Marlins still in playoff mix
It’s six days and counting to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, and the Marlins feel they are very much in the mix for playoff consideration.
Things can change between now and Friday, but the Marlins generally regard themselves as realistic Wild Card contenders. And entering Saturday at the Dodgers six games behind the Phillies in the N.L. East, the division also is in play.
“I don’t think we consider ourselves out,” Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest said Saturday afternoon. “The Wild Card is certainly not out of reach. The Phillies won today. There still is a lot of baseball left, and we’ve got a bunch of games with the Phillies. I don’t think you can say we’re out of the division.
“Where we sit six days away from the deadline, we’re in, but we’ll see what happens.”
The Marlins are actively working the phones, seeking possible deals.
“We’re looking to improve ourselves. We are active,” Beinfest said. “I don’t think we’ve ever been inactive. It’s just different every year.”
The Marlins are in a pivotal stretch with contenders. They wrap up their series with the Dodgers on Sunday. They are off on Monday, and then begin a homestand on Tuesday with the Braves, followed by the Cubs.
“I’d like to think things are not going to change significantly between now and Friday,” Beinfest said. “You talk about how you’re trending. We’ve had four quality starts in a row on the road.
“That’s what you want to see. We’ve talked about the pitching driving us. If the pitching continues to perform, you never say never, but I don’t see a lot of things changing between now and Friday.”
— Joe Frisaro