Fortunately for the Marlins, they are only 1 1/2 games behind the Washington Nationals, who swept them over the weekend.
The Marlins went 1-6 on their road trip and have dropped 10 of their last 12 games.
They left 12 men on base Sunday, 35 in the three-game series, and 98 in their last 12 games. They’ve been regularly out-hitting opponents—13-9 on Sunday—but the clutch hits are few and far between.
“Thirty-three hits and 35 men left on base ain’t going to get it done,” said Marlins manager Jack McKeon after Sunday’s 6-3 loss. “We’re glad to get off the road, no question.”
The Mariners arrive in Dolphins Stadium, having won their last two games, including Sunday’s 6-5 victory over Tampa Bay. Richie Sexon doubled home Adrian Beltre in the bottom of the ninth to give the Mariners the win at Safeco Field.
“Richie has been pretty much coming through all year,” Beltre said of his teammate. “He’s been driving in runs, hitting a lot of home runs.”
Although Sexon is just hitting .246 for the season, he has 13 home runs, 44 RBIs and a .520 slugging percentage.