Inside the numbers, Marlins

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — A little offense could go a long way for the Marlins.

Sunday was another frustrating afternoon, as the Marlins were blanked, 2-0, by the Indians in their series finale at Marlins Park.

The Marlins have now been shutout an MLB-most 13 times.

Unable to manufacture even one run wasted an impressive start by Nathan Eovaldi, who remarkably has not had one run of support in any of his last four starts.

In seven innings, Eovaldi yielded one run on his way to a loss.

With an inexperienced squad, the Marlins are certainly enduring their growing pains. Even so, their pitching has performed way above expectations, while their bats have lagged.

Consider, the Marlins have played 110 games and in 72 of them they’ve scored three runs or less.

Miami is a mere 13-59 when scoring three or fewer runs.

Overall, the Marlins’ 354 runs scored are last in the Majors, 40 behind the White Sox, who rank 29th out of 30.

Boston paces the big leagues with 568, and the Cardinals have the most in the National League with 549 runs.

As frustrating as it’s been at the plate, the reason why there is tremendous optimism surrounding the ballclub is the pitching.

When the Marlins pitchers allow three or fewer runs, the team is 35-21.

Overall, the Marlins have given up 439 runs on the season, the 11th fewest in the Major Leagues.

Breaking down the pitching even further, since May 30, when the team started to come together and perform better, the Marlins have allowed 207 runs, the sixth fewest in the Majors. Over the same span, Pittsburgh has given up the least amount of runs, 196.

Clearly, in their rebuilding process, the Marlins have an abundance of arms to lead the way. Eventually, if they are to become contenders in another year or two, the bats will need to scrape up enough runs.

Joe Frisaro

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