Marlins staying the course
Tuesday night’s 8-2 loss to the Red Sox aside, the Marlins feel they are primed to make a run.
In an up-and-down season, the Marlins have closed to within two games of .500, and the organization doesn’t think the club has played its best baseball yet. The team also has its pitching rotation lined up, after some injuries early in the year.
If everything starts to click, the Marlins believe they are well situated for a second-half postseason push. If Florida has any advantage over the first-place Phillies it is overall starting pitching depth.
There also is encouragement at the top of the order now that Chris Coghlan has secured the leadoff spot. With Coghlan getting on base, the offense has been more productive.
Hopeful that the pieces are in place to start playing more consistently, the Marlins are not thinking about making any major trades before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. At least, they aren’t close to pulling the trigger in terms of shipping off some of their arbitration-eligible players.
Now, everything is subject to change if the team flops in the next five or six weeks. But as of now, the Marlins feel they are definitely in the playoff mix. For that reason, players like Dan Uggla, Jeremy Hermida and Cody Ross aren’t actively being shopped.
You will hear and read rumors of other clubs making inquiries. That happened a few weeks ago when the Braves called about Ross. The Braves also asked about Hermida, and they were believed to be offering outfielder Jeff Francoeur and pitcher Charlie Morton. The Marlins said no.
Morton ended up being dealt to the Pirates as part of the Nate McLouth trade.
Keep in mind, the Marlins always seek pitching back in any trades they consider.
The Braves have had their eye on Ross for a while. One reason is he does so well against them. In 42 career games, Ross is hitting .328 with seven home runs and 26 RBIs vs. Atlanta. Hermida, meanwhile, is a native of Marietta, Ga.
Atlanta is definitely looking to add more offense.
Both Hermida and Ross have made big contributions to the Marlins of late, and both are expected to remain in Florida — barring a collapse before the end of July.
– Joe Frisaro