Monday, April 20, 2009

Marlins sweep Nats for an 11-year first

The Florida Marlins are owners of baseball's best record after playing a dozen games (11-1).

And for the first time in 11 years, the Marlins swept a series in which they were trailing in all three games heading into their last at bat.

The last team to win three consecutive games after trailing heading into their last at bat were the 1998 Detroit Tigers.
''We stole a game yesterday, we stole another one today, we stole one the first day,'' [Marlins catcher John] Baker said Sunday. He delivered one of the clutch hits in the latest comeback. "It's kind of like Crime and Punishment, isn't it? We're worried sneaking off the field that we're going to get arrested for stealing these games.''
The Marlins won the World Series in 1997. The Marlins won the World Series in 2003. If they continue their six-year trend, they are due to win another World Series in ... 2009.

With only 150 games to go, there's still a chance that the Mets, Braves and Phillies will pass the red-hot Marlins. But, then again, could they be this year's Rays?

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