Prior to the seasons start, many “prognosticators” along with yours truly felt the real “X” factors that would determine the fate for this years Florida team would be the starting pitching and defense. The offensive attack supplied by the likes of Hanley Ramirez, Dan Uggla, Jorge Cantu and others were looked at as the teams strength and as an offense that had the potential to lead the league in many categories. To this date it has flourished at times but for the most part has been inconsistent, underacheiving and sometimes down right ugly. After Sundays loss to the Colorado Rockies which sent Florida to their 2nd consecutive losing series, Manager Fredi Gonzalez admitted his offense had yet to click, but he also felt it was only a matter of time before it did. And when it does, Gonzalez added, “Be careful.”
Coming into Monday nights series opener versus the N.L. West leading San Diego Padres, the Marlins sported the National Leagues 7th best run total. A very disappointing rank for a team who had tremendous promise entering the 2010 campaign. By games end they had escalated to a more respectable 5th.
The Marlins exploded for 9 runs over the first four innings which included Hanley Ramirez’s 2nd homer of the season and Dan Uggla’s 5th. They surged the Marlins offense to a 10-1 route over the Padres who came in as the leagues hottest team sporting an 8 game winning streak. When things are clicking for this team, they really click. In addition to ace Josh Johnson firing a complete game allowing only 1 run, 3 hits and striking out 12, the 6’7″ hurler also collected 3 hits in 4 trips to the plate and knocking in 3 runs himself. The Marlins chased local product Mat Latos after just 2 2/3 innings, touching him for seven runs on seven hits.
This seems to be a very confusing and frustrating team so far, but hey lets face it…..that can be said for most of the teams in the National League in 2010 with the exception of maybe the Phillies and Cardinals. The Marlins are hoping this could be the coming out party the offense has been waiting for. The team currently sits in 2nd place still at 11-9, benefiting from a mediocre division.
About the Author
Written by Keith Kobler
Keith was born and raised in New York. He is a life long New York Mets fan and has felt the many highs and lows associated with that. He currently works in the Advertising Media Sales Industry and in his spare time writes comedy and free lance articles and blogs.