The horrendous month of June has gone from bad to worse for the Miami Marlins. The Fish were swept at Fenway Park by the Boston Red Sox and have fallen to three games under .500 at 33-36. The Marlins looked to have salvaged a game on Thursday night, but allowed three runs in the 8th inning in a 6-5 loss. Miami now returns home to start a 9-game road-trip which will begin with the Marlins hosting the Toronto Blue Jays. The match-up will be the first between the Marlins and Blue Jays since 2009. It will also conclude interleague play for both teams.
At 33-36, the Marlins have lost 13 of their last 15, but are still not in the cellar in the National League East. Miami comes into the series in fourth place in the division; the Marlins are eight games back of the first place Washington Nationals and 4.5 games back for the final wild card spot. Toronto comes in over .500 at 35-34, but happens to be last in the American League East. The Blue Jays trail the New York Yankees by 6.5 games in the division and are just three back of the Tampa Bay Rays for the final American League wild card spot. The Marlins and Blue Jays will play a night game on Friday before finishing the series with days games on Saturday and Sunday.
June Struggles Continue for Fish
The Marlins’ struggles last June were well documented as the Fish went just 5-23. This June, it has been more of the same for the Marlins. The Marlins have fallen to three games under .500 for the first time since May 3rd and are just 4-13 in the month of June. Miami drew even with the Washington Nationals for the division lead on June 3rd, but since have fallen eight games back of the Nats. With the first half of the season coming to an end, getting back on the winning track is vital for Miami.
Marlins Still Lead Baseball in Stolen Bases
Since Emilio Bonifacio went to the disabled list for the Miami Marlins, the Fish have been far more reluctant to swipe a base. The Marlins however, still lead all of baseball when it comes to stolen bases. In Thursday’s 6-5 loss to Boston, the Marlins got stolen bases from Giancarlo Stanton, Greg Dobbs and Omar Infante. Miami has 66 steals on the season which is six more than the San Diego Padres for tops in all of baseball. Bonifacio, who leading all of baseball with 20 stolen bases, has not played in more than a month but remains third in the National League when it comes to steals.
Friday – Ricky Romero (TOR) 7-1, 4.28 ERA vs. Anibal Sanchez (MIA) 3-5, 3.47 ERA
Saturday – Brett Cecil (TOR) 1-0, 3.60 ERA vs. Josh Johnson (MIA) 4-5, 4.18 ERA
Sunday – Henderson Alvarez (TOR) 3-6, 4.30 ERA vs. Mark Buehrle (MIA) 5-8, 3.82 ERA
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