The Miami Marlins are 26 games under .500 on the 2013 season. That probably doesn’t surprise you. They beat the crud out of the St. Louis Cardinals, the best team in Major League Baseball, on Sunday and have played .500 baseball in the month of June. That might surprise you. Mike Redmond and the Marlins are doing something right down there in south Florida and finally the fans are beginning to notice and give them what they deserve which is credit for getting the franchise going in the right direction.
Ricky Nolasco held the dynamic offense of the Cardinals to 3 hits and 1 run through seven dominant innings on Sunday. While he was doing that, his offense was blowing the Cardinals out of the water. They won by five runs and that is saying something when you are talking about the best team in the majors vs the worst team in the majors record wise. Face it doubters, if you started the season on the first of June the Marlins would not be the worst team in the majors which actually means that they are not the worst right now.
The best thing these guys have going for them is their good young players and the production they give to the team. Giancarlo Stanton had an average of .227 when he went down to the disabled list. His replacement was so good that people were continuing to shout for the Marlins to trade Stanton away. He has been back from the DL for six games and his average is already up to .263. Over that six game span he has 3 runs scored, 2 homers and 7 RBI.
Can I just say something? Trading this kid would be the single dumbest thing this franchise could do. He does everything right and plays the game the right way. Never, ever trade Stanton. He is one of the biggest reasons for hope for these guys. And yes, there is hope and right now there is quite a lot of it for good reasons.