The Marlins have hit the ground running here at the start of the second half. The Fish have won 5 of the first 7 games since the All-Star Break. They took 2 of 3 over the weekend in St. Louis, and they continued to see success in Philly. The Fish took 3 of 4 from the Phillies this week, with a few late inning rallies coming to their aid. The first 2 games of the series went into extra innings, but the Marlins were able to come through with wins.
The run the Fish have been on has shown what a team can do when all players contribute. Christian Yelich had a nice series, including a homer and game-winning RBI in Tuesday’s game. Ichiro collected a few hits, creeping closer to 3,000. He is now just 4 shy of making history. Jose Fernandez pitched a great game on Tuesday, where he recorded his 500th career strikeout. Tom Koehler put on a show to end the series matchup. He went eight innings, and allowed just 2 hits and 1 earned run.
The Fish look to stay hot as they travel back home to Miami, where they will face their NL East rival, the New York Mets. This series has potential to be key for Miami; with a few wins against the Mets, they can look to distance themselves from the pack and chase the Nationals for first place. The Marlins will need all hands on deck to pull out a couple of wins this weekend. And maybe, just maybe, Ichiro will add some history to what is set to be an exciting series at Marlins Park.