It’s been a weird season in the National League East. It started out with the Mets and Braves pushing out and basically turning the thing into an early two team race. Now both the Braves and Mets are ice cold and the Phillies and Marlins have made moves. So even though the Marlins sit three games below .500 and in fourth place, they’re just 4 1/2 games out and definitely back in contention.
Weight jokes aside, Miguel Cabrera should be on a short list of MVP candidates with his season so far. He has a .994 OPS and he’s pretty much on pace for a season like he had in 2006. He’s striking out a bit more but he also has a solid chance at 40 homeruns for the first time.
Dontrelle Willis came out of the game and gave everyone a scare. This is on top of Anibal Sanchez have exploratory surgery on his shoulder so the Marlins rotation is thinning out quick. And it’s particularly rough when your team ERA leader has only a 4.89 ERA and the Marlins team WHIP is the worst in the National League (1.53).
Things won’t be easy this weekend either because a tough Twins team rolls into town. Sunday’s pitching matchup should be fun with Dontrelle Willis taking on Johan Santana. Hopefully the day off today will help everybody out and the Marlins can take this series before the Pirates roll into town.
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