Miami Marlins Searching For Answers, Mired in 2-12 slump

By Tom Froemming

After being the best team in baseball last month, the Miami Marlins have crumbled in June.

The franchise has to hope South Beach sports fans have been too caught up in the Miami Heat’s NBA championship run to notice.

The Marlins lost to the Boston Red Sox 6-5 last night, dropping their fourth-straight game. As recently as June 3, the fish were in first place in the National League East, but that seems like a distant memory now. Miami was 21-8 in May, but is off to a 4-14 start to June.

The slump has dropped the team’s record to 33-36, eight games behind the Washington Nationals in the division. In an unorthodox move, team owner Jeffrey Loria held a 20-minute closed meeting with the players before last night’s game, and manager Ozzie Guillen called a similar meeting before the team left on its long road trip last Friday.

It’s still early, but the Marlins need to right the ship before their playoff hopes circle the drain.

The Marlins were the most talked about team this offseason, but their additions over the winter haven’t paid off as planned. Jose Reyes hasn’t been an elite player, both Mark Buehrle and Carlos Zambano have hit a wall this month and Heath Bell has been a complete disaster.

The Marlins have played even worst than their record indicates, as the only two teams in baseball with a worse run differential are the San Diego Padres and Minnesota Twins.

The fish continue their road trip with a weekend series with the Toronto Blue Jays, who are in the midst of their own troubles. The Jays have fallen to last place in the American League East and lost three starting pitchers to injuries recently.

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