As readers noted in last night’s comments, it may be time to start paying attention to the upstart Marlins, who handed Brandon Webb his first loss of the season yesterday.
Ricky Nolasco allowed one run in seven innings to help lift the Marlins to a 3-1 victory over the Diamondbacks yesterday. Florida's Andrew Miller, who has pitched well lately, and Arizona's Dan Haren pitch Game 3 tonight in Miami. The Fish, led by red-hot second baseman Dan Uggla (.323/.402/.695) hold a 1.5 game lead over the Braves and Phillies, with the Braves winning four in a row after thrashing the Mets 11-4. Jeff Francoeur, mired in a power slump, homered and drove in four in a winning cause. Rookie Jair Jurrjens allowed one run over seven frames against a lethargic Mets' lineup. Moises Alou left the game with a strained calf and will undergo an MRI. New York has lost three straight to fall to .500, with manager Willie Randolph feeling the heat. Meanwhile, Carlos Beltran has gone deep just three times all season.
Beerleaguer: Florida has been forever dangerous. The combination of a pressure-free environment, receiving quality talent in their salary dumps and scouting well has kept the cycle going. They're on the rise and have completed their latest fire sale phase. They may not have all the parts to see it through, but they're in great shape to make some noise very soon.