This is it, and does it get any better?
Well, yeah, Game 7 of the World Series, sure. Been there done that, right Marlins fans? 1997? Well, this series with the Phillies could define our season. It could be our playoffs. With a sweep, we can stay alive as the season winds down here in 2008. Lose the series, either only winning one game or less, and it is bye bye October.
For the Marlins to play baseball in the fall, they will need to avoid falling here and take it to their division rivals, the Philadelphia Phillies. No brotherly love here, either. By beating the Phillies the Marlins gain extra ground, making up whole games at a time against the current NL East leaders. In contrast, losing means double jeopardy as the Marlins would fall back a game.
Right now, the Marlins are 5.5 games in back of the Phillies for the NL East title. A loss tonight would propel them back to 6.5 – but a win…4.5 back. And still 2 more games left plus a slated matchup with the Mets on the horizon.
The Marlins have 10 games to build on something they have been doing all season – exceeding expectations. They have been picked to be among the worst teams in baseball – which goes to show you how closely the talking heads really follow their own sport. So, no matter what, this season is a success although I would like to see the Fish finish over .500.
But why not? Why not go for the glory? Is there any franchise more threatening in the post season than the Marlins? Every time they have snuck in under the radar and won the whole darned thing. Why not try it again? Why can’t we be this year’s Rockies? Are we really to believe that the Mets and Phillies are iron-clad locks to finish the season atop the NL East? No one is at this moment, as the Mets showed signs of choking but the Phillies are the 2nd hottest team in baseball right now with a 7 game win streak.
Whose the hottest? Your Florida Marlins – with an 8 game binge. The only question is, will it be hot enough? Tonight, something has to give.