Today the Marlins dropped the series finale in Milwaukee 5-3. You know what that means, folks?
It means the Florida Marlins are below .500 for the first time all season.
On the bright side, it did take the team a whole 6 weeks or so before they fell below .500.
However, the team has now lost 17 of 23 since starting the season 11-1, and has dropped to fourth in the NL East, only ahead of the Nationals.
During that span, the starting rotation has registered a grand total of two wins, both of which came in Denver against the Rockies (Ricky Nolasco and Josh Johnson).
The bullpen has shown improvement though, despite Burke Badenhop allowing a couple of runs that put the Marlins behind after Johnson left the game. Before that, the 'pen had a streak of about 19 consecutive scoreless innings.
Also, Hanley Ramirez, who was struggling at the plate a month ago, has upped his average nearly 100 points to bring it to .358, which is fifth best in the NL.
Where the team really needs to step it up is with the starting pitching, which has been pretty bad outside of Johnson, and the leadoff hitting. Hanley can't do much at the plate if the hitters before him don't get on base.
So with that being said, it's still not time to give up on the Marlins, despite the recent drop back to reality. We've seen what this team can do when they are clicking on all levels, so let's just hope they can get their act together and rebound.
Oh, and I'm still standing by my prediction that the fish will win the World Series, as crazy as that may sound.