Miami has mustered just three runs in the first three games since the All-Star break, and outfielder Justin Ruggiano feels frustration is starting to spread in the clubhouse.
"It eats at you a little bit, but I don't think we can sit here and dwell on it," Ruggiano said. "We just need to go out there and play and stay positive."
Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen believes his team has the ability to perform better offensively, but he knows that it is up to the players to execute.
"What can we do? Nothing," Guillen said. "We do everything we can on our end, but we don't play. At the end of the day, it's about them. We hit early every day, we work on it and we have a great video room. We have everything they ask us to have, but when you're up at the plate, the video room is not going to help you, the coach can't help and your manager can't help. You are on your own, and you have to resolve you own problems."
Hitting coach Eduardo Perez can be seen working with his players well before every game. But Guillen knows that a coach can only do his part and the players are the ones who can make that coach look like good or bad.
"I think they can help with the mental part," Guillen said. "The hitting coach can give them something to work with and believe in. They help you prepare on what a guy might throw you, but in the end, it's all about them. They have to do it."
Beyond working with Perez, Marlins players are also routinely analyzing their swings on video. The Marlins have a state-of-the-art video room at Marlins Park, but Guillen does not put as much emphasis on technology as his players do.
"I don't watch video much," Guillen said. "I don't believe in that, because that's from like 10 years ago. There was a lot of much better hitters before 10 years ago. They believe in video and they watch, but I think approach is mental."
Guillen is not seeing the results he would like from his players' work, but he knows they are trying to snap out of their struggles. When that changes, he guarantees that it will not last as long as their slump has.
"The day I don't see them fighting, you guys will be the second to know it," Guillen said. "They will be the first. They fight, but we're just not getting it done."