Justin Upton And Six Others Have More Home Runs Than The Miami Marlins

by Clayton Richer | Posted on Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013
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Everyone anticipated that the Miami Marlins were going to be offensively challenged after trading the likes of Jose Reyes and others during their offseason fire-sale. However, after 19 contests the Marlins are a pathetic 4-15 nestled in the basement of the NL East . In 688 plate appearances Marlins hitters have gone yard only six times on the season, that is an average of one home run every 114 at bats.  Their franchise player Giancarlo Stanton has yet to hit a round tripper and the only player with more than one is team leader Justin Ruggiano who has muscled out three. Greg Dobbs, Miguel Olivo and Adeiny Hechavarria are the only other Marlins players to have gone yard this season.

To put this power shortage in perspective, Atlanta Braves slugger and major league home run leader Justin Upton has crushed nine round trippers, three more than the entire Marlins team. To the Marlins dismay he is not the only one either, there are six other major leaguers who have clubbed more homers than their entire team.  Former Marlins catcher John Buck, J.P. Arencibia, Chris Davis, Dexter Fowler, Mark Reynolds and Bryce Harper all have seven big flies on the season, good for one more than the Marlins cast.

There are four other players who are tied with six home runs making the grand total of 11 players who either have more or are tied for the same power output as the Marlins. The league long ball average is 17 making the Marlins way below the average by a country mile. It is a guaranteed bet that Stanton will snap out of his power funk and dial long distance at least 40 times and the return of injured Logan Morrison will no doubt assist in the power category. But six homers in nearly 700 at bats, wow might be time to start corking the lumber in Miami.

The Marlins are also last in runs scored with 43, the league average being 76 and are last in team average batting wit a combined .212 with the league is sitting at .249. The immediate future does not bode well for the Miami contingent perhaps it’s time to start looking to the farm for some added offense.

At the rate Justin Upton is hitting moon shots he is capable of doubling the Marlins output before long. Fun times in Miami, I am sure the fans thank Jeffrey Loria every chance they get.


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Clayton Richer is an MLB scribe from north of the border with a slight bias for the Toronto Blue Jays. Clayton has also been the shop-keeper at Baseball Hot Corner since the sites inception in 2012. Follow and interact with Clayton on Twitter @MLBHotCorner or @ClaytonRicher

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