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Marlins Drop Opening Series to the Mets



Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Marlins opened their 2023 season against division rivals, the New York Mets, and it was a tough start for the Marlins. After dropping the opening game 2-1, they played three games over the weekend, winning just one. The Marlins’ biggest concern has to be their offense, which struggled to produce runs throughout the weekend.

In Game two, the Marlins managed to get a win thanks to five shutout innings from Jesús Luzardo, who struck out five and allowed just two hits. Jazz Chisholm Jr. and Jorge Soler both hit home runs to help secure the victory for Miami. However, that would be the only game in which the Marlins’ offense could put enough runs on the board.

In Game 3, the Marlins lost 6-2, and their relief pitching allowed four runs. Once again, the offense failed to produce enough runs to keep up with the Mets.

Game 4 was no different for the Marlins, as they only managed four hits and one run. Trevor Rogers gave up four runs and four hits in 4.1 innings of play. On the other side, Mets’ Kodai Senga struck out eight in his Major League debut. The Marlins’ offense struggled throughout the game, with Luis Arraez being the only bright spot in the lineup. Arraez is .563 to start the year, with only Yuli Gurriel to be the only Marlins player to hit at least .280. Seven players in the Marlins’ lineup are batting .250 or less, which is a big concern for the team as the season progresses.

Overall, it was a tough weekend for the Marlins, who went 1-3 against the Mets. The biggest concern for the team has to be their offense, which failed to produce enough runs in three of the four games. The Marlins made fundamental changes to their offense this season believing it would help them score more runs. With a small sample size of a four-game series, the Marlins glaring scoring troubles of 2022 are alive and well in 2023.