MINNEAPOLIS -- The Marlins are playing bad baseball and languishing in last place. But after dropping the first game of Monday’s day-night doubleheader to fall to 4-16 — the worst record at the 20-game mark in franchise history — Greg Dobbs vowed the losing won’t continue.
At least not at the current rate.
“If you let it, it will eat you alive, and it will eat you from inside out, and you can’t let it happen,’’ the veteran infielder said. “It’s a long season. A lot can happen. You’re not going 4-16 or 4-17 for the rest of the way.’’
The Marlins have yet to win a series, or even back-to-back games.
“It seems every day we’re right on the edge of turning it around,’’ Dobbs said.
“We’ve got to buckle down and we’ve got to execute, and we’ve got to make things happen.’’
While the season is still very young, the Marlins are on pace to win only 32 games, which would easily shatter the record for the worst record in the 162-game era.
The 1962 New York Mets hold the low mark of 40-120.
Matter of degrees
The temperature of 38 degrees for the start of the first game Tuesday made it the fifth-coldest game in Marlins history, and the coldest since a 36-degree game in Colorado on Sept. 24, 2000.
The record for coldest temperature at first pitch of a Marlins game: 29 degrees on April 8, 1997, at Chicago’s Wrigley Field.
Maine to Triple A
Pitcher John Maine has accepted an outright assignment to Triple A New Orleans.
Following a poor outing in Cincinnati on Thursday, Maine was designated for assignment.
Starting pitcher Henderson Alvarez (right shoulder inflammation) threw live batting practice in Jupiter on Tuesday, and starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi (right shoulder inflammation) resumed his throwing program.
Marlins general manager Mike Hill said shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria (right elbow contusion) should be ready to come off the disabled list on schedule.
“The pain is resolved,” Hill said.
• Wednesday: No game.
• Thursday: Marlins RHP Kevin Slowey (0-2, 1.90 ERA) vs. Chicago Cubs RHP Edwin Jackson (0-3, 4.84), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.
• Friday: Marlins LHP Wade LeBlanc (0-3, 6.27) vs. Cubs RHP Scott Feldman (0-3 4.50), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.
• Scouting report: Following a day off on Wednesday, the Marlins return to action Thursday when they open a four-game home series with the Chicago Cubs. Slowey ranks last among major-league starters in run support average — 0.75 runs per start. Directly ahead of him on the list: Ricky Nolasco at 1.25 runs per start. The Marlins hold an 81-78 all-time series edge over the Cubs.