Marlins bid farewell to an uninspiring April
SAN FRANCISCO — As much anticipation as the Marlins had to open the regular season in April, the club couldn’t say goodbye to the month quickly enough.
There was plenty of hype and buildup to the new season, and the launching of their new ballpark.
The Marlins staggered to the end of the first month, dropping a 9-5 decision to the D-backs on Monday. The loss was Miami’s eighth in nine games.
Overall, Miami went 8-14 in April.
What did the Marlins look like last year on May 1?
Well, things were rolling along pretty well. They were 17-9, a half-game behind the Phillies in the National League East. The third place Braves were 14-15 at the time.
There is plenty of season to go, and a positive is the Marlins are just six games in back of the first place Nationals, who have cooled off after a scorching hot start.
So this is not a time to panic. But it certainly is a time to pick things up, especially on offense.
The 73 runs the Marlins scored in April are the fewest ever by the franchise in March and April combined. Technically, in 1995, there were less, but that was only five games coming out of a labor dispute. So we’re not counting 1995.
The most runs Miami ever scored in March and April were 143 in 2007. And last year, with primarily the same players (except Jose Reyes, of course), the Marlins scored 109 runs.
Their team batting average in the first month was .228, which only tops the .220 mark the 1996 club posted.
– Joe Frisaro