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Marlins Play Spoilers To Playoff Hopefuls


First it was the New York Mets, as the Miami Marlins took two of three this past week from the NL East Division leaders, and now they set their sights on the second place Washington Nationals.

On Thursday the Marlins traveled to Washington and continued their spoiler tour as they snuck by the Nats 6-4 behind Dee Gordon‘s two hit night, giving him 23 in September and bumping his batting average to .377 in the month. Justin Bour also hit his 18th home run on the season.

The loss pushed the Nationals eight games behind the Mets and reduced New York’s magic number to clinch the NL East Division to nine games.

The Marlins have already been eliminated as they are 20 games under .500 and 19.5 games behind the idle Mets, but Miami is finishing the season strong even without top hitter Giancarlo Stanton, who has been on the DL since late June.

In September they are 10-4, and with three more games this weekend with the Nationals, they then face the bottom of the division with three games apiece with the Phillies and Braves. They will face the Tampa Bay Rays for three games before ending the season against the Phillies in Philadelphia.

The Marlins who had hoped to have a breakout season, stumbled most of the year, but with a strong finish, they have something to build on for the 2016 season.

As for now the Mets will be watching very closely as they hope the Marlins will continue their winning ways all weekend long. The Mets are their biggest division rivals, but for the next three days, you can be sure the Mets faithful will also be watching the Marlins games very closely and even rooting for victory.

David Conde
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