The Miami Marlins can’t take a break right now. After losing five of their last seven games, the stage was set for a turnaround in a four-game series against the Chicago Cubs, who have lost five straight.
However, it was the Cubs who seized the opportunity to register a 2-1 win – their first in six MLB outings.
Marlins RHP Edward Cabrera made his first start after an injury hiatus of nearly two months. He pitched five hitless innings, struck out eight and allowed three hits in a completely dominant display.
Everything seemed to be headed their way, with a Joey Wendle single putting Miami ahead at the top of the seventh. It all fell apart and all of Cabrera’s hard work was wasted.
Willson Contreras hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning, which proved to be the game-winning hit.
A few fans seem to be losing hope this season. They are now 9.5 games behind the National League’s third-place wildcard.
The Marlins brought in Triple-A Jacksonville outfielder Peyton Burdick, who started in left field and hit seventh in his major league debut.
Miami Marlins skipper Don Mattingly unlikely to return in 2023
The pressure on Don Mattingly to make room for a new face in the dugout is now higher than ever. Not just the manager, but the entire Miami Marlins hierarchy is also under scrutiny.
Mattingly is in his seventh season as Marlins skipper after the club exercised an option to extend his stay until the end of 2022.
However, reports have emerged in recent days suggesting he won’t return to the Marlins next year.
“Don Mattingly told me today that he has no commitment to return to Miami management in 2023. Enjoys working with GM Kim Ng and the property. He doesn’t want to be anywhere he doesn’t do not want.” -Craig Mish
The writing has been on the wall for some time. After a few competitive seasons in 2016 and 17, the Mattingly Marlins lost 98 games in 2018 and 105 games the following year.
Swapping Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich and JT Realmuto during this period also didn’t help their cause. They made the play-offs in the COVID-shortened 2020 season but lost 95 games last year.
The Miami Marlins are currently 48-58 and 9.5 games shy of third place in the NL. It looks like Mattingly’s tenure is coming to an end this season.