NEW YORK -- In constructing their roster, the Marlins banked on speed at the top of their order being a factor in manufacturing runs.
Right now, not much is clicking, especially from leadoff batter Jose Reyes.
The All-Star shortstop is having a rough time getting anything going. His batting average dipped to .215 after going hitless in four at-bats in Tuesday's 2-1 loss to the Mets at Citi Field.
Reyes entering Wednesday was 2-for-15 in his last four games, and he hadn't scored a run since April 18 against the Cubs at Marlins Park.
With Reyes having a rough time, so is the rest of the offense, which produced three runs in the first three games of the road trip.
"It's a matter of time," Reyes said. "Right now, we're not swinging the bat the way we want to, especially me. I'm the guy who you want to get on base. When you've got your leadoff guy on base, good things are going to happen for your team."
The offensive drought has resulted in the Marlins scoring 58 runs this year, which was tied with the Mets for the 13th most in the 16-team National League.
Miami's team batting average of .237 was tied for 12th, and its .225 mark with runners in scoring position was ninth in the NL.
"I made sure I talked to a few guys, and I said, 'Make sure you keep playing,'" Reyes said. "Everybody was hurting and sad. ... I went into the clubhouse, and I started screaming, 'Hey, keep your chin up, and just be ready for [Wednesday's] game. There is nothing you can do about today's game, whether it was good or bad.' That's the way we've got to look at it."
Reyes is putting it on himself to help get the offense going.
"I need to pick it up," Reyes said. "If I pick it up, the guys behind me are going to pick it up, too."
Mujica, Marlins encouraged by negative X-rays
NEW YORK -- It appears Edward Mujica has avoided a more serious injury.
The Marlins reliever was struck on the right middle finger by a comeback liner off the bat of Lucas Duda on Tuesday night.
An X-ray came back negative, which was the most encouraging news. Feeling substantially better on Wednesday, Mujica did some light throwing in the afternoon, and he hasn't ruled out being available on Thursday.
"They told me to take it easy, because I got a little swelling in the finger," Mujica said. "It's a little bruised. They said, 'Play catch and take it easy today.' If I feel something, they told me to stop it. I'll see tomorrow."
Mujica is the Marlins' primary eighth-inning reliever. He was shaken up in the eighth inning on Duda's hit, which drove in the winning run. After being clipped on the finger, Mujica immediately came out of the game.
Steve Cishek and Ryan Webb are right-handed candidates to work the eighth until Mujica returns.
"We have to see how it feels in the next couple of days," Mujica said.
Ozzie stands by pitching decisions
NEW YORK -- Second-guessing comes with the territory, and Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen understands that.
Guillen also wouldn't change the plan he used in Tuesday night's 2-1 loss to the Mets if he had to do it all over again.
The most controversial inning of Guillen's tenure as Marlins manager came in the seventh.
Guillen lifted Josh Johnson after he walked Lucas Duda with two outs. It was the beginning of a stretch of four different pitchers walking four straight batters. Randy Choate, Steve Cishek and Mike Dunn also issued walks, forcing in the tying run.
"People can second guess after the fact, that's easy," Guillen said. "We had a plan. I told JJ on the mound, 'We've got a plan. We're going to stick with the plan. If we fail, that's on the mound.' "
Johnson was brilliant in 6 2/3 innings, throwing 102 pitches. But pitch count wasn't the issue.
"If something happens, I can sleep," Guillen said. "If somebody would have told me to not do it because we're going to walk four guys, then of course not. The pitching matchups we had, that's what we wanted. It didn't work for us because we were walking people."
Guillen says he likely won't use his starters for more than 110-115 pitches.
"They can second-guess me, I've been second-guessed all of my life," the Miami manager said. "But as long as I can sleep, and I know what I'm doing, and I believe in what my coaching staff is doing out there, that's fine with me."