The 2018 season for the Marlins has been yet another disappointing one. Most fans are upset that CEO Derek Jeter traded their beloved stars for prospects. It will take time for the fans to understand that a rebuild was necessary but it will work out down the road.
Jeter inherited a load of problems from the previous ownership. One of them being that the organization wasn’t efficiently making profits. Giancarlo Stanton’s massive contract wasn’t going to make things easier so trading Stanton was necessary. Trading Stanton got rid of his contract along with the Marlins acquiring prospects from the Yankees.
The 2018 Marlin’s batting average dropped significantly from last years team. In 2017, the team batted a .267 average while this year’s team batted a .237 average. Some fans may be upset that the team batting average dropped thirty points from last year’s team. That’s understandable, but keep in mind that this year’s team mostly consisted of new faces including young prospects.
Considering that the 2018 Marlins consisted of young prospects, they held their own. Four other teams in MLB had a worse batting average than the rebuilding Marlins’ .237. The Diamondbacks and Padres both batted a .235, and the Mets and Phillies both batted a .234. The Diamondbacks and the Phillies were both potential playoff contenders and still couldn’t sport a team batting average better than the Marlins. Now let’s get to some stat rankings for the Marlins.
Offensive Stat Rankings
The Marlins ability to produce runs in games was pretty bad after trading their top run-producing players. As the young bucks on the team gain more experience, the runs will begin to come around. Nonetheless, the Marlins ranked last among thirty MLB teams producing 3.66 Runs Per Game.
Miami moved up a little bit in the “Hits Per Game” category. Producing 8.09 hits per game, the Marlins rank 25th among MLB teams. Miami may have improved their ranking from the last category but they took a dive from last year’s ranking. In the 2017 season, the Marlins ranked third in “Hits Per Game” producing 9.24 hits.
With no true power hitter after trading Giancarlo Stanton and Marcell Ozuna, the Marlin’s “Home Runs Per Game” ranking went downhill. Among the other teams, the Marlins ranked last in this category producing 0.80 “Home Runs Per Game”. The Marlins do have some prospects with raw power. Hopefully, those prospects can make an impact with their power once they get the call.
The Marlins could not produce some run support for their pitchers this season. Producing only 3.44 RBIs Per Game. This puts them ranked last among the other teams in this category. Obviously producing RBIs is essential for winning ball games. Once the Marlins young hitters figure out a way to produce RBIs, ball games will be won more often.
With the loss of speedster Dee Gordon, the Marlin’s stolen base stat went bad real quick. The Marlins produced only 0.28 stolen bases per game. That stat puts them at rank twenty-nine in MLB. More speedsters will equal more stolen bases. More stolen bases equal more runners in scoring position. More runners in scoring position equal more runs. And of course with more runs, the chances of winning increases.
In this next category, being ranked somewhat high isn’t a good thing. The Marlins ranked sixteen in the “Runners Left in Scoring Position” category. Leaving 3.39 runners in scoring position will not win many games as you can tell by looking at the Marlins record. If the hitters can figure out how to hit guys home consistently, their chances of winning increases.
Miami’s slugging percentage was pretty awful. The Marlins ranked last in this category while sporting a .0356 slugging percentage. Miami was simply not able to put the ball in play all that well. Putting the ball in play gives the team a better chance of finding a hole or the defense making a mistake.
Miami’s on-base percentage wasn’t the worst and it wasn’t the best, it was close to the worst though. Miami ranked 25th with a 0.303 on base percentage. If there are no guys on base, how do you expect to win? The Marlin’s need to find ways to get more guys on base next season.
The Marlin’s on-base plus slugging percentage was ranked dead last at a 0.659 percent. That needs to change next season if the Marlins want more runs. If they get more runs, they get a better chance of winning.
Pitching Stat Rankings
Pitching has been a bit of a problem for the Marlins. On the bright side of all the stats you’re about to read, the Marlins don’t rank last in any of these categories.
In the “Team Outs Pitched Per Game” category, the Marlins rank fifteen out of thirty with 26.87 outs pitched per game.
The Marlin’s ranking dropped ten spots in the “Earned Runs Against” category allowing 4.73 earned runs against themselves. Miami is ranked twenty-fifth in this category out of the other thirty teams.
Miami’s “Earned Run Average” is slightly higher than their “Earned Runs Against” at a 4.76. Miami’s rank stays the same at twenty-five. It’s clear that pitchers need to do a better job at limiting runs.
“Walks Plus Hits Per Innings Pitched” is the next category that the Marlins struggled in. They ranked twenty-third with a 1.382 WHIP. Too many walks and hits cause issues on the basepaths which leads to more runs for the opposing team. Lower the WHIP and chances of winning for Miami increases.
“Strikeouts Per 9” rate was pretty low also for the Marlins. Miami ranked twenty-fifth. Without a true ace, don’t expect the strikeouts to pile up like they used to. Miami’s young rotation will need an ace who can help guide them and mentor them through their up and downs during the season.
Marlin’s pitchers have given quite a few hits throughout games. Their “Hits Per 9” percentage is at an 8.66 and that puts Miami at rank twenty in that category. Limit the number of hits and there won’t be that much traffic on the basepaths.
Miami pitchers did a decent job at limiting home runs against opposing hitters. Their “Home Runs Per 9” percentage is at a 1.20 on the season. That percentage is decent enough to rank the Marlins at eighteen out of thirty teams. Of course, limiting the home runs will limit the runs given up. Pitchers have to have a better pitch sequence when pitching against power hitters.
Walks were definitely a big factor in most of the Marlins’ losses this season. Miami’s “Walks Per 9” was at a 3.78 and ranked them twenty seventh among other teams. Walks hurt teams big time. Fewer walks will equal fewer runs which could be this difference in tight games.
Opponent batting average against the Marlins is above the .250 mark. Opposing teams are batting a .254 average against the Marlins. That ranks Miami at twenty one against the other thirty teams.
If Miami can clean up the walks, home runs allowed, and got better at hitting with runners in scoring position, they could become a better team sooner than expected.