Marlins offense getting it done early
MIAMI -- The Marlins entered Sunday's game against the Mariners with some impressive offensive statistics.
Miami was second in the National League in team batting average (.279) and runs (91), and the Marlins lead the NL in walks (63).
Christian Yelich extended his career-best hitting streak to 13 games in Saturday night's 7-0 win over Seattle and entered Sunday's final game of the homestand with a .338 batting average at the top of the lineup. Marcell Ozuna (.343), Giancarlo Stanton (.315) and Adeiny Hechavarria (.319) were also hitting above .300 and Casey McGehee (.299) was just below that magical mark.
The Marlins also extended their home run-hitting streak to 10 consecutive games on Saturday night when Ozuna launched his third round-tripper of the season.
Despite those lofty offensive stats, the Marlins will leave for a three-game series in Atlanta with a below-.500 record, despite taking the first two games of this series against the Mariners.
"I don't think we've played as good as we can," Yelich said before Sunday's game. "We had a stretch there where we had some hiccups and didn't play as well as we could, but it's still really early. No one is panicking. We've just got to continue to play good baseball."
Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia said that the Marlins' all-around solid performance Saturday night -- including a complete-game gem by starter Henderson Alvarez -- is more indicative of the Marlins' potential.
"To win, you've got to have everything working. Hitting, defense and pitching," Saltalamacchia said. "We've been able to score runs, but we haven't been able to hold other teams. Defense has hurt us a couple of games, but it's part of it. Once that all clicks together like it did [Saturday] night and the night before [an 8-4 win on Friday], we're going to start winning some games."
Saltalamacchia knows that guys like Stanton and Ozuna are capable of hitting plenty of home runs, but he said it's not always about trying to go deep and win a game with the long ball.
"I think we're concentrating on hitting line drives and I think that's made us have a better approach at the plate and not trying to hit it over the fence every time," he said.
As for the 8-10 record entering Sunday's game, Saltalamacchia does not seem to worried.
"It's early," Saltalamacchia said. "I'd rather not peak too soon."