By David Miller @DavidMillerRant on April 8, 2014
Very few experts or non-experts could have expected the start that the Miami Marlins are off to. Not only are they winning and leading the National League East, they also are looking really good in the process. Meanwhile the Washington Nationals have been bitten by the injury bug early on which could be troubling considering their recent history. One team will make a statement this week during this series but which one will it be?
So far it looks like we can expect LaRoche to have another good season. That would stay with his pattern of alternating good and bad seasons. If he is still on fire, it could give the Nationals a chance to look more dominant than they are right now.
The Marlins are no pushovers right now and the Marlins have some key injuries. If they can get dominant pitching and timely hitting, they could survive this series and even bring the Marlins back down to Earth with a sweep.
Without a doubt the strength of the Nationals is their starting pitching. The Marlins strength so far has been their offense. For the Marlins to win this series, they will need their starters, Henderson Alvarez, Jacob Turner and Tom Kohler to step way up. Kohler had a good first time out but the other two did not. They will need to keep the Nats' offense down if their offense is going to be able to score enough to win.
After play on Sunday the Marlins led every other team in runs scored and had scored 21 more runs than they had allowed. This is something that the Nationals fans will not be accustomed to seeing. This is a different team so the Nats have to be prepared for much more of a challenge than when they faced the fish last year.
The great start that the Marlins have enjoyed has taken them towards the top of most any MLB Power Rankings. Now they have to try and do the same thing on the road that they did at home. Actually, considering how difficult it is to hit home runs in their park, they could actually hit better if it weren't for the Nats' starting staff.
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