The Miami Marlins came into Saturday nights game against the Cincinnati Reds, off of two loses to start the season. There was question of where the offensive power and speed that the team has been built to have was. It showed up Saturday against the Reds in a 8-3 victory.
The club received three home runs from Omar Infante, Hanley Ramirez and John Buck. The starting pitching for the Marlins has been tremendous, but Ricky Nolasco was the first of the starting pitchers to win a game for the ball club so far. The Reds offense was alive but not as much as the Marlins. The Reds Zack Cozart had a triple and hit a homer in the teams loosing effort.
It was nice to see the Marlins get their first win this season. This should be a season to remember with the new ballpark, new manager and high paid free agents. The NL East is tougher than ever this year. The Phillies will still be bringing great pitching and offense. The Braves have staying power to be in the division race going into September. The Nationals have the makings of a strong team possibly the best they have fielded since their inception. But the Mets will probably stay in the cellar even though David Wright should have another All Star season. I still have the beief that the Marlins can take the division for the first time in franchise history.
The Marlins will be taking on the Reds in the final game of the series on Sunday. The Reds will be sending Bronson Arroyo to the mound and the Marlins will be sending Carlos Zambrano. It will be interesting to see how Zambrano will do this season and if he can keep from going insane like he has the past few seasons with the Cubs. Ozzie Guillen has stated during Spring Training that he will be able to control Zambrano which made many people laugh. Sundays game starts at 1pm and should be as exciting as Saturdays game.