The Miami Marlins started the season winning their first five of seven games. Miami was on top of the NL East coming into a series against the Washington Nationals and the hype machine started to surround the team a bit. However, the series with the Nationals has been a disaster and has ruined any type of momentum the team had heading into its toughest part of April.
Washington finished the sweep of the Marlins on Thursday with a 7-1 victory. Washington outscored Miami 22-8 in the series win, which put a damper on the offensive prowess Miami was beginning to show heading into the series. Giancarlo Stanton was held to just two hits over the three games. Casey McGehee only had one hit as well. The Marlins’ bullpen also looked very weak.
Henderson Alvarez and Tom Koehler both made good starts Tuesday and Thursday. Alvarez lasted 5.2 innings only allowing three runs and Koehler lasted six innings allowing two runs and striking out six batters. In the first game, Mike Dunn allowed the game to get out of hand, giving up two earned runs to the Marlins to put the nail in the coffin.
Arquimedes Caminero allowed five runs in just 0.1 innings on Thursday, allowing the game to get out of hand again. Carlos Marmol blew a save on Wednesday as Jayson Werth hit a game-winning grand slam off of him.
The Marlins have the Philadelphia Phillies next on the schedule. For Miami to get back to how they started, the bullpen and the offense both have to get back on track. The Marlins cannot let the month slip away.