Monday, May 17, 2010

Fish Bring Out Brooms Versus Mets

May 17, 2010

 Coming into the second week of May the Florida Marlins found themselves in fourth place in the National League East division. After a four-game series versus the New York Mets, the Fish emerged as the second seed behind the Philadelphia Phillies. In impressive fashion, the Marlins dominated the Mets in all four games at Sun Life Stadium, leap-frogging Florida two spots up.

The Marlins still find themselves four games behind the Phillies, but are within striking distance of the division and the Wild Card. The sweep could very well be the beginning of a nice run heading into June and a significant boost of confidence for the rest of the season. The Mets have a history of faltering to the Marlins, particularly when playoff implications are on the line. This may be too early to lay a knock out punch on any team, but the sweep definitely will damage New York's morale.

The Marlins now stay home for a two-game series versus the Arizona Diamondback before heading out to St. Louis to face the Cardinals.

Mets-Marlins Rapid-fire Recap
  • The series was defined by both great pitching and prolific offense. Games one and two were dominated by Florida's stellar pitching as they allowed three runs combined in the two games. Games three and four displayed a little less pitching stability, but a clear explosion of offense as the Fish scored 17 runs combined in both games.
  • First baseman Gaby Sanchez had at least two hits in each of the four games, including a perfect 3-for-3 night during the series opener.
  • Second baseman Dan Uggla and outfielder Chris Coghlan both hammered in two home runs during the series and were key contributors to Florida's offense throughout the series.
  • Marlins Ace Josh Johnson proved his worth during the series opener as he struck out seven batters, gave up three hits and allowed one earned run during seven innings of work. Anibal Sanchez followed in his footsteps with a similar performance the following night (seven innings pitched, seven strikeouts, four hits and two earned runs).
  • The Marlins hold a record of 20-18 after 38 games played in the season.

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