Offense still searching for consistency
CLEVELAND — For most of the year, the Marlins have had their struggles scoring runs on a consistent basis.
It was the case on Thursday night, when they were blanked at Atlanta by Brandon Beachy, who threw a complete-game.
Miami was shut out for the fourth time this year, and first since April 27 against Arizona.
Even though the offense has had its ups and downs, May has been pretty productive at the plate for Miami.
In the month, the Marlins have scored 71 runs, which is tied with the Rockies for the fifth most by National League teams.
For the season, the Marlins have scored 144 runs, making them tied with the Reds for 10th in the NL in that category.
Gradually, the offense has been coming around. And manager Ozzie Guillen believes there is enough offense on the squad to challenge for a playoff spot.
“I think this lineup is pretty strong,” Guillen said. “I talk to every opposition manager, and I tell them, we’ve got to be patient. This ballclub will hit. I think this ballclub is built offensively to compete and to do some damage.”
But like the team saw in Atlanta, it offense has a tendency to be all or nothing. They scored 8 runs in Wednesday’s win, prior to be blanked on Thursday.
“We wish it was more consistent,” the Miami manager said.
— Joe Frisaro