As the non waiver trade deadline approaches this week, the Miami Marlins are probably in the worst position possible – undecided as to whether they are sellers or buyers. This weekend’s 3 game sweep of the Astros, the worst team in baseball, may have inspired false hope that the Fish can get back into the Wild Card race. On the other hand, the team has won seven of their last eight which could point to their finally coming together and being on the verge of an extended winning stretch. This week’s series against the first place Washington Nationals now seems pivotal and decisions on trades will need to be made based on as little as the result of just one game this series.
The Miami Marlins have won four games in a row, six of their last seven, and have climbed back into range of a .500 record. This, naturally, has gained them a small amount of games in the Wild Card and NL East division races. Having made that ground, Miami now has a chance to actually close in on a competitor in the NL East, as they have the Washington Nationals in town for a three-game set at Marlins Park. With another impressive sweep, Miami could be as close as within four games of the division lead and could gain a game or two on the Wild Card picture as well.
Baseball is a game of instinct, and during Saturday’s Astros-Marlins matchup, two separate Miami players showed off some pretty quick wits.
Things got ugly during Friday’s Double-A Southern League between Jacksonville and Birmingham. Dugouts emptied multiple times after Suns’ right-hander Matt Ramsey gave up an RBI-base hit. Ramsey went to back up the plate and took offense when Barons’ third baseman Jeremy Farrell bumped into him after scoring. Ramsey started walking toward the Birmingham dugout and the two teams converged.
Here at Marlin Maniac:
The Miami Marlins have reconsidered their stance as the trade deadline nears, as their recent success has the front office now considering becoming buyers.
The Miami Marlins have played well of late, winning six of their seven games on their road trip. The strong showing in Atlanta and Houston put the Marlins at 50-53, 7.5 games behind the division leading Washington Nationals for first in the NL East race.
The Marlins have a game on Sunday and you know what that means. Welcome to this week’s edition of The Good, The Streak, and The Sweep Marlins recap. As always here is the quick recap- The Good: Marlins win; The Streak: Jacob Turner picks up the win; and The Sweep: Marlins sweep the Astros. Now that the quick recap is over let’s jump into the game.
While the Miami Marlins were in the process of winning their 5th game in 6 games in the Major Leagues, their minor league affiliate Jackonville Suns experienced a ton of on-field excitement as well, but for the wrong reasons.
Taking three out of four games against the Atlanta Braves and beating the Houston Astros has the Miami Marlins feeling good on Saturday morning. In fact, the team is feeling so good at this point, they are not considering themselves buyers at the July 31st trade deadline.