The Miami Marlins will look to see if they can keep things rolling against a team that has been rolling since Opening Day.
The Angels might have had Mike Trout, but were only a .500 team when they hit Marlins Park. The Phillies showed up as something significantly less than a .500 team. But this evening, the Miami Marlins start a four-game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks, a club essentially tied for the title of second best team in all of baseball.
Yea, this is going be tougher sledding for the Fish.
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Offense will be the big theme of this series, one which is probably one of the surprise mismatches of the 2017 season. Based on last year’s performance, the Fish entered the year as the better team. Miami went 4-2 against Arizona last season. (The only two losses naturally being the two games I attended in Phoenix). In fact, Miami outright swept them at Marlins Park. However, this season has seen everything go right for the Diamondbacks, while the Marlins have had just about everything go wrong. Even if you account for the loss of Jose Fernandez and the return of A.J. Pollock, the respective 2017 fortunes of Miami and Arizona have definitely come as a surprise to the league.
Of course, the way they have been hitting, the Marlins might be able to hang with anyone.
The tale of the past week is a substantially different from the one told during the rest of May, and there’s just as much reason to hope for a thrilling series as there is to fear a long weekend. So without further ado, here are your three stories to watch. From the clicking bats of the Marlins, to a showdown of scorching first basemen, to the fate of a fragile slugger, we’ve got you covered.
Let’s dive in.