The Miami Marlins never had a shot to contend for a championship during the 2019 season. With a roster full of rookies, promising young talent, and journeymen veterans, even finishing with a .500 record and breaking a decade worth of losing was going to be a stretch.
Heading into tonight's second-half opener at home against the New York Mets, the Marlins sit at 33-55. After a historically bad 10-31 start to the year, they have a markedly improved 23-24 record since that point.
Despite being 19.5 games behind Atlanta in the NL East and 13 games adrift of the second NL Wild Card spot, Miami still has a lot to play for before the season draws to a close.