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Marlins-Mets-Marquee Match Up

Posted By Keith Kobler On May 13 2010 @ 4:11 pm In Florida Marlins | 1 Comment

Yours truly is back and better then ever after a short hiatus.

Thursday evening,  the Marlins and Mets hook up for the first of a four game series and oh boy is it a dandy of a pitching pairing. In a repeat of their Opening Day match up, staff aces Josh Johnson takes the hill for Florida against New York’s best, Johan Santana. Back on Opening Day, the ballyhooed match up hardly lived up to the bill as the Mets finally had their way with Josh Johnson for the first time in the young hurlers career and dominated the game in a convincing 7-1 Mets victory.

Johnson will try to lead the Fish out of the cellar in the National League East as they currently reside in a tie at the bottom with the Atlanta Braves. With high expectations coming into the season, the Marlins have thus far been very average and even a little below average as their 16-18 record would indicate. The pitching staff which was the key question mark coming out of spring training has been solid but nothing special. Four out of Florida’s five starting pitchers lead the team with 3 wins including Johnson.

Good news for all those fans who DON’T believe in such a thing as the “Sophomore Jinx”. Chris Coghlan, last year’s National League Rookie of the Year, is slowly beginning to pick up his game. Florida’s left fielder hit just .125 (7-for-57) in his first 13 games, but he’s rebounded to hit .309 (17-for-55) over his last 16 games. Coghlan has just one extra-base hit in his first 30 games, but the Marlins have continued to slot him at the top of the order.

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