When your team loses five starting games and continues to slide in the National League wild card race, you start to look for anything positive to come out of a 5-2 loss to the New York Mets at Citi Field. The Miami Marlins have to be pleased with the performance of spot starter Jake Esch, who pitched 4 2/3 innings and held the opponent to two runs before leaving the game.
Unfortunately, his opposition, Bartolo Colon, was a bit better, giving up the Marlins’ only two runs of the game through seven innings.
Looking at everything this team has had to deal with over the course of August, the 67-66 record overall might be viewed as a moral victory as players continue to fall at the hands of the dreaded disabled list. This roster is beginning to look more like a MASH unit than a baseball team.
Miami posted a 10-18 record the past month – which doesn’t bode well for their playoff chances. Still, Marlins manager Don Mattingly remains optimistic about the team’s chances in the final month of the season.
"You look at the whole picture, it's a lot of different things," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said (via MLB.com). "We're just not doing enough to win. We weren't very good this month, and that's pretty much on all of us."
Esch received the call to the majors when the team announced that David Phelps, who had been a reliever until last month when he was moved to the rotation, had been moved to the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain.
The Marlins did finish the game on Wednesday night unscathed as Marcell Osuna was injured, spraining his wrist and is considered day-to-day according to reports on sun-sentinel.com.
Ozuna suffered the injury while making a diving catch in the third inning. He took a hit away from New York infielder Wilmer Flores to end the inning, but in the process rolled over on his glove hand. He gingerly walked off the field and did not return for the bottom of the fourth.
“We think he’s going to be OK in a couple of days,” manager Don Mattingly said.
The Marlins and all MLB teams will expand their rosters to 40 players on Thursday, which means should Ozuna miss considerable time with the injury, he will not need to be placed on the disabled list.