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Marlins losing, is it unprecedented?

The Marlins are presently going through some hard times but really this isn't new when a franchise fields such a young team. Now, I'm not going to bother researching all major league teams, I'm way too lazy for that. But it did puzzle me when Joe Capozzi, whom I respect, so I think I can get away with this, wrote on his blog:

They’re 1-11 in June… 3-15 since May 27… This is a team that was 10 over .500 and in the wild card lead less than 3 weeks ago…

They’re in fourth place now, leap-frogged by the Mets. And they’re just 1 1/2 games ahead of the Washington Nationals.

I can’t remember a stretch like this since my early days on the beat — we’re talking 1998 (108-loss season), 1999, 2000 and 2001, the take-your-lumps years that led up to the 2003 World Series team…

Really? In 2009 the Marlins were in first place for 27 days of the first 31 days of the season. In fact on May 9 the team still held the top spot in the NL East and then the losing started. From May 10 to the 23rd, the Marlins went 2 and 11 dropping from first place in the division to fourth. The Marlins would end the month of May going 9 and 20.

Now, granted going 1-11 in June is a little worse than the 2009 season but still, it is pretty similar. The good news in the 2009 season was the Marlins righted the ship and finished 87-75 for second place in the division. Of course at this point in the 2011 season, the Marlins have shown no signs of righting the ship. But that doesn't mean they won't.