Last week, I wrote an article detailing the April exploits of the Miami Marlins. Up to that point, they were 5-11 and very much in line with their short, unfortunate April history as the boys in orange hailing from Marlins Park.
They did not lose again in April.
The Marlins posted their first ever winning record at 12-11 and best ever start in April as the Miami Marlins.
Maybe the players used the previous article as bulletin board material in their clubhouse. We know they read here, and some at times have taken less than kindly to some of the stuff written. To the Marlins players, staff and front office, please remember: We comment because we care.
Now then, we know that April, historically, was not a kind month to the Fish. How about May?
May 2012: After a modest but uninspiring opening month of April in new Marlins Park that saw the team go 7-10, the 2012 Miami Marlins roared out of the gate in May and never really looked back that month. They posted a 20-9 record and gave what would ultimately prove to be false hope to fans that the "super team" constructed that off-season was destined for great things.
May 2013: 6-22.
May 2014: 15-13. This included a five game winning streak directly followed by a five game losing streak.
May 2015: 10-19. A mid-may sweep by the ever pesky Braves sealed Mike Redmond's fate on May 17 (they would go on to lose five more games before new manager/old gm Dan Jennings picked up his first win).
May 2016: 0-1, so far. Hey, they got the blowout loss out the way.
As you can see, May is a mixed bag of monumental triumph and dismal failure. You may also notice that in the even numbered years, the Marlins are winners and in the odd numbered years...they are not.
But more then that, we can look ahead to the schedule before us and see that the Marlins will play three against the Brewers, four against the Rays, three against the Braves, three against the Diamondbacks, six against the Phillies, two against the Pirates and six against the Nationals. Using my admittedly questionable powers of prognostication, I anticipate the Phillies returning to Earth (with help from the Marlins). I expect the Marlins to be eager for revenge against the Bravos. Aside from the Pirates (two game series), Nationals (who the Marlins already split six games with), and the inexplicably hot Phillies, the rest of the field is swimming around or below .500.
Predictions are always tricky in baseball, but not only is it entirely possible that the Marlins come of this particular May with a winning record, I believe it to be likely.