Amidst the continued nosedive in the NL East, encouraging storylines have been few and far between for the Miami Marlins.
When the Fish entered Washington Monday to begin a three-game set against the Nationals, their 40-53 record wasn’t indicative of their overall play, this, given the team’s then-plus 16 run differential. Fast forward two days, and following an 18-1 drumming and Washington’s comeback win on Tuesday, the Marlins run differential had fallen to -4.
Fortunately, an atom of light revealed itself in Wednesday’s series finale in the shade of Nick Neidert, who worked a career-high five innings, limiting the Nationals to just 1 run. Despite the encouraging effort, though, Neidert’s command issues persisted, noted by his 3 walks in this most recent outing.
“Nick set the tone,” uttered manager Don Mattingly postgame in what was a 3-1 Marlins win. With the win, the team snapped a skid that had seen them lost 4 of their last 5.
Mattingly, too, noted Neidert as a “creature of habit,” with much…