The Miami Marlins were lucky enough to start the season with seven home games and for Jose Fernandez to start two of those games. The Marlins took away five wins out of the first seven before getting a break Monday to prepare for a road trip which will take them to Washington and Philadelphia. The five wins were more impressive than you think.
Since last year, everyone was waiting for outfielder Giancarlo Stanton to heat up and it took him awhile last season to do so. He battled injuries all season long and still managed to hit 20-plus home runs. This year is a completely different story as Stanton already has two home runs (both of them bombs) and 12 RBIs to start the year. Stanton also has some protection around him which has led to the hot start of newcomer and third baseman Casey McGehee.
McGehee is batting .375/.467/.625 through his first 24 at-bats. Something no one expected because he was coming off a year with the Rakuten Golden Eagles of the Japanese Pacific League. Since Japan is considered to be Quadruple-A, McGehee’s assimilation back into the majors has been astounding. With his hot start Miami needs him to keep it up. McGehee and Stanton are the only two in double-digit RBI on the Marlins.
Fernandez has anchored the pitching for the most apart winning two games in the first five. Behind him, the Marlins are only going to be more dangerous if the rest of the league sleeps on them.
Miami faces the Washington Nationals Tuesday with Henderson Alvarez taking the mound looking to bounce back from a shaky first start of the season.