The Florida Marlins were able to take two out of three games from the Philadelphia Phillies on May 27th, recording only their 2nd series win in May.
It's been a tough road for the Marlins and it didn't look good after they finished their 10-game home stand with three wins and seven losses. Coming into a division rival's home turf, it did not seem like it was going to get any better. Surprisingly, the Fish took the series with an improved offense and stabilized pitching performances.
Marlins fans have been turned off by the recent downturn in the team's play and have not had many reasons to cheer for their home team. Now, if the Marlins capitalize on defeating a division rival, they can once again give the fans something to shout about.
The team has won three of their last four games and has only allowed an average of 3.5 runs during that stretch. Before this stretch they had allowed an average of 6.3 runs in the entire month of May, including four games with 10 runs or more. Let's hope the Marlins don't revert to their early May pitching form.
As for offense, Dun Uggla has hit 5 home runs in the last 10 games and is beginning to lift himself out of the atrocious slump he was in since the season began. Cody Ross found his offense during the series against the L.A. Dodgers and has recorded at least one hit in 10 of the last 12 games.
Although Jorge Cantu has now cooled off, other players have picked up where he left off. Let's not forget that Hanley Ramirez still has not gotten on a hot streak - something that is bound to happen at any moment.
We all knew that the Marlins would recover from the losing syndrome that plagued them after their booming start, now we must pray that they pile on another good streak in order to keep them in the NL East race.
There will be ups and downs all season long - that's a given. What is unknown is the identity of this Florida team: are they the 11-1 Marlins or the post-hype 11-27 Marlins?
Something in between would not be too difficult to imagine.