The Miami Marlins kick off a three-game home series against division rivals Atlanta Braves at 7:10 p.m. Monday at Marlins Park (1380 NW Sixth St., Miami), but only bragging rights are at stake.
At presstime, the Fish are dead last -- some 22-and-a-half games back from the Washington Nationals and more than a dozen out from the Wild Card. The Braves, on the other hand, are still in contention. Unlike the Marlins, Atlanta, skippered by former Marlins Manager Freddy Gonzalez, has seemingly had its shit together all season long. However, that's not to say all is well at Turner Field.
"Numbers don't mean anything to me," Braves second baseman and former Marlins star Dan Uggla recently told reporters. "I'm part of the team that got us where we are now."
Gonzalez benched Uggla after Uggla struggled at the plate, according to the Associated Press. The second baseman felt he was caught off-guard.
"He didn't really explain anything to me," Uggla said. "He just kind of said, 'We've got to make a change.' "
Speaking of change, maybe the Marlins can take the series.
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Mon., Sept. 17, 7:10 p.m., 2012