David Samson and Goliath

According to coolstandings.com, a website devoted to baseball odds, the Florida Marlins have only a five percent chance to make the playoffs this year. However, the odds makers have been unable to see the emergence of leftfielder Chris Coghlan. Coghlan ended the month of August with 46 hits, the most by an NL rookie since the Cardinals’ Wally Moon collected 52 hits in July of 1954. Some would say the odds of any rookie getting that many hits in a month was slim. Some would say the odds for any team making the playoffs drops considerably when they get swept by the cellar-dwelling Washington Nationals, which the Marlins managed to do a few weeks ago. The Fish look to keep beating the odds, as well as taking revenge on the Nats this Friday at LandShark Stadium (2269 Dan Marino Blvd., Miami Gardens). First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. Call 1-877-MARLINS, or visit florida.marlins.mlb.com.
Fri., Sept. 11, 7:10 p.m.; Sat., Sept. 12, 6:10 p.m.; Sun., Sept. 13, 1:10 p.m., 2009
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Chris Joseph
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