The Marlins have been reeling as of late. Since pushing their record to 10-8 on April 23rd, the wheels have come off a bit for Miami. They ended April on a low note, losing four of five games. May has started off in much of the same way.
The Marlins faced off with their in-state rivals the Tampa Bay Rays to start the week. They finished things up in Queens against their NL East rivals in the Mets. Miami would lose both series 2-1.
The Rays shut down the Marlins lineup to start the week. They scored only three runs in the first two games before exploding for 10 in the series finale. Against the Mets, it was the bullpen that imploded in Game 1. The Marlins built a 7-1 lead but would eventually lose 8-7. In the middle game, the offense managed only three runs. But, like the finale against the Rays, the offense exploded again for a 7-0 win.
Jose Urena was excellent in a spot start and should get another opportunity after throwing six shutout innings against the Mets. The Marlins have a deep, dangerous lineup that can produce throughout.
Miami is dealing with some injuries, as Wei-Yin Chen was placed on the DL this week along with Edinson Volquez. Jeff Locke is also on the DL, so the Marlins are pushing their depth in the starting rotation right now. Christian Yelich is also nursing a balky hamstring. Third basemen Miguel Rojas and Martin Prado both were forced out of Sunday’s game with injuries, so the Marlins are just trying to stay afloat right now to get healthy.