MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A year after going 0-4 in the opening series of the year, the Miami Marlins are red hot winning three of four from the Colorado Rockies heading into the second series against the San Diego Padres.
The Marlins are being led once again by a strong young pitching corps, but unlike last year, the batting order is also putting up some solid offensive numbers.
Take Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton for example. Stanton struggled mightily through the first month of the 2013 season, but that can’t be said for the 2014 season.
Through the first four games of the year, Stanton has a hitting line of .375/.444/.688. He’s already hit a moon-shot home run and driven in seven runs on the young season.
Believe it or not, even though Stanton is off to a great start, he’s not leading the team in RBI’s. Third baseman Casey McGehee has that honor with 8 RBI’s on the season and a .462/.588/.846 hitting line through four games.
The best part for Marlins fans is the team is generating runs and winning in a variety of ways. Thursday, the Fish were down 5-3 late in the game and rallied to beat Colorado 8-5.
That kind of late inning heroics is not something the team has been known for the last few years.
According to Elias Sports Bureau, via CBS4 news partner the Miami Herald, the Marlins had lost 113 previous games when trailing by multiple runs in the seventh inning or later dating back to July 4, 2012. Elias said the only other team in the last 25 years with that kind of record is the Tigers who lost 128 straight from 2002-2003.
While that streak was snapped, the Marlins hope a streak closer Steve Cishek is on doesn’t end anytime soon.
Cishek has converted 31 straight save opportunities, which is great. But, according to MLB Stats, Cishek hasn’t been charged with a run during the 31 straight saves.