Manager Mike Redmond after Tuesday’s 6-3 win over the Pirates alluded to his offense getting off to slow starts lately. Those slow starts have made history.
The Marlins have gone seven straight games in which they’ve failed to score more than one run against the opposing starter. According to STATS LLC, the last and only other team with such a streak was the 1966 Cleveland Indians (April 28-May 6). No team has ever gone eight in a row scoring one or no runs off starters.
Wednesday, the Marlins face lefty Jeff Locke, who on June 13 in Miami held them to two runs on seven hits over eight innings. Making his 12th start, Locke has held an opponent to fewer than two runs once (June 8 against the Brewers).
Seven lefty starters – Gio Gonzalez, Alex Wood, Jon Niese, Robbie Erlin, Marco Gonzalez, Vidal Nuno and Madison Bumgarner – have limited the Marlins to one or no runs during starts ranging from 4 2/3 to eight innings this season.
During the Marlins’ current skid, six of the seven starters completed exactly seven innings and one went six. Whereas the Marlins are 3-4 during their stretch of early offensive struggles, the aforementioned 1966 Indians went 5-2.
In that streak, Marcelino Lopez, Gary Peters, Tommy John, Al Downing, Mel Stottlemyre, Bob Friend and Dave McNally allow one or no runs in starts ranging from six to 10 innings. McNally allowed a run on three hits over 10 in a game the Orioles ultimately won 3-2 in 15 innings.
Here’s a look at the recent stifling starting pitching against the Marlins:
DateStarterInningsHitsRunsEarned runsWalksStrikeoutsResult7/29/2014Stephen Strasburg741124W, 3-07/30/2014Tanner Roark731127L, 3-47/31/2014Johnny Cueto741119L, 1-38/1/2014Mat Latos751145L, 2-58/2/2014Homer Bailey731135W, 2-1 (10)8/3/2014Mike Leake631145L, 3-78/5/2014Charlie Morton761144W, 6-3
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