Although no one expected the Miami Marlins to make any kind of run in the National League East, you have to wonder if they were going to be competitive in the first two games of the season. So far, the Marlins have been the opposite of that. In the first two games of the season against the Washington Nationals, the Marlins have not scored a single run and have only recorded seven hits on the season. Not exactly sure what this is stemming from, but the Marlins have a lot of work to do if they are going to at least win 60 games this season.
Granted, the Nationals did throw out Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez in the first two games against Miami, but the Marlins won the two starts that Gonzalez pitched against them and in Wednesday night’s game, Gonzalez threw an absolute gem in Washington. Gonzalez allowed two hits and struck out four batters. It shows that the Marlins do not have the players in the back of the order to contend with the pitching that the Nationals have thrown out there in the first two games of the season.
Miami finishes up the series against the Nationals Thursday in the middle of the afternoon. One goal for the team should be to score at least one run and then look to win the game. One out of three against one of the best teams in the NL East is not so bad and it could be something for Miami to improve upon as they head to Queens for a weekend series with the New York Mets.