Saturday, April 11, 2009

Marlins No Longer Undefeated

Amidst the blackout on Saturday night's game between the Florida Marlins and New York Mets, fans came out in the masses to see the showdown between the division rivals - totaling to an attendance of 39,412. The game was not aired on television due to its scheduling at an earlier time than usual, resulting in conflicting interests with the network. The reason why the Marlins moved up the game: to accommodate the post-game performances by hip-hop artists Flo Rida, Pitbull, and DJ Laz. 

The game ended in a 8-4 loss for the Fish after an afternoon where their offense did not perform as well as usual. All four runs scored by the Marlins came in the 7th and 9th innings. The Mets' 3-run 8th inning virtually sealed the deal as they went up 8-2 with two innings left. The Marlins were able to salvage two runs in the 9th, but they were not enough to lead a comeback run. 

Once again, Bonifacio and Ramirez were the catalysts of the offense as they scored 2 out of the 4 runs batted in (RBI). That leaves both with a combined total of 14 RBIs in five games. 

Bonifacio has a batting average (BA) of .588 for the season thus far and Ramirez is not too far behind with a .421 BA. 

It was evident that the Marlins "undefeated streak" would end at some point, but it was not particularly expected on a night where the ace, Ricky Nolasco, was pitching. The good news is that the Marlins still have a decent scoring average as they have not scored less than 4 runs a game and recorded a 12-run game on Opening Day. 

Given the fact that every MLB team must lose at some point, the Fish can now be more realistic with their outlook on games and not worry about the pressures of staying "undefeated." We must now wait and see where the Marlins go from here. Do they rebound and continue their success? Will they fall into a sudden slump and get behind the pack? Or maybe they'll have some unpredictable ups and downs?

The answer is unknown, but the fact remains that the Marlins still have a whole season ahead of themselves. They have youth. They have athleticism. They have passion. And they have the opportunity to prove to everyone that they are not a team to be forgotten. 

Just as a fun fact: The Marlins won their first World Series in 1997 and their second in 2003. That's a six-year difference. Now if you count the difference between 2003 and 2009, that's six years as well. I'm not saying that their due for another World Series....I'm just sayin'. 


threio said...

sorry for your loss bud.

Excuse me but you didn't think your win streak would last forever did you?

David J. Verjano said...

Of course not, heh. I'm glad it's over with early, because if not it would have created this huge discussion on how the Marlins are "doing the unthinkable." That would just put pressure on the players and unnecessary attention.

We all know that you can't be undefeated in the MLB, or the NBA for that matter. The NFL is the only league that has recorded undefeated seasons, and the Miami Dolphins are the only team to go undefeated in the regular and post season - 1972's "Perfect Season" (Sorry I had to throw that in there).

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