At the beginning of the year, you could not actually say with a straight face that you thought the Miami Marlins were going to in contention for a playoff spot, or even being around the .500 mark.
However, the tables have turned and the Marlins are two games under the .500 mark with a 67-69 record. 11 games out of first place in the NL East is too far of a goal to reach at this point, but 5.5 games is not too farfetched to believe Miami could sneak in and grab a Wild Card spot.
The month of September is very important for a number of reasons. Miami is actually playing meaningful games down the stretch, the younger crop of prospects get to prove themselves in the big leagues, and a good month would bring the fans hope for next season when everyone does get healthy.
The Marlins clearly have a lot of work to do this month to be considered a playoff team. They have two series each against the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies, and a couple of key series against their divisional foes as well. A tough Marlins team could sneak in with a few series victories along the way.
Whether they end up succeeding or not, this Marlins team is going to be real fun to watch in the final month of the season.