Give Greg Dobbs credit. He has already looked like an acquisition that has paid off for the Marlins through the first 8 games of the season.
Brought in to be a bench player extraordinaire, much like Wes Helms, Dobbs filled in at 3rd base for the first time this season with his new team, the Marlins. Dobbs, who was a part of those Phillies World Series teams in 2008 and 2009, likes what he sees from this team so far.
“Being able to come from behind like that shows the heart of this team and you have to have that if you’re going to get into October and get to the World Series,” he said.
Now, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. It is a long way to October and not even a tenth of the games have been played yet. Still, the Fish are showing their characteristic fight early in the season and it looks to be something to expect more of this season than in recent seasons. One of the reasons is that this team is going to be putting the ball in play more. Acquiring Omar Infante for Dan Uggla was essentially an admission that this team is not going to win games by playing the long ball but instead, opting for better defense and timely hitting.
With Hanley Ramirez out temporarily, this team is going to have to step up in all aspects of its game to make up for the loss.
The Marlins will go for their first chance at a sweep this season by taking on the Astros at 2:05pm this afternoon.