Usually, the MLB season is spoken about as a grind, like a marathon. But the 2020 season is going to be a strange one for the Marlins and every team. This season will be a full out 60-game sprint to the finish line for a championship opportunity. So it’s with that in mind that we present the three key series for the Miami Marlins in 2020.
Key Series #1: 7 of 10 at Home against Phillies
The Miami Marlins are not going to be a team that will compete for a World Series Championship in 2020. But what the Marlins will have the ability to do is play spoiler. One such team who’s chances they can diminish is that of the Philadelphia Phillies. The Marlins will play host to seven of their ten meetings. While the Phillies are the superior team, Miami can make things difficult for Philadelphia. And should the team from South Beach take advantage and come away with multiple victories, they could send the Phillies home for another long Winter.
Key Series #2: 6 of 10 at Home against Nationals
Likewise, the Marlins can play spoiler to the Washington Nationals hopes of repeating as World Series Champions. Miami is in an awkward position because outside of the Baltimore Orioles, every team in the MLB East Conference finished with a better record than them. And taking on the defending World Series Champions is no easy feat. But the Marlins have an opportunity to start making headway in their rebuild process with strong showings. The Nationals will likely win the series, but for every game, Miami wins it makes it that much harder for the Nationals.
Key Series #3: 7 Games against Braves on Road in September
The Miami Marlins will face adversity all season long. As we’ve mentioned, everyone (save for the Orioles) finished ahead of them in the standings. And as the shortened 2020 season enters, it’s the final month; the Marlins square off with the Atlanta Braves. But they won’t just face the Braves once or twice; they will meet them seven times. And all seven of those matchups will take place at SunTrust Park in Atlanta. The Marlins will have an opportunity to grow and develop as a young team. And these games against the Braves can provide a gauge for the remaining development of the young Marlins.