Statistically, the Miami Marlins are awful. At presstime, the team’s *CK: 18-44 record is the worst in baseball. This season they’ve scored only 187 runs, the fewest number by any team in all of Major League Baseball. And their on-base percentage is embarrassingly low — just .288, also MLB’s worst. However, despite owning last place outright — they’re even worse than the Astros — the Marlins this month enjoyed a two-game winning streak, showing signs of improvement after racking up consecutive W’s in extra-inning barnburners against the New York Mets. Unfortunately, the Fish don’t play New York each series. They have to attempt to win games against other squads such as the Minnesota Twins. The Minneapolis bunch will cruise into Marlins Park (501 NW 16th Ave., Miami) Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. And unlike the Marlins, the Twins aren’t half bad, though their pitching needs improvement. “I think we all know that for us to have success, we have to have our starters going into the second half of games,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire recently told reporters, according to Twin Cities. “We’re only at the start of June, and our bullpen has thrown way too many innings. And it won’t last. They’re not going to be lights-out if you continue to pound them with innings.” No worries, Ron. The Marlins can’t hit. Tickets cost $9 to $410 via ticketmaster.com.
Tue., June 25, 7:10 p.m., 2013