While you were too busy watching the Phillies overtake the slumping Mets and too distracted by managerial firings and displaced Astros-Cubs series in Milwaukee and too bored as heck about the Dodgers finally putting the Diamondbacks in the rearview mirror, the Florida Marlins have gone and made themselves relevant again. Thanks to the pitching prowess of their starting rotation, the Fishies have won six straight, and now sit just five games behind the Wild Card leading Mets.
During the winning streak, Marlins starters are 4-0 with a 2.39 ERA, 29 hits (one homer), nine walks and 34 strikeouts in 37 2/3 innings. Opponents are 29 for their past 135 against them (.215). The rotation ERA is down to 4.76, the lowest it's been since May 22 (4.69).
A rotation with Scott Olsen, Ricky Nolasco, Josh Johnson, Chris Volstad and Anibal Sanchez may not sound dangerously delicious, but with Johnson and Sanchez making late debuts because of recovery from surgeries, their arms are fresh. Only Olsen and Nolasco have been starting all season-long. Florida has two series left with the Mets and Phillies so they may have a chance to Control Their Own Destiny. They'll need to leapfrog the Cardinals, Astros and Brewers to even have a chance to topple the Mets/Phillies cabal, but your job as a Walkoff Walk reader is to suspend disbelief and allow us to write crazy shit.
Ok nevermind, the Marlins are screwed. But hey, it's fun to imagine the thunderous fan support similar to the 2007 Rockies run being replicated in Miami!