The bad news just keeps coming for the Miami Marlins.
They have lost four games in a row and seven of their last ten.
They now have a 43-49 record and postseason aspirations are starting to become a pipe dream.
And, to make things worse, they will lose their best player for a significant period of time.
“A CT scan on Marlins All-Star Second Baseman Jazz Chisholm, Jr.’s back has revealed a stress fracture sources tell me and @J_McPherson1126. The timetable on this injury is approximately 6 weeks,” MLB.com’s Craig Mish tweeted.
A CT scan on Marlins All-Star Second Baseman Jazz Chisholm, Jr.’s back has revealed a stress fracture sources tell me and @J_McPherson1126. The timetable on this injury is approximately 6 weeks.
— Craig Mish (@CraigMish) July 22, 2022
That’s some awful news for the fish, one that could very well derail their season for good.
A Considerable Loss That Could Change The Season
Chisholm leads Miami’s position players in Wins Above Replacement (WAR) by a considerable margin: he has accumulated 2.7, and the next-best ballplayer, Jon Berti, is at 1.9.
Evidently, losing Chisholm for the next month-a-half hurts badly.
He is currently slashing .254/.325/.535 with 14 home runs and 12 stolen bases.
Not only that, but he was the one player people in Miami went to the stadium to watch and enjoy.
Without him, the Marlins’ already bad attendance numbers could decrease even further.
Chisholm had developed into a force at the batter’s box, on the field, and on the basepaths.
He was also a fan favorite and an emerging clubhouse leader.
Now, he will have to be out of action for several weeks, and the Marlins will need to go on without him.
This injury could very well alter the franchise’s plans for the trade deadline.
It wouldn’t be surprising to see the Marlins selling some veteran assets nearing the end of their contract.