Miami Marlins

Marlins aren’t out of playoff chase yet

Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly talks with center fielder Marcell Ozuna before the start of a game in June at Marlins Park.
Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly talks with center fielder Marcell Ozuna before the start of a game in June at Marlins Park. dsantiago@elnuevoherald.com

They’ve played poorly. But they’re not dead.

The Marlins remain in the wild-card playoff hunt only because none of the other contenders have taken off in the race.

“We were talking 10 days ago about how somebody’s going to get hot, and nobody has,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said.

“Everybody’s kind of been cold.”

The Marlins have gone 11-20 since the start of August.

But here’s a look at each contender’s record since Aug. 1: St. Louis (15-15), San Francisco (12-19), Pittsburgh (15-16) and Colorado (13-18).

The Mets had gone 16-16 going into their game Sunday night against the first-place Nationals.

“You almost kind of have to keep looking at that to try to take something out of that,” Mattingly said.

“It’s still there to pull off some magic. And that’s the one thing I think we have to hold to, as badly as we’ve played.

“We still have to be able to put it behind us, knowing there’s a possibility of magic out there, of us getting hot and doing something.”

Slumping Dee

Dee Gordon isn’t blaming his hitting slump on his 80-game drug suspension. But Mattingly said it could be a factor in the second baseman’s sharp dropoff at the plate.

“It’s hard to say,” Mattingly said.

“It’s hard to be able to tell without just guessing that it affected him, having to deal with it and the kind of ramifications of the suspension.”

Gordon, who won the batting title last season with a .336 average, is hitting just .254 this year and was out of the lineup on Sunday after going just 2 for 26 on the road trip.

“That’s an excuse,” Gordon replied when asked if his midseason suspension was a factor in his struggles.

“I’ve still got to play. I’ve just got to go out there and grind out at-bats.”

Ozuna to test wrist

Marcell Ozuna said he will take batting practice on Wednesday to test his sore left wrist and could return to the lineup on Thursday or Friday at the earliest.

Ozuna has been out since last Wednesday after injuring his wrist while making a diving catch at Citi Field in New York.

▪ Ichiro Suzuki’s throwing error on Saturday was his first error in two seasons with the Marlins and his first since Aug. 20, 2014.

His errorless streak of 203 games was the third-longest streak in the majors for an outfielder.

COMING UP

▪ Monday: Marlins RHP Jake Esch (0-0, 4.15 ERA) vs. Philadelphia Phillies RHP Jerad Eickhoff (9-13, 3.90), 1:10 p.m., Marlins Park.

▪ Tuesday: Marlins RHP Jose Urena (3-5, 5.40) vs. Phillies LHP Adam Morgan (1-9, 6.21), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.

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