Marlins scuffling with runners in scoring position

Marlins scuffling with runners in scoring position

MIAMI -- The Marlins' struggles to convert with runners in scoring position has haunted the team all season, but none more than during the team's current six-game losing streak.

In the club's last six losses -- sweeps at the hands of the Braves and the Rays -- the Marlins have hit just .100 (5-for-50) with men in scoring position. During that same six-game stretch, opponents have hit .388 (19-for-49) with runners in scoring position, and Miami has been outscored 43-10.

"We don't have that [big hit]. When we don't have that, our percentage is really bad," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said. "It's not just happening the last couple days, it's happened all year long. You look at our batting average with people in scoring position, I don't think it's a good one."

On the season, the Marlins are tied with the Giants for 28th in the Majors with men in scoring position, hitting just .217. Only the Padres, at .191, fare worse in those situations.

With his team lacking timely hits with men on base, Guillen said his players need to get better at-bats in those situations and convert early in the game to take some pressure off the team in the late innings.

"It's kind of funny when you look around at the way we swing the bat, the way we do stuff, and all of a sudden, we got people in scoring position and we shut down," Guillen said. "Maybe they pitch better or maybe we get too anxious. I don't think we can panic because we get men on base, but we have to do better than what we've been doing so far."