Astro-nomical Flop

Enter Sportszone 84 (2440 W. State Road 84, Fort Lauderdale) around noon on Sunday and ponder — over a brewski — what happened to the Florida Marlins after they faced the Houston Astros on April 8. They arrived in Texas with a record of 3-3. They left three days later at 5-4. They went on to win 11 of their next 15 games. Conversely, the Astros would go on to win seven games in the same stretch, and it looked like the teams would be on opposite trajectories for the remainder of the season. But when the two meet this week in Miami, the Marlins’ record will be much closer to that of the Astros than the team would like. Looking back, the series in Houston was sadly emblematic of what the Marlins’ season would become. Star shortstop Hanley Ramirez was injured in the first game, a fate that would be met by almost every important Marlin at some point after that. The partners in misery will play at 1:10 — hope you’re cozy. For Sportszone 84, call 954-734-2424.
Sun., July 10, 2011

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