So many times towards the end of an unsuccessful season, those teams that are not winning teams end up being playoff tune-ups for the teams that had good seasons. That can be challenging and rewarding at the same time but the Miami Marlins no longer have to think about that this 2013 season. From now until the end of the year they will only face one more team that is participating in October. That happens to be the Detroit Tigers but other than that the Marlins are free to chase their dream of avoiding 100 losses and any other goals they set for themselves.
I realize at times the lesser teams enjoy playing the spoiler during the later part of September but it also must be nice for the Marlins to know that they can somewhat focus on their own situation for that amount of time and not worry about how well the team they are playing has done during the season. They have nothing to prove against the Philadelphia Phillies for example. They are just another team that got squashed by the Atlanta Braves in the National League East. The same goes for the other teams they will play.
The Tigers’ series they will have at the end of the season will likely be one where they face a skeleton crew as they rest up for their playoff series. That could mean that since they currently sit on six losses, they could conceivably have a hot stretch for the last couple of weeks and avoid that 100 loss mark. Stranger things have happened but at least the Marlins can focus on that goal instead of being a warm-up crew for several playoff teams.