MIAMI, Fla.–Opening Day is less than a week away for the Miami Marlins and a lot of people don’t know if the team is ready for what is predicted to be in their near future. The first pitch of the Marlins season will be thrown next Monday, April 3rd. Marlins fans hope that their team can find a way to pull it all together in the next few days before that first pitch is thrown.
The Marlins have struggled through most of the preseason and after taking a look at the first week of their regular season schedule, critics are skeptical that it won’t get much better. The opening week consists of six away games in seven days, where the Marlins will play two very good teams. Their first matchup against the big bats of the Washington Nationals will take place at National’s Park. The pitching matchup for that game is out and looks to be a challenging one for the Marlins. The Marlins will be starting Edinson Volquez, who had a rough 2016 season with an ERA of 5.37. For the Marlins to get a win in Washington, it is going to take great pitching because it’s no secret that the Nationals have a very explosive offense, led by one of the best in the MLB, Bryce Harper. Harper has been killing it for the Nationals during Spring Training, registering a batting average of .308 and leading the Spring League with eight home runs. If the Marlins pitchers can figure him out and slow him down, it might provide their pitchers a much needed mental boost.
Immediately following the Nationals game, the Marlins will travel to New York to play a great pitching team in the New York Mets. So, an upset over the Nationals on Opening Day would supply some momentum going into their second game. An unexpected victory in New York would give them two wins that most people would have thought to be impossible.