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Wednesday Morning Quarterback: 2nd Place Woes
Jun 18th, 2008 by Dan

You’ve probably heard the saying that hindsight is 20/20 on Monday morning, so just imagine how well I can call ’em two days later on Wednesday. That’s right, it’s time for Wednesday Morning Quarterback, your weekly sports round-up.

Once Florida managed to turn their rough road trip around and take two of three from Philadelphia, we got ourselves tripped up by the stellar Tampa Bay Rays, taking only one win out of the three in that series. Now our hopes of landing in first place lie solely in our ability to trounce the MLB’s worst team, the Seattle Mariners, while the Phillies hopefully lose to one of the best, the Boston Red Sox.

Monday’s game worked properly for the Marlins with a 6-1 win over Seattle, but Philadelphia’s 8-2 drumming of the Red Sox isn’t helping things any. Unfortunately for the Fish, the schedule jumps from relatively easy to unbelievably difficult in a few very short days. Our next opponents are the underrated, yet strong Oakland Athletics, another series (this time at home) against the very good Tampa Bay Rays, followed by our last series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Baseball being the unpredictable game that it is, we could see the Marlins stay very strong against all of these teams, but we’ll see what happens for the squad on yet another tough group of series.

I should also mention that Andrew Miller is finally turning in some high-quality performances. The past two games he’s pitched he’s allowed only two runs and gone for seven innings both games. Perhaps he might turn into a great pitcher after all…

Other notable baseball news from the past week include the firing of Mets manager Willie Randolph along with two other members of his coaching staff. This is most definitely due to the Mets being tied for third place (of five) in their division and an epic 6.5 games back from the Phillies. The Mets are a high-salaried team and I know that management was expecting a LOT more from the team this year. As NL East rivals, I can’t hope for too much good to come their way, but let’s hope some luck heads their way with the new internal shakeups.

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