We’re 3/5 of the way through the 2009 Inter-league baseball season and I thought I’d offer up a little status report on how the Florida Marlins have taken on the mighty American League East.
Series 1 – Toronto Blue Jays – The Marlins managed the ‘rare, road sweep’ of the one-time unbeatable Blue Jays. While scoring runs in bunches, the team was able to get early leads and never look back. While the bullpen was a little shaky, the starting rotation did well and the offense provided the support it needed to in order to capture 3 wins.
Series 2 – Boston Red Sox – ‘The Fish’ ended up this series with a 1-2 record. At times, the team looked completely over-matched by Boston’s starting pitching. Had it not been for a rain-shortened game, they could have been swept by the AL East leaders. In 3 games the team managed to score just 5 runs against the more dominant pitching staff.
Series 3 – New York Yankees – The Marlins managed to win the series with a 2-1 record. The attendance for this series was the highest the Marlins have had all season, while the Yankees sat A-Rod for 2 of the 3 games in Miami. The Marlins starting pitching looked pretty good while the Yankees struggled at times.
So far, so good. The team has a day off today before they conclude inter-league play against the Orioles and Rays. With a 6-3 record while battling against the top 3 teams in the division, I would say that the Marlins have done more than held their own during this annual competition against the ‘other’ league. Who knows, if we’re still playing in the fall that could be an extreme confidence booster for this very young team!!!