Dan Jennings can only do so much.
Miami's rookie manager has seen his club struggle with runners in scoring position and suffer from injuries to notable starting pitchers, but according to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, league officials are beginning to wonder how Jennings would fare as the club's manager if the Marlins were in the postseason conversation after the All-Star break.
While the Marlins are hoping to get as close to five hundred as possible before the break, the squad has not performed any better under Jennings. Miami was 16-22 before the front office opted to fire Mike Redmond and after a loss to the Cardinals on Thursday night fell to 14-22 under Jennings' leadership.
After being swept by the Cardinals, the Marlins host the Dodgers for a three game weekend series before the Giants head to Marlins Park next week. The Marlins have an opportunity to gain ground in the National League East but will likely be challenged by consistent West Coast teams. Miami remains in the battle for the East since neither the Nationals nor the Mets have gone on a winning streak and taken a significant lead but the Marlins have had difficulty becoming consistent without a handful of starters.
Jose Fernandez is set to make his 2015 debut on July 2 against the Giants and Jarred Cosart and Mat Latos have both been reinstated from the disabled list. When Fernandez returns, Miami's starting five will only be without Henderson Alvarez and may begin to pitch deeper into games. Although Martin Prado might be out through the first few weeks of July, Michael Morse is on his way back and could significantly contribute to the Marlins' offense.
Miami has a notable amount of starting pitching but the club's offense has had difficulty with runners in scoring position. Dee Gordon and Giancarlo Stanton have anchored the unit and Jennings has utilized different lineups in an attempt to kick-start the offense. He has also carefully monitored the pitching staff and has been aggressive with regard to bringing relievers into games.
As Rosenthal notes, the Marlins were forced to accept Jennings' move to the dugout. He will continue to serve as the general manager as the trade deadline approaches and now might have the best idea of what moves can be made to make the Marlins better.
If the Marlins were to make the postseason, Jennings' style would gain a lot more attention. But to this point, Jennings has had just about the same amount of success as Redmond did. Does that mean he moves back to the front office in 2016? That could be option, but right now he is hoping his club can put together a winning streak as a lengthy homestand continues.