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Miami Marlins Feeling Effects of Grueling Stretch in Recent Sweep

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Two one-run losses against the Oakland Athletics and a four-run loss Friday against the A’s is how the Miami Marlins were swept this weekend by one of the best teams in the league. The Marlins lost the finale on Sunday 4-3 even with Andrew Heaney on the mound. The sweep and the current four-game losing streak is something the Marlins cannot be too happy about as the month of June is about to end.

For some strange reason, the Marlins are in the midst of a division race. Somehow, even being under .500, the Marlins are still in the race and no one has put them away yet. Miami keeps hanging around behind the bats of Giancarlo Stanton and Casey McGehee. Losing a couple of games by a close margin, especially the 14-inning game on Saturday, really blows the wind out of Miami’s sails.

As Miami heads into the month of July, there has to be some way to right the ship. There is not going to be anyone like Jose Fernandez coming up to the majors to help them out. Manager Mike Redmond is going to need to find some magic in his pep talks to get the team through everything that has been going on.

The last couple of weeks have been bad for Miami, but playing 17 games in a row will do that to you. The Marlins finally get a day off on Monday to recoup for the last push before the All-Star break. Hopefully for Miami, the Marlins will be in the thick of things by the break.

Ryan Gaydos is an MLB columnist for Follow him on Twitter, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.