Everybody, even their most die-hard and optimistic fans, knew that the Miami Marlins would be bad this year. I don’t know that anybody expected things to start quite this bad, though. While the average National League team has plated 37 runs over the first nine games, Miami has scored an inconceivable 16 runs. Less than two runs per game have the Marlins at 1-8 and fantasy baseball owners running for their lives.
This offense isn’t just bad by current baseball standards, it’s historically bad even by dead-ball era standards. The St. Louis Cardinals hold the record for the fewest runs scored per game when they averaged 2.4 in 1908. It’s very early but the talent level of the Miami lineup suggests that this team might not improve much from their record pace of 1.7 runs per game.
This anemic offense has even managed to bring down the production of superstar Giancarlo Stanton. Stanton has recorded a hit in just five of his 30 at-bats this season. With just two extra base hits, zero RBIs and 12 strikeouts, Stanton has been among the league’s worst hitters to this point. It’s hard to get inside the head of this disgruntled star but it’s possible that his head and his heart just aren’t in it.
It’s safe to say that all fantasy owners should avoid the Marlins at all costs, that includes Stanton for the time being. Rumors began to surface about the New York Mets interest in Stanton. It’s unlikely that Miami will trade him within the division just as it’s unlikely that they Mets will part with two top prospects. However, you can bet that these trade rumors will continue all season if Miami continues to play this poorly. If Stanton departs, this poor lineup wouldn’t even be competitive.