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Skidding Marlins land in cellar while Phillies regain top spot


It's common to call any early summer slump a "June Swoon" but, though it does not rhyme, it's more apt to call the state of the Florida Marlins a "June Nosedive."

On May 26, just three editions of Power Rankings ago, the Marlins sat at No. 3 with a 28-19 record, only one game behind the Phillies. Then Florida went 3-4 over the next week and slipped slowly down to No. 6.

Cue the freefall. Since winning on May 31 the Marlins are a staggering 1-14 in the month of June, falling from No. 6 to 18 and now to 30 -- dead last -- in the Rankings. They obviously haven't played good baseball, but they haven't been terrible either, losing eight of those 14 by just one run. They have nearly as many hits (130) as they've allowed (136) and have made fewer errors (seven vs. 10) but have been outscored 87-50 thanks to way more men left on base, 127 to 94.

Shortstop Hanley Ramirez is off the DL and back in the lineup but still not hitting, one of four regulars (along with catcher John Buck, second baseman Omar Infante and centerfielder Chris Coghlan) with an on-base percentage below .310. The league average is .320, and Coghlan is the only member of that quartet who was not a 2010 All-Star.

The Marlins have fallen 10 1/2 games behind the Phillies and into a tie for last in the National League East. There's still time to start hitting and creep back up the standings, but they are already out of time to leave June with a winning record. With only 13 games left before the calendar turns to July, Florida would have to win out in order just to even their monthly mark.

NOTE: All stats are updated through Wednesday, June 15.

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