The Marlins completed their home opening series against the Phillies with a 6-4 win over division rival Philadelphia.
Scott Olsen gets his 2nd win, and Mike Jacobs launched his 2nd home run of the season; both players helping the Marlins stake their claim as the new power in the NL East.
Ok, it’s early, but there really isn’t any reason to deny the possibility that the Marlins could take the division. In fact, any team you put forward for the division title has flaws, so why not the Marlins?
Interestingly, the reliever position has been the most beleaguered part of the team. Julio’s blow up cost the Marlins the series sweep against the Nationals, while Nolasco’s tune up on Friday pretty much cost the Marlins their home opener.
And Julio’s latest implosion today against the Phillies is something to watch. Lee Gardner came in and cleaned up Julio’s bases-loaded mess and got the first save for the team this season. “Wholio” still has yet to earn his first save for the Marlins. Yet, the reason why this situation will be something to watch is because Larry Beinfest brought Jorge Julio in to be the team’s closer, costing the Marlins Yusmeiro Petit and some cash. If Julio’s control continues to diminish, and his command on his pitches as well, the Marlins will be looking for another closer and it seems the answer, short term, is Lee Gardner. Let’s hope this will not cause another rift in the organization between front office and management. Stay tuned.