The Leprechauns of MLB struck again. The Atlanta Braves rolled into town with an 0-9 record. Marlins fans couldn’t help but laugh a bit at the reversal of fortunes at the start of the season.
Then, three days later, the Braves left down laughing.
Sure, the Marlins are not as bad as this. They are not a team that should lose three games straight to anyone, let alone a team that had a hard time putting the ball into play before arriving in humid south Florida. The Marlins upgraded their coaching staff which will continue to reform this clubhouse culture. That said, they are still the same young team they were a year ago, prone to the same mistakes.
Right now, the starters are not getting results. They have a 5.47 ERA and are not getting past the 5th inning on most nights. The bullpen has a 3.27 ERA, one of the best in baseball, but they are putting in a lot of innings picking up the starters. This is a recipe for disaster and it is up to Juan Nieves to get things right.
Meanwhile, the Marlins hitters are raking with a 4th best .278 team batting average. They look more poised, more confident with Barry Bonds joining Frank Menechino on the bench. Things look up, but it may take a while to see the results. In the meantime, the Braves will continue to troll the Fish.