Seeking run production down the stretch

ANAHEIM — The road trip started so promising for the Marlins after they scored 13 runs last Friday night in a win over the Rockies at Coors Field.

But after being primed to take the series, Miami was tripped up and lost in extra innings on Saturday, and then dropped the rubber game on Sunday.

Miami managed eight total runs in those two setbacks, which dropped the team under .500 with a tough three-game set ahead against the first-place Angels.

Pitching, obviously, is key. But against teams capable of putting up plenty of offense, so is scoring runs.

Since the All-Star Break, the offense has been inconsistent. Giancarlo Stanton has amazed, and is building his MVP case.

Casey McGehee, hitting cleanup, has had trouble driving in runs.

More balance is needed down the stretch if the Marlins plan on remaining in the playoff picture.

RBIs since All-Star Break

Stanton 31
Ozuna 17
Yelich 14
Saltalamacchia 13
Hechavarria 9
McGehee 8
Jones 8
Baker 8

Runs scored since All-Star Break

Yelich 23
Stanton 21
Ozuna 17
Hechavarria 14
Saltalamacchia 13
Jones 12
McGehee 9

Joe Frisaro

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