Scoring drought rare in Marlins’ history
MIAMI — Scoring six runs total over six games isn’t something that happens too often.
In fact, it’s only occurred twice in Marlins history. At least, that is my quick calculation after scanning game results on a year-to-year basis since the inaugural 1993 season.
If my research is correct, it also occurred Sept. 11-17, 1993. In that span, the Marlins also had six runs in six consecutive games. But the team won two of those.
The Marlins have dropped six in a row, and their offensive struggles continue. They were blanked on Friday night by Arizona’s Joe Saunders.
Miami’s slump is magnified because the team is losing. But producing runs has been an issue all season, not just this past week.
In their first 19 games, the Marlins have scored two or less runs 10 times. They’ve been shut out three times this season, with two during the six-game losing streak.
Over the course of long seasons, all teams will go through tough times.
It appears what the Marlins are mired in is a bit different.
The 1996 club had seven runs over six games, April 10-16. And the 1994 squad posted six runs in their first four game, and then they put up 15 at San Diego on April 9.
The 2011 team had some problems getting on the board last September. From Sept. 13-15, they had a string of four straight one-run games, including a double-header sweep at the hands of the Phillies on Sept. 15.
To put this current collective slump into perspective, consider in 2007, the Marlins had an eight-game losing streak from Aug. 15-22, and they scored 31 runs in that span, an average of 3.9 runs per loss.
The 2006 Marlins, a team that sported more than 20 rookies over the season, got off to an 11-31 start. They had a seven-game losing streak in May, and scored 23 runs in that period.
The 1998 team, which lost a franchise most 108 games, dropped 11 in a row after they won on Opening Day. They averaged 3.8 runs in each of those setbacks.
On Saturday night, the Marlins’ task doesn’t get any easier as Arizona is going with Ian Kennedy, a 21-game winner a year ago.
– Joe Frisaro