Pretty much everyone associated with baseball will at some point utter the phrase, "it's only spring" this time of year, but don't tell that to Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria.
The Marlins lost their ninth consecutive game on Wednesday and fell to 5-13 in Grapefruit League play, the worst mark among Florida teams.
"I know it's only spring training," Loria told the Palm Beach Post's Joe Capozzi, "but it's time to take a look in the mirror. We're better than this. It's time to show it. We need to be playing as a team and we need to hit."
The Marlins have scored a National League-low 62 runs this spring, and have the 27th-ranked fielding percentage in the majors.
Among big league teams this spring, the Marlins are 28th in batting average (.252), last in runs scored (65), 26th in ERA (5.54), 25th in runs allowed (115) and 27th in fielding percentage (.967).
"Uninspired baseball," Loria said. "Inconsistent and not acceptable. Very few guys have focused on what they're here for. Very few."
Manager Edwin Rodriguez said he's disappointed as well.
"It's not the losses. It's the way we've been losing," Rodriguez said. "I know it's spring training, but it's a game. As a professional you want to win regardless of what type of game you're playing."For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.
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