Marlins Back in Wild Card Race: It's Adeptember in Miami!

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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!

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If the Marlins and Brewers made the playoffs shutting out both the Mets and Phils... sigh. A dream to sweet to be real.

I forgot to use a famous Miami street name in the title.

It should read: "It's Adeptember on Collins Avenue!"

That Marlin looks like a Dragon. I'm guessing that Joe Maddon is going to enjoy managing the Portland Dragons in 2011.

Interesting that the '08 campaign for the Mets is being branded as another "collapse."
-The Phillies lead the division for all but 5 days from June 1-August 23.
-The largest lead that the Mets ever had was 3.5 games. The Phils had a 4-game lead of their own in June.

As a Phillies fan, I'll take all the Mets mockery that I can get, but perhaps we should just call it a deflation as opposed to an all-out collapse.

@Honeynut - or we can just agree that both teams choke like dogs, but just happen to play in the same division.

Its what happened once the Braves quit winning the division, the other teams didn't know what to do with themselves.

I second Honeynut. I've tried not to call it a collapse, but it's almost like a tic.

The chair recognizes the senator from Massachusetts. The resolution passes. Let us strike the word "collapse" from the sports blogtionary.

I don't know, "Fishtober" just doesn't have the good ring to it.

Chairman Honeynut: Please amend the record to note the Mets' lead isn't a 'collapse' or a 'recession' but merely a 'downturn'

Can we work out a grandfather clause for Alberto Callaspo?

From now on, the Mets' lead will be referred to as "predictably absent."

No, we can not. Agents have been dispatched to his residence. I hope his affairs are in order.

What if he changes his name? Maybe he could select something wacky and NFL-y.

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