The 2003 Marlins made the third-fewest errors in the majors and won the World Series. But they lost their season opener, with errors being charged to Luis Castillo, Mike Lowell and Alex Gonzalez — all outstanding fielders.
Then there were the 1998 Marlins.
They won their season opener before losing their next 11 and finishing with a franchise-record 108 losses.
All of which goes to show Opening Day outcomes can be a poor gauge of the 161 games to follow.
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“I don’t know if there’s ever been a team where I sat back on the second-to-the-last day of the season and went, ‘Man, if things would have just gone differently on Opening Day, we would have been in a better situation,’ ” manager Mike Redmond said.
Redmond’s comments came one day after the Marlins made one mistake after another in a 2-1 loss to the Braves.
“That wasn’t us,” Redmond said. “And I chalked it up to just being a little bit nervous, and I look for us to be much more relaxed going forward now.”
It rained yet again with the roof open on Tuesday.
But this time, it was a light shower during batting practice, not a steady rain during game action as was the case Monday.
Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria said he would like to see as many games as possible played with the roof open, weather permitting.
“We always like to see the roof open when playing conditions call for it,” Loria said. “Fan comfort is No.1 [priority].”
Last season, the Marlins played 10 of their 81 home games with the roof open.
“We’ll have it open in October, don’t worry about it,” Loria said, referring optimistically to postseason play.
For the fourth time in his career, Mike Dunn struck out all three batters he faced in Monday’s relief outing. With three left-handed hitters due up for Atlanta in the eighth, Dunn was brought in and whiffed all three on 15 pitches, 10 of them for strikes.
“I just try to shoot for the clean inning,” Dunn said. “Three hitters, I don’t care how I get ‘em.”
▪ Wednesday: Marlins RHP Tom Koehler vs. Atlanta Braves RHP Shelby Miller, 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.
▪ Thursday: Off day.
▪ Friday: Marlins RHP Dan Haren vs. Tampa Bay Rays TBA, 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.