Nothing provides perspective more than the knowledge that there’s someone out there less fortunate. If Nationals fans ever feel stressed or sad about their team this season, they can always look south to Miami. If you thought this weekend in Atlanta was rough, stop for a minute and think about what it’s like to be a Marlins fan right now. The below coverage from the Miami Herald of the Nationals’ four victories against the Marlins so far this season should give you a taste.
April 14, 2014
The Washington Nationals stretched Miami’s losing streak to eight Monday night after putting a pounding on Brad Hand early and Kevin Slowey late and cruising to a 9-2 victory in front of a paid crowd of 18,788 at Marlins Park.
The last-place Marlins, who had a 20-minute team meeting before taking the field for batting practice, are now one loss shy of equaling the longest losing streak they had a year ago during a 100-loss season and three defeats shy of tying the franchise mark of 11 consecutive losses (1998, 2011).
April 10, 2014
WASHINGTON — It was a breezy day at Nationals Park on Thursday, especially at home plate. That’s where Marlins hitters whiffed 17 times to match a team record in their 7-1 loss to Washington.
Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg fanned a dozen and Ian Desmond connected on a grand slam — the second bases-loaded blast in as many days for the Nationals — as Washington completed a series sweep.
The 17 strikeouts equaled a Marlins record for a nine-inning game….
If the Nationals series was a litmus test for the Marlins, who arrived in first place with a 5-2 record, it came out tasting like acid.
April 9, 2014
WASHINGTON — The nation’s capital was most inhospitable for the Marlins a season ago. They went 1-9 at Nationals Park, were outscored 44-15, and were shut out on four occasions.
The Marlins are in the Nationals’ division.
But, in reality, they weren’t in their league.
And maybe they’re still not.
After racing out to a 5-0 lead on Wednesday, the Marlins’ bubble burst and the Nationals — behind a three-run home run blast by Bryce Harper and a grand slam by Jayson Werth — came away with a 10-7 victory.
They have now won 11 of their past 12 meetings with Miami in D.C.
April 8, 2014
Could the Marlins really maintain their red-hot scoring pace, much less the winning?
On Tuesday, Gio Gonzalez and the Washington Nationals gave the Marlins a reality check with a 5-0 victory in what was the first stern test for Miami.
The Hialeah native held the Marlins to only three hits, all singles, over six scoreless innings, and Washington’s bullpen did the rest as the Nationals showed why many are picking them to win the division.
Their pitching is that good. And their hitting isn’t bad, either.