Summer's Here

The dog days of summer are beginning.

June 07, 2019 - 3:24 pm

The dog days of summer are beginning.

The Miami Dolphins ended OTA's on Thursday and we wont hear from them until late July when they get back on the practice field. Besides the draft and free agency, of which Miami is already over the salary cap, the Heat will make not make much noise this offseason. And fans won't be fooled by offseason moves made by the Florida Panthers until they start winning games in March and April of next season.

That leaves us with the Marlins: The worst team in the National League and yet the hottest team in baseball.

After a seven game losing streak that dropped Miami to 10-31 the Marlins have won 12 of their past 20 games, and had outscored Milwaukee a combined 24-3 in the first two games before losing Thursday's series finale against the Brewers.

The starting pitchers for Miami have been as stellar as advertised coming into the season. Through 60 games not one pitcher has missed a start.

The biggest surprise lately has come from the Marlins bats. Still worst in the league in several categories, Miami has seen their newest outfield call-ups in Harold Ramirez and Garrett Cooper lead the charge. Cooper had two hits and scored twice during Miami's franchise-record, 11-run fifth inning, leading the Marlins to a 16-0 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night. All nine starters for Miami, including pitcher Pablo Lopez, had at least one hit, run scored and a RBI in the game.

Miami has seen some outstanding defensive plays in the recent stretch as well. Harold Ramirez robbed Lorenzo Cain of a home-run, reaching into the stands. J.T. Riddle threw out former Marlin Christian Yelich trying to stretch out a single into a double. And Miguel Rojas had a diving play at shortstop Thursday that might be nominated as defensive play of the year in baseball.

Will the Marlins compete for a playoff spot? Probably not. But we're seeing a young team blossom right before our eyes. Hopefully we're watching some of the stars the Marlins hope will lead the franchise into the future. Besides, what else do we have to watch this summer?

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