Closing out lowest scoring August ever

ATLANTA — Unless the Marlins plate seven or more runs on Saturday night, they will close out August with their lowest scoring output ever in the month in a non-strike season.

Miami has just 82 runs this month, and a string of nine straight games of scoring three or less.

The 2011 Marlins had 89 runs in August, the next lowest.

So barring a big night at the plate against the Braves, this will be the fewest runs the organization has ever witnessed over a full month of August.

The lone exception is 1994, in a season shortened by a work stoppage. That year, the Marlins had 51 runs in 11 games in August.

Showing how much of a struggle it has been at the plate for the Marlins this month is the fact the 1994 team had 13 homers in August, compared to 12 for this year’s team.

The high for runs in August is 149, turned in twice. The 1997 and 2009 squads each reached that total. The ’97 team, of course, went on to win the World Series. In ’09, the Marlins finished second in the NL East.

Miami hasn’t had a winning season since ’09.

The 1998 team, which finished with the most losses ever in club history, scored 121 runs in August.

Marlins runs in August

1997 149
2009 149
1995 146
1996 136
2006 132
2004 129
2007 126
1998 121
2005 120
2012 120
2001 116
2010 115
2003 112
2000 111
1993 106
1999 106
2008 103
2002 99
2011 89
2013 82
1994 51 (11 games)

— Joe Frisaro

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