The Miami Marlins Are Struggling Again

By Rich MacLeod

After a handful of press worthy offseason acquisitions, the Miami Marlins, behind only the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, were one of the most hyped up teams in Major League Baseball going into the 2012 season. After a sluggish start, Miami, with the help of Giancarlo Stanton, had a torrid May to catapult themselves back into contention in the National League East. Unfortunately for these new-look Fish, June has not been a kind month for them once again.

Last season the Florida Marlins experienced one of the worst months in MLB history, going 5-23 in June. The struggles had gotten so bad that manager Edwin Rodriguez decided to resign from the team and disappear out of the spotlight. The Marlins were never the same after that month, finishing 72-90, 30 games back of first, and in dead last in the NL East. This year, Miami has gone 4-11 so far in June and have lost every series except for their first, against the struggling Philadelphia Phillies, of the month.

The acquisitions of Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and Heath Bell were good moves and well publicized but were they enough? We’ve seen in stretches this year that the Marlins indeed do have talent but perhaps they are not ready for all of the spotlight given to them with the new players, uniforms, logo and brightly colored stadium. Does adding Reyes, Buerhle and Bell take a last place team to a first place team? I’m not sure that they do, at least not yet. They’re certainly good building blocks if they can keep their core of young guys together but after what happened last June, it seems like it may be happening to them again. Only time will tell what will happen to the Marlins this year and in the future, but even after a torrid May, they are struggling once again and not where they wanted to be.

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