

The Marlins were the hottest team in baseball with wins in 7 of 9 and 23 of their previous 32 games before dropping the first 4 games of this homestand. Their recent slide is due, in large part, to a remarkable inability to deliver with runners in scoring position.

Here are some of the numbers:

In last night’s loss to the Rays, the Marlins were held to one run despite putting 16 men on base (7 hits, 8 walks and a catcher’s interference call). Miami went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position a night after going hitless in 13 at-bats against the Braves.

In the first 4 games of the homestand, the Marlins are 1-for-28 with runners in scoring position, and, if you go back to the final game of the series in Philadelphia, the club has one hit in its last 30 such AB’s.

Since the start of June, in 7 games, the Marlins have hit .098 (5-for-51) with RISP, going 2-5.

For the season, the Marlins are hitting .219 with runners in scoring position, tied for 27th out of the 30 major league clubs.  If you know with whom they’re tied off the top of your head, you deserve a prize.  The Marlins and the Yankees are both at .219 for the season, ahead of only the Giants (.215) and the Padres (.188).

In going 21-8 in May, the Marlins hit .257 (69-for-269) with RISP.  In going 10-19 in April (8-14) and June (2-5), the Marlins have hit .172 (37-for-215) with RISP.

“We’ve got to do better than that if we want to compete,” said manager Ozzie Guillen we’ve got to get better with people on base.

“We have good at-bats and put ourselves in good situations to get something going, then, when we have people on base, we don’t do the job we should be doing. If we want to compete, we’ve got to be a lot better in that department.”

Prior to last night’s game, Ozzie said he didn’t necessarily question hitters’ approaches with men in scoring position, just the results.

Post-game last night, he said, “The only thing I don’t see is runners crossing the plate.  We have to do better than that, especially the bottom of the lineup. The bottom of the lineup has to dig in and try to help the people at the top. We’re really struggling at the bottom.”

As for the options the manager has at this point: “The only way I believe you can get out of a slump and get better is by playing.  I try to mix and match here and there, but still the same results. We need those guys. We need those guys to go out and perform the way they should perform.”

Here’s how Marlins position players have fared with runners in scoring position this season. You might be surprised by some of the numbers:

Solano: .667 (2-3)

Dobbs: .381 (8-21)

Kearns: .375 (6-16)

Petersen: .286 (4-14)

Stanton: .280 (14-40)

Bonifacio: .278 (10-36)

Reyes: .270 (10-37)

G. Sanchez: .207 (6-29)

Ramirez: .194 (13-67)

Infante: .190 (8-42)

Coghlan: .182 (4-22)

Buck: .179 (7-39)

Morrison: .133 (6-45)

Hayes: .083 (1-12)

Murphy: .17 (1-13)

Ruggiano: .000 (0-2)

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1 Comment

Exactly. Clutch players do what they have to, to get the run home. A 2 strike swing, opposite field, hitting against the shift. None of these guys are Ted Freaking Williams, either you have it or you don’t. If playing the game all of your life doesn’t prepare you for the tough at bats, nothing will.

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