Back on April 28, I wrote a blog post about how my two World Series picks looked kind of shaky.
The Angels looked bad and the Marlins were flopping on the deck.
They finished April losing 8 of 9, had the Ozzie Guillen/Fidel Castro lunacy and the excitement seemed to have died off for the new ballpark.
It may be entertaining for the Showtime series being made about the Marlins, but it looked like they were going to be a bust.
I had stayed up late to watch a few Miami games recently. I saw the end of an extra inning game between the Giants and Marlins and another between the Padres and Marlins.
Both were ugly games for Miami. Heath Bell imploded on May 2 and the Giants rallied to tie the game and send into extra innings.
And last night, Bell was even worse and the Padres came back to tie it.
Both times the home crowd went nuts and Miami seemed crushed.
But an interesting thing happened in both of those games.
The Marlins won. The other team NEVER got that final hit.
The Giants had the winning run at second with one out and stranded him.
Last night the Marlins jumped out to a 5-0 first inning lead and blew it. They took another lead into the 9th, but Heath Bell lost it and San Diego had the winning run on second with nobody out and on third with one out.
And in the 11th, San Diego had a runner on second with one out but couldn’t score.
Both times the Marlins won.
In fact in 4 of the last 5 games, the Marlins had a chance to lose the game. A bases loaded double play by Buster Posey in the 8th inning of the May 1 game prevented the Giants from winning. Two days later, the Marlins won even though the Giants put the winning run at the plate.
A bounce here and there and the Marlins would have lost 12 of 13 games.
In fact, and I didn’t realize this until a second, but the Marlins are on a 5 game winning streak.
I have no recollection of a winning streak this long where the team SEEMS like they are losing.
Maybe this is why my pick of the Marlins seems like a smart one.
They will eventually get hot. Mark Buehrle pitched a desperately needed complete game to save the bullpen.
If they can win like this when they are NOT feeling good, imagine when they actually get into a groove.
Either way, Showtime is following the correct team this year!