{}
CLOSE

Now Commenting On:

Marlins know they need more clutch hits for push

|
Marlins know they need more clutch hits for push play video for Marlins know they need more clutch hits for push

MIAMI -- With the next two series coming against losing teams in the D-backs and Rangers, now is as good a time as any for the Marlins to gain some ground in the National League Wild Card race. But to do so, they'll have to turn around their offensive woes and pick up those elusive big hits.

Despite entering Thursday ranked fourth in the National League with a .252 average with runners in scoring position, the Marlins have had a tough time in the second half, hitting at a .228 (42-for-184) clip with RISP.

"Sometimes [big hits] come in bunches, but I know these guys are working hard on their approach," manager Mike Redmond said. "Guys seem to feed off each other. That's what we need. We just need to continue to stay at it and get guys on base."

Since the All-Star break, the Marlins' .232 average and 84 runs both ranked 26th in the Majors entering Thursday. Of Miami's 26 games after the break, 14 have been decided by two runs or fewer, with the Marlins posting an 11-3 record in such games.

They've also managed to record 15 wins in the second half, which was tied for second-most behind the Padres' 16 entering Thursday's series opener against the D-backs.

But Redmond recognized that his team's inconsistency at the plate could keep them from making a final push in the last six weeks of the season. Beyond the next two series and one against the Rockies, the Marlins will face the Angels and Braves -- teams with playoff hopes of their own.

"Playoff teams aren't trying to develop their players anymore -- they're trying to win ballgames and beat you," Redmond said. "It gets hard, but we know that our lineup has the ability to put up some big numbers."

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

{}
{}
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español