Sunday, May 11, 2008

Marlins Win 7th Straight

Ladies and gentlemen, the Marlins now own the best record in the major leagues. Fredi Gonzalez has to be the early frontrunner for Manager of the Year, because this ragtag bunch belongs on the bottom of the standings, not at the top. Still, somehow the Marlins have managed to put together a 23-14 record, continuing the best start in team history.

Today was a sweet victory, coming back from a late 4-1 deficit to win thanks to a pair of Dan Uggla home runs (no help to my fantasy teams who faced him in both leagues). The win complete a sweep of the lowly Nationals and again, ties the Marlins with the Diamondbacks for the best record in the majors despite only a +14 run differential. And that's including yesterday's 11-0 pounding in Washington.

The success is in most part due to some solid hitting and excellent work from the bullpen. It's an exciting start to the season because our young hitters will get better and the starting lineup should benefit from the return of Josh Johnson and Anibal Sanchez later on in the season. What a Cinderella story it would be if the Marlins could actually contend for the playoffs with such a low payroll. Making the postseason with this roster would be arguably as impressive as winning the World Series back in 2003.

1 comment:

The Bull Gator said...

Here's to the 2 Florida teams meeting in the World Series. Okay that's still a far way off and the Marlins have 2 titles to the Rays' 0 playoff appearances, but right now both teams are playing great.