Six Surprising Facts About Your First-Place Marlins
1. The Marlins are tied for first in the NL East
Normally we'd start off with some sort of introduction, but the introduction here is the first surprising fact. Your Miami Marlins are somehow tied for first in their division with the Washington Nationals. Granted, the Atlanta Braves are only a half game behind the two as well, so it's the tightest division in baseball. So who knows how long this will last, but it feels ... good? A weird good, but good.
2. They have the best home record in baseball ... by far
The Marlins are 17-5 while playing in their technicolor kitsch dome this season, which is far and away the best home record in baseball. Yes, despite the team's precarious fan support situation, the team certainly seems to have had a huge home field advantage so far.
3. They also have the worst road record in the MLB
The Fish should certainly start being road worriers. They're only 2-10 on the road, which is the worst road record in the MLB. Yes, it would appear it the Marlins' surprising success at the moment is in part because the team has had a lot more games at home than away.
That will quickly change. They start an 11-game road trip out in California tonight against the San Diego Padres with stops at the Los Angeles Dodgers and the second-place San Francisco Giants. So this trip should really show what the Fish are truly made of. They won't return home until May 20th against the Phillies.