You cannot blame the Miami Marlins pitching staff really for the lack of wins the team has so far this season. Surprisingly, the Marlins rotation has not done terribly after the first week and a half of the season. It is the Marlins lineup that has been more then disappointing at the beginning of the 2013 season.
There is no protection for the most feared hitter in the lineup, Giancarlo Stanton, and that is the main reason why Stanton has been struggling so much this season. His .147 batting average is something that no one has everbbeen accustomed to at the start of his season. Stanton is usually a power hitting outfielder and in nine games this season, Stanton does not have a home run nor does he have an RBI.
To make matters worse, he only has five hits, two of them being doubles and only has scored once.
With Placido Polanco batting behind him and Juan Pierre and Donovan Solano batting, there really isn’t anyone that pitchers fear. The Marlins do not have a Jose Reyes or Hanley Ramirez in the lineup anymore, which hurts Stanton drastically. Not to mention Stanton’s brain probably being a little clouded with all that happened during the offseason.
Miami was swept by the Atlanta Braves and only have one win the nine games that they have played. The Marlins are yearning for some power and only time will tell if the organization does something to help the team.