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The Miami Marlins Are on Fire!

Marlins pitcher Anibal Sanchez during Thursday’s victory over the Huston Astros
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If you have been living under a rock for the past two weeks here is a message for you,  the Miami Marlins are on fire!  The Marlins have won 9 of there last 10 games.  They just came off of their best road trip ever taking 8 of 9 games during the trip. First sweeping the Giants in San Francisco, followed by a sweep of the Padres in San Diego and finishing the road trip taking 2 of 3 games from the Huston Astros.  The road trip was the best in franchise history.

The pitching of Carlos Zambrano is probably one of the most surprising things to have happened for the team in the past 2 weeks.  Zambrano recorded a complete game win earlier this week against the Astros.  Many expected him to fall apart this year and pitch poorly based on his past in Chicago playing for the Cubs.  He is showing all of the critics that he still has it and is here to stay.

Their other pitching stud Anibal Sanchez continued his winning ways picking up his 4th win on the road trip.  He pitched a total of 14 innings with 13 strikeouts.  Sanchez leads the team in strikeouts with 46 for the season.  He has really blossomed over the years into a big time pitcher and he is still highly underrated.

On the offensive side of the ball the Marlins have come alive.  Giancarlo Stanton snapped out of his funk blasting 5 home runs and bringing in 8 RBI’s on the road trip.   Second baseman Omar Infante proved very valuable with 10 hits, 1 home run and 8 RBI’s.  Infante is currently batting .342 for the season and does not seem to be slowing down any time soon.  The offense was bright and really picked up the optimism of Marlins Nation.

The Marlins defeated the New York Mets on Friday at home by of score of 6-5.  The Fish have been dominating most of the games they have played this past two weeks.  The other games where they didn’t squash their opponents they have come back to win in the late innings.

The Marlins are going into their Saturday game against the Mets holding a record of 17 wins and 15 losses.  They are only 3 games back from first place in the NL East.  The lead in the NL East is currently held by the Washington Nationals and the Atlanta Braves.  That spot could be held by the fish in about a week if they keep up their superb play up.

The team started the season with a rocky first month.  They finished the month of April with an under .500 win percentage.  They received little production from power hitter Giancarlo Stanton,  which was a huge and disappointing surprise.   Their big time free agent Heath Bell was not pitching well from the closing spot and blowing games.  Jose Reyes also had his problem in the form of getting hits. Things did not look great after the first month of baseball.

A new month brought new hope and a chance for redemption.  And boy have the Marlins taken advantage of the restart in the form of a long road trip.  I think this is the team that we were meant to see, and will continue to see for the rest of the season.  They are finally heading places and the fans are getting excited about their prospects of winning.  The goal for this season is taking the NL East crown for the first time in franchise history and surging through the playoff en route to their 3rd World Series title.  The season is long and things could change, but I have confidence that what has happened in the last 2 weeks we will be seeing more of deep into the season.  So there is only one thing to be said “NL East watch out the Fish are coming”.

The NBA Needs to Shorten It’s Playoffs

The NBA Playoffs began 2 weeks ago. We still have another month and a half before we see who will be crowned the 2011-2012 NBA Champions. The Playoffs last 2 months in total every year. I think the system could use some tweeking to make it less exhausting on the players and the fans.

In 2003 the NBA took what was already a long playoff season and made it longer. The first round series became a best of 7 games match up. The first round was previously only a best of 5 game series. It increased the length of the first round and over all playoff season. A disadvantage was made for the top seaded teams that could sweep their opponent and have to wait up to 2 weeks before their next series started. The down time that could occure could and has hurt many teams by causing them to lose momentum.

The biggest problem the current system has is the tv coverage and how it affects the playoffs. Because the NBA relies heavily on tv contracts and ratings the series tend to go longer than they should. A typical 7 game series can go almost 2 weeks, which is completely ridiculous. The way the best of 7 series breaks down is 2 games in one city, 3 in the other city and finishing the final 2 games back in the first city. One would think that you could play each of those segments back to back each night and then have a day off for travel then play the next group of games in consecutive nights. But what the NBA does because they have to be in prime time and not have games compete with each other for viewers, is spread the games out. So even though two teams are playing in the same city for 2 games they may have 1 or 2 nights off in between. That is stupid, it is a complete waste of time.

Basically you have the playoffs burning out fans, and I think it takes away from some of the excitement. The NBA needs to fix this situation and I am sure the fans would be happier for it. But for now the NBA will continue to be more concerned with tv money and ratings than their fans.