The Miami Marlins have a long road ahead of them before the team can even be close to considered as a legitimate threat to win the National League East division. However, all kind of playoff talk aside, the Marlins need to focus on a few things as the team gets ready to enter the second half of the season in a series on the road against the Milwaukee Brewers.
The team has a .500 record since May 31 and the only thing Miami can do is build upon that. The Marlins are 35-58 this season. The next three out of four series to start the season are against teams that are below .500 at this point of the year. The Brewers, Colorado Rockies and New York Mets are all coming up on the schedule against the Marlins. If somehow Miami can take at least two games from each team, it would be the perfect way to start the second half.
A lot of things need to come to fruition for that to happen. Manager Mike Redmond has to rally the troops and get the young players pumped to win. He has to show everyone that there is still a lot of baseball left to be played before anyone could start counting their chickens. The young guys have to hit and the pitchers have to keep it close. No one is asking for anyone to become Sandy Koufax overnight, but pitch well enough to compete in games.
Expect Miami to play better than last season at this point. A 6-7 record to start July is not at all terrible to what the team was expected to do.