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Was Freddi's Job Saved by Winning Streak?

Posted on: September 20, 2008 12:42 pm
Edited on: September 20, 2008 12:46 pm
We Bad News Bears! This was the motto of the 2007 Florida Marlins. Loss after loss piled up, mainly because of bad

pitching, which caused pitching coach Rick Kranitz to be let go, and they finished off the year with a 71-91 record.

Last place in the NL East, even behind the Washington Nationals.

So as anyone in their right mind would guess, the expectations coming into the 2008 season were pretty bad.

Some "experts" predicted 60 wins , some 70, but it didn't go any higher than that. The Marlins had the same

nucleus from the previous season, so there was no reason to believe that they were going to be any better.

What the experts failed to realize, though, was that this was a young roster,

and they were going to be 1 year older this year, so they would be more mature. The team also brought

in veteran leader Luis Gonzales

which helped in giving advice to the young players and by being a "clubhouse prescence".

The season started against division rivals New York Mets. Former NBA Player Mark Hendrickson was

 given the start, and the game did not go well for the Marlins. The Mets won easily.

But after that opening series, the Marlins started racking up a lot of wins, and finished

off May by leading the NL East by 1/2 game and with a 31-23 record. This was one of the

best starts in franchise history, and though

some "experts" were saying it was too early to tell if the Marlins were for real, expectations

 were rising and some fans started thinking playoffs. The Marlins spent the next 2 months battling

between 1st and 2nd in the division. And by the end of July, playoffs started looking like a reality.

But in the month of August, the Marlins started slumping, blowing leads, not scoring runs, and just

losing heartbreaker after heartbreaker. The Marlins went down to .500 for the first time in awhile,

and they were about 10 games back in their division, and even farther down in the Wild Card

race. Pressure was turning on manager Freddi Gonzales, and many people, including myself, thought that

he might be fired at the end of the season for the late season slump.

But you know? These are the Marlins! Anything could happen.

And in the middle of September, the Marlins started a short winning streak, about

3 games, something they hadn't been able to do in

awhile. And to help the cause, the teams they were trailing, the Mets and Brewers started slumping.

The Brewers even fired their manager Ned Yost.

Unexpectedly, the winning streak started getting stronger, and Marlins fans and players duddenly

started "scoreboard watching", and after their opponents kept losing, the Marlins are now 4.5 games

back in the wildcard race and 5 games back in the Division. But whatever happens, with this winning

streak, Freddi Gonzalez's job has probably been saved. He has brought excitement at this point

of the season for the first time since '05 when the Marlins were in the other end of a streak.

So unless Freddi Gonzales starts cursing at Jeffrey Loria from the end of the dugout, he will stay,

and hopefully bring a championship to Miami this season
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