After an offseason of fire sale trades and fan angst, the 2013 Miami Marlins will finally take the field Monday night for the team’s home opener against the Atlanta Braves.
While the Miami Marlins shed salary and gave up on at least the 2013 season, other teams in the National League East are trying to become contenders, namely the Atlanta Braves.
Juan Francisco homered and drove in three runs, helping the Atlanta Braves beat Miami 7-1 Wednesday after the downsizing Marlins jettisoned yet another star player by trading Hanley Ramirez to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Mark Buehrle has not had many outings like he did Tuesday night.
The Miami Marlins were the hottest team in Major League Baseball in May. But the Atlanta Braves threw a bucket of cold water on the Marlins ending with an 8-2 shellacking Thursday night.
Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen was more excited about Giancarlo Stanton’s glove than his bat.
The right fielder had the biggest hit of the game — a two-run homer, but what really impressed Guillen was his diving catch that saved at least two runs in Miami’s 8-4 win over Atlanta Wednesday night.