MIAMI -- Ozzie Guillen's prediction that it will get better will have to wait at least another day.
The story for the Marlins in the first half of the season was an anemic offense. The story to start the second half of the season was, well, an anemic offense.
"I think the second half is no way going to be worse than (the first half)," Guillen, Miami's manager, had declared before Friday's game against Washington. "I don't think so. Not with our talent. And that's my expectation."
There were no signs of the Marlins busting out against the Nationals. In a 5-1 loss at Marlins Park, they had seven hits, not one for extra bases.
Before the second half of the season began Friday, several Miami players had talked about a lack of consistency in the first half, when the Marlins hit .242. Well, they batted .241 Friday. That sounds pretty consistent, so maybe a new word choice is needed.
"I'm not going to panic yet," catcher John Buck said after the loss had dropped Miami a season-most 10...