Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Coming into the week, the Fish were riding high, sitting at 11-1 on a seven-game winning streak. Then they ran into the Buzzsaw That is the Pittsburgh Pirates. After averaging 6.4 runs/game over the first 12 games, the Marlins scored six during the entire three-game series with the Pirates, losing every game. Despite the fact that the Pirates have been perhaps the worst franchise in the National League over the past 15 years, the Marlins could not muster a single win against them. Expect the media to jump off the Marlins Bandwagon immediately.
But before we get out of control, let's all take a deep breath and calm down for a moment. The Marlins always seem to be getting swept in Pittsburgh (perhaps there is a Jim Leyland or Bobby Bonilla-related curse?). And really, it's a long season, so the team will get cold a few times. Perhaps the Fish are still feeling the effects from Monday's holiday? Hopefully, the day off tomorrow will allow the Fish to recalibrate their faulty bats in time for a home series against the Phillies.