STAT OF THE DAY (JUNE 14 vs. PIT)
Despite last night’s heart-breaking 13-inning loss to Pittsburgh, that sound the Marlins hear could be opportunity knocking.
A game out of first place in the NL East, the club’s schedule between now and the All-Star break would seemingly provide a golden opportunity for a strong finish to the first half.
Beginning with last night’s game against the Pirates, 16 of the Marlins’ 29 games leading into the All-Star break will be at Marlins Park where, at 22-12, they’ve enjoyed one of the top home-field advantages in the majors so far in 2014.
Beyond that, 23 of the 29 games are against sub-.500 teams, and 20 of the 29 are against teams that entered play last night either last or tied for last in their divisions.
On this homestand, the Marlins play 3 against the Pirates, 3 against the Cubs and 4 against the Mets before a 4-game trip to Philadelphia. The Marlins then return home for 3 against the AL West-leading Athletics before 3 more vs. Philadelphia. The first half concludes with a 9-game trip to St. Louis, Arizona and New York.
Of the 9 series, the Marlins play between now and the All-Star break, only 2—against the Athletics and Cardinals—come against teams that currently have winning records.
Having an opportunity to surge and taking advantage are two separate matters, but the fact is the Marlins’ next month lines up very favorably from a schedule standpoint.
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