MLB analyst Harold Reynolds was on MLB Tonight last night and stated that he would rather face the Phillies than face the Miami Marlins. On the surface this looks like preposterous statement. The Marlins? The team that traded away every big-named player they had except for Giancarlo Stanton? How can he make such a ridiculous statement?
When we take a closer look, it is not as far-fetched as it may appear. The two teams have the exact same run differential, -104, and both have gone 4-6 over their last 10 games. In the month of August, the Marlins are slightly better than the Phillies 6-13 mark as they are 7-12 in the month. Not good by any stretch of the imagination but still better than the Phillies. Since June 1st, the Marlins are 34-36 (.485) while the Phillies are 30-41 (.423). Had the Marlins not started off the year with just 14 wins over the first two months of the season, they would be much closer than 7.5 games behind the Phillies.
There's not much else to say that hasn't already been said. When someone says they'd rather face the Phillies than the Marlins and the numbers actually support it - you know things are not going right. At least Maikel Franco went 3-for-4 with a home run, a double, a walk, two RBIs, and three runs scored last night for Double-A Reading? There's something to look forward to!
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