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PHILADELPHIA -- An expected strength has been a weakness for the Marlins this season.

Heading into the year, the club anticipated having a solid defense. But blunders in the field have repeatedly happened. The Marlins had committed 23 errors entering Saturday, tied with the Cubs for the second most in the National League. The Nationals had made 24 errors.

"Coming out of Spring Training, we thought one of our strengths would be our defense," manager Mike Redmond said. "For whatever reason, we haven't played defense the way we're capable of. It seems like we're making errors and mistakes on routine plays. It's not like some of them are on tough plays."

With an inexperienced squad, mistakes are going to happen. Because the team is struggling at the plate, the Marlins have not been able to overcome misplays.

"Whether that is a lack of concentration in games, I don't know," Redmond said. "We don't have the offense to overcome these mistakes. We have to be better. We have to do a better job of picking up that ball and getting outs."

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter Less

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