CHICAGO — Rally-killing double plays are beginning to wear on Marlins manager Mike Redmond, who indicated they could end up costing players their jobs if the problem isn’t fixed.
“Seems like every time we get guys into scoring position, we ground into a double play,” Redmond said Friday after the Marlins grounded into three double plays in a 4-3, 11-inning loss to the White Sox. “We’ve been watching this all year. It’s those guys’ job to drive in runs. Obviously, if you don’t get the job done, you know what happens.”
Jeff Mathis on Friday grounded into the sixth bases-loaded double play of the season by the Marlins, which is tied for most in the majors with the Angels and A’s.
But the Marlins have had a total of only 35 plate appearances in which the bases have been loaded compared with 67 for the A’s and 49 for the Angels. With runners in scoring position, the Marlins have bounced into 22 double plays, also tied for most in the majors.
“Very frustrating,” Redmond said. “It’s happened a lot.”
The 2003 Marlins hold the franchise single-season record for grounding into double plays with the bases loaded: 16.
Though there is nothing remarkable about his .308 on-base percentage, Marlins rookie Derek Dietrich had reached base in his first 13 games entering play Saturday.
That’s the second-longest streak by a Marlins rookie to begin a career since Kevin Millar reached base in his first 17 games. Millar’s streak, however, was spread across two seasons: 1998 and ’99.
Dietrich, who extended his streak Friday by homering off John Danks, could remain in the everyday lineup even after Donovan Solano returns from the disabled list.
“When he came up, we really weren’t sure what to expect, both offensively and defensively,” Redmond said. “I think he’s proved he can play second base.”
• Solano is expected to begin taking swings Monday at extended spring training in Jupiter.
• Kevin Slowey completed his normal, between-starts bullpen session Saturday and declared his next scheduled start Tuesday a “go.” Slowey came out of his last start with a lat injury.
• Sunday: Marlins RHP Alex Sanabia (3-6, 4.56 ERA) at Chicago White Sox RHP Dylan Axelrod (2-3, 4.13), 2:10 p.m., U.S. Cellular Field.
• Monday: Marlins RHP Jose Fernandez (2-2, 3.31) at Tampa Bay Rays RHP Jake Odorizzi (0-0, 5.40), 3:10 p.m., Tropicana Field.
• Scouting report: Sanabia ended a five-game losing streak Monday when he earned the victory against the Phillies. Sanabia has induced 12 double-play grounders, most in the National League.