The biggest story up to this point of opening week has to be the story of the Miami Marlins and their lack of offense. They opened up their new stadium to much fanfare on Wednesday night, in a 4-1 loosing effort to the St. Louis Cardinals. The Marlins Ace Josh Johnson pitched well but not up to the level that is expected of this potential Cy Young pitcher. The reigning World Series MVP David Freese was the star of this game with 3 hits and 2 RBI’s in 5 visits to the plate. The Marlins then traveled to Cincinnati to play the Reds yesterday and loss 4-0. The Marlins new pitcher Mark Buehrle had a good outing but did not have the offense behind him to have any chance of succeeding in this game. Cincinnati dominated with the pitching of Cueto and the offensive power of players like Jay Bruce.
The bottom line after two games is that the Marlins offense has sucked! The entire team is batting below .200. The pitching is good but the team can’t succeed without the offense they are supposed to have. Hanley Ramirez and Mike Stanton have been the two biggest problems on offense so far. Neither player have reached base off a hit in a combined 16 plate appearances. They need to get it together quick or the team will be fighting to get back in the standings before April is over.
They have Friday off and will certainly be gathering themselves to play the Reds again on Saturday. The team has finally garnered the attention of the nation and has opened up like the Marlins of old. Time is precious and this team could get down in the dumps really quick. I feel the Marlins need to snap out of this 2 game slump and play like the playoff contenders they are. All of that money spent on free agents and new manager needs to be redeemed with wins. The wins must start Saturday night!