Lack of big hits continue to plague Marlins

Lack of big hits continue to plague Marlins

Lack of big hits continue to plague Marlins
MIAMI -- Offensive struggles has been a theme for the 2012 Marlins.

Friday night's 3-0 loss to the Mets marked their 15th shutout of the season. It established a franchise high, passing the 14 times they were blanked in 1993 and '96. The 15 shutouts are the most in the Majors this season.

"One of the biggest reasons we're in last place [is] because we're not producing, we're not hitting with men on base," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "We were very bad in that department."

Miami ranks second to last with a .231 batting average with runners in scoring position.

Guillen said that what surprised him most this year was how the Opening Day ballclub faced its share of trouble. Each starting infielder -- Hanley Ramirez, Jose Reyes, Omar Infante and Gaby Sanchez -- had made the All-Star team at least once in his career. There were two batting champions on the left side.

"I think the burden of this ballclub was the big hits," Guillen said. "Every time we got the big hits, we win games. We've been very inconsistent about getting the big hits, and that's the reason we are where we are."

With younger guys in the lineup since the non-waiver Trade Deadline, Guillen wants the players to learn from their experiences at the plate so that things can change.

"Hopefully this year we learn and we work on it," Guillen said. "How we're going to hit with men on base, what's the approach at the plate, what we're going to take, what pitch are we going to look for. Don't panic. Don't get anxious. I think that we're anxious is more than a panic when we had those situations. We swing at everything around the plate and don't get it done."