Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Florida Marlins: The Hunt For October - Volume 4

National League East Standings
  • Philadelphia (66-49) --
  • Florida (63-55) -4.5 Games Back
  • Atlanta (62-56) -5.5 Games Back

Wild Card Standings

  • Colorado (65-53) --
  • San Francisco (64-54) - 1 Game Back
  • Florida (63-55) - 2 Games Back
  • Atlanta (62-56) - 3.5 Games Back
  • Chicago (60-55) - 3.5 Games Back

"Rock N' Roll"

At the Start of the second half of the season, the Marlins were swept by the Philadelphia Phillies. They rebounded by wining 9 of the next 12. Then they got swept by the Washington Nationals.
Since being swept by the Nationals, the Marlins have won 8 of their last 10 games to include a sweep of the Phillies and series wins against Houston and Colorado.

Marlins hitters have really come alive during the streak . They are batting .340 in their last ten and averaging 7 runs in their last 7 games.

Chris Coghlan has been on a tear this month. He is hitting .420 and raised his batting average 34 point to .289. He is tied with Hanley Ramirez for most RBI, 13, on the team this month. He even got National League Player of the Week considerations last week.

The best thing that could of happened to Emilio Bonifacio was getting benched. He looks like the player that the team thought they were going to have as their lead off this year. he is being patient at the plate and capitalizing on his strenths. He has a .485 OBP and is batting .393 in August.

Even thou the Marlins are wining, it is coming at a price.

The starting rotation is having a hard time getting out of the fifth inning these past two series. Only Josh Johnson and Sean West have been able to accomplish that. The bullpen is being overworked. They have a 7.71 ERA in the ninth inning in the last 7 games. They are also averaging 4 innings a game during that span.

Florida should be cruising to wins, not crossing their fingers in the top of the ninth hoping they can keep their lead.

Florida travels to Houston after a day off on Monday. The Fish took 3 of 4 from the Astros at Land Shark Stadium last week. It was a high Octane series where runs were not in recession. They combined for 62 runs in a 4 game series.

Series Recap
  • Game 1: Florida 6, Colorado 5 (W)
  • Game 2: Florida 10, Colorado 3 (W)
  • Game 3: Florida 3, Colorado 7 (L)

Games to Follow
  • Florida vs. Houston
  • Arizona vs. Philadelphia
  • New York vs. Atlanta
  • Colorado vs. Washington
  • San Francisco vs. Cincinnati

Florida Marlins: The Hunt for October will come to you at the beginning of each series as long as the Marlins stay in contention. They will be in the playoffs this year, so we will be keeping you updated with the series recaps and previews until October.

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