It’s time for Wednesday Morning Quarterback, your weekly sports round-up.
It doesn’t take a sports guru to know that a seven game losing streak is a BAD THING. Back the Marlins up to 19 April and you see a team five games ahead in the AL East with a record of 11-1. Just ten days later the team is sitting half a game up on the Phillies with a 12-8 record. Yeah, it’s been that kind of week for me, haha. The Fish were FINALLY able to bang together a win last night against the dreaded Mets, but will this momentum start to carry the team forward? They face Johan Santana tonight on the mound, a guy with a sub 1.0 ERA and who they only managed to beat last time thanks to a Daniel Murphy error in left creating two unearned runs. Luckily for the Fish, they’ve got Josh Johnson to trot out onto the mound, but he’s not gonna be able to do much unless he gets some run support.
The Rays, on the other hand, haven’t been on a losing streak, but they haven’t really been on a winning streak either. They continue to live about a game or two shy of their mark last season, which leaves me optimistic, but it also makes me question why a team that just won it all (save the World Series) needs a warm-up time anyway. It’s been a bit heartbreaking for me to pay attention to them this April, as they’ve only won one series (against Boston), so I’m really hoping they can pull it together. Their offense isn’t terrible, it’s just not stringing together hits properly. Once they get that rolling properly, they’ll be a force in the East again. Maybe another series with the Red Sox is just what the doctor ordered? Needless to say, the Rays will be taking on the hottest team in baseball (whose 11 game win streak was just snapped last night) on Thursday. Good luck Tampa Bay, you’ll be needing it, because I want you guys to be Sox killers and create that new, amazing rivalry. Just beat the Twins tonight, rack up another series win, and start making things happen.