Miami Marlins at Philadelphia Phillies
Will It Be April Showers or May Flowers?
It’s no secret that the Miami Marlins have struggled mightily against their division in seasons past, with the disaster of 2016 being the most glaring and recent in a long line of examples.
However, so far in 2017, the Fish are 6-5 against the NL East. The club has dominated the Mets, held serve against the Braves, and done about what was expected of them in losing a closely contested road series to the Nationals.
The Phills are the wild-card of the deck, and the way this series plays out could go a long way towards determining how this season plays out.
Apologies if it seems a tired theme in many of these previews so far. But, that record against the division, especially Least of the East Atlanta and Philadelphia, doomed us last year.
So there really is a lot riding mentally here. Win the series, and the Marlins can carry an 8-6 mark on-wards into May. Even just winning a game ensures a .500 mark, though it re-conjures all of the 2016 ghosts of failing against lesser opponents.
Get swept….and Don Mattingly will be picking up the pieces of shattered psyche for weeks.