Monday, April 13, 2009

The Florida Marlins are 5-1, Prepare the Bandwagon.

That's right, one week into the season and the Florida Marlins are tied for the best record in the majors at 5-1 (the Braves are also 5-1). Obviously, the two are also tied for first in the NL East.

Opening week for the Marlins was within the (sometimes) friendly confines of Dolphin Stadium (home games against the Mets sometimes feel like away games with the number of Mets fans in attendance).

However, the next nine games, and 16 of their next 19 are on the road, with the lone home series coming against defending World Series champion Philadelphia.

How the young Marlins fare during this next stretch will tell a lot about the team and their chances as the season progresses. Though, admittedly, two of the next three series are against the Nationals (winless) and the Pirates (they're the Pirates...).

But as of now, led by strong starting pitching (and Josh Johnson's 2-0 record with a .57 ERA and 15 Ks), timely hitting (Bonifacio is batting .500 in the leadoff spot, Hanley Ramirez, Dan Uggla and Jorge Cantu all have 2 home runs), and a little bit of luck (two unearned runs against Johan Santana on Sunday, which resulted in a win), the Marlins are in first place, and making me look brilliant for picking them in the playoffs (knocks on wood).

It also has fair-weather fans who are ready to purchase a piece of Marlins merchandise and hop on the bandwagon.