The Los Angeles Dodgers have the most wins in baseball and have been the best team in the majors all season long.
So, it’s not much of a surprise to see them steaming through August with wins in 10 of their past 12 games.
Sitting right next to the Dodgers as baseball’s hottest team may come as a bit of a surprise.
The Miami Marlins — yes, our Marlins — have quietly been mowing down opponents and moving up in the NL Wild Card standings.
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After sweeping the host Phillies in a doubleheader on Tuesday, Miami has been victorious in nine of its past 11 games.
Tuesday night’s 7-4 victory in Philadelphia pulled Miami back to the .500 mark at 62-62; the Marlins had not been at .500 since they started the year off 10-10.
“Five-hundred doesn't really get you anything,” outfielder Christian Yelich told reporters as reported by MLB.com.
“It's a long way from where we started a few months ago, but we haven't really been checking the standings, checking the records. It's been the mentality of the last few months of just win tonight, or win today.”
Well, if Yelich and the Fish really aren’t checking the standings (they are), here is what’s happening: With the wins have come gains in the postseason real estate market.
Miami is currently within 5 1/2 games of Colorado for the final wild card slot in the National League with 38 games left.
The Marlins have two more games left in this four-game set with the last-place Phillies before they come home to Little Havana for a three-game series against the Padres (56-69, fourth place in the NL West).
Of Miami’s remaining 12 series (counting the current one), Miami will square off against teams in postseason contention in five of them — including the Washington Nationals twice.
The Marlins, who have nine games left against the Phillies, have a home-and-home set remainining against the division-leading Nationals before three huge series in September.
Miami will have plenty of opportunities to make up ground in the wild card race in the final month as the Marlins square off against the visiting Milwaukee Brewers and visit both the Arizona Diamondbacks (Sept. 22-24) and Colorado Rockies (Sept. 25-27) before coming home to conclude the regular season with a four-game stand against Atlanta.
Arizona and Colorado currently hold the two NL Wild Card spots with Milwaukee three games behind.
Miami would also have to jump St. Louis — a team in which the Marlins have concluded their season series with.
Miami continues its four-game set in Philadelphia tonight at 7 (FSFL).