Unlike the infield and its myriad of woes at one time or another, the outfield was a pleasant surprise for Miami this season, featuring a core of young and talented ballplayers that got their first taste of the Major Leagues alongside an established regular.
For this part of the Machinegun Offense series, we’ll take a look at the rest of the infield. The diagnosis is fairly balanced, ranging from the strong to the utterly weak in terms of performance and projection.
With the basic concepts of the Machinegun Offense explained, it’s time to see which Marlins players would be the best fits for every position. We’ll also take a look at history, seeing how the 1998 BayStars filled those spots and how they performed. A good way to start would be by evaluating two major weakspots for the 2013 Feesh: catcher and first base.
The Marlins posted their second 100-loss season in franchise history largely because of an extremely incompetent offense. No matter which rankings or stats you look at, the Feesh finished dead last in practically every offensive category.
Despite our pitching keeping us in most games, Mike Redmond’s squad went 24-35 in contests decided by one run and 7-13 in extra-inning affairs. The inevitable question arising is: how many of those games could’ve been won if we had scored one or two more runs, avoiding that rally-killing double play, strikeout or lineout?
Yes. This actually happened. It was the biggest closing ceremony for one of the most miserable seasons ever seen in the big leagues.
The clock has struck midnight.
For only the second time in 20 years of existence, a Marlins team has reached triple-digit losses. A fitting achievement for one of the worst seasons ever to disgrace this game called baseball.
The veteran outfielder made some history during yesterday’s game by getting his 2.215th career hit, tying Joe DiMaggio’s mark and moving to the 175th place in the all-time ranking. That’s more than enough knocks to join the Meikyukai, you know…
On the negative side of things, the Feesh lost 6-4 against the Phillies, a defeat that not only moved the countdown to 100 losses to just four games, but also assured the Marlins a third straight last-place finish in the NL East. Are you happy now, Loria?