How could this have happened?
The little pieces the Miami Marlins acquired during the offseason are gelling together.
The young pitching rotation is doing well.
The bats are starting to come alive.
The Marlins are on top of the National League East.
These are sentences you would not have imagined to read at this point of the season. So early last year were the Marlins buried at the bottom of the division and the entire league. Miami was struggling to get within a couple of runs to give the team a chance to win games. However, the Marlins have done a complete 180-degree turn and things could not be better.
Miami is currently on a four-game winning streak after sweeping the New York Mets Wednesday off of the bat of Marcell Ozuna in the final frame. Miami has won the last nine of 10 games dating back to the end of last month when the Mets beat them at Citi Field. Miami has blown through tough opponents such as the Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers at home, but the thick of the schedule is starting to come up.
The division leader Marlins have a long road trip to take starting Thursday with the San Diego Padres, continuing with the Dodgers, then ending with the San Francisco Giants. Miami is doing a great job, but it will be even more great if the team could win a series or two on the road.
Miami is leading the division now, but let’s check back on May 19 to see where these Marlins are.