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that's right, we need a miracle, Miracle's do happen, i mean they really do. It won't be easy, of course we are all going to have to become HUGE Cubs fans over the next couple of days. But all we need is to have faith. We are playing the Nationals, who I believe we are 12-2 against this year (that's a guess, most likely wrong), it won't be easy, but it is not impossible, all we need is to gain 2 more games within the 4 days, not an impossible task. Again, we are playing the Nationals, we have a good shot. I know the Cubs have clinched and will not try there hardest, but still, they want to win, regardless. The Mets are well known for choking down the stretch. This is our time. We have made a lot of foolish mistakes over the course of the season, but all we need is to take care of business, and get a little help on the side. 7 Game winning streak, we need to go 4-0 over our next 4 games and the mets have to go 2-2 over the next 4 games to leave it up to us, or we would have to go 3-1 and the mets go 1-3 for us to have a chance. This is it, our time to shine, bring on ur dancing shoes, because it is time to bring in all ur good luck charms, i have been one of the biggest pessimists on this site, but this thread is for all the optimists only! ONLY Post here if u BELIEVE we are destined to win this, and if so we need to post all good luck charms, thats right, rally rackets, demons be gone, rain dance, etc... Post it here. LETS GO FISH BABY!!!!!!

 

 

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I DO believe...mostly because the teetering Mets are playing the dominant Cubs while we are playing the pitiful Nationals, and that leads to a Marlins-Mets series... therefore the possiblity of us gaining a couple games on the Mets before Friday is actually quite HIGH! So it is a definite possiblities... things seem to be aligned pretty well and stranger things have happened...

 

I definitely do believe!

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Marlins look ahead with no quit in sightOdds may be against them, but young squad dreaming big

 

MIAMI -- Maybe it's too little too late, but in the Marlins' clubhouse, this youthful squad is still good enough to dream.

 

Realistically, the chances of the Marlins pulling off a postseason berth may be nothing more than a pipe dream. Just don't say that too loudly in the Florida clubhouse.

 

Until there is a marking next to their name in the standings signifying elimination, this scrappy squad is playing for a playoff berth.

 

 

 

Even if the bubble bursts, it will have dissolved in the final week of the season. Few could have seen this team in the hunt so long, and the team promises to battle on to the finish line.

 

The Marlins finished up a 7-2 homestand on Sunday with a disheartening 5-2 loss to the Phillies. Now the math is working against this no-quit club. With seven games to go, the number to be eliminated from the National League East title is one, and in the Wild Card chase, that number is three.

 

"When we got to Spring Training with this entire group of guys, everyone else counted us out, and we said, 'All right, let's just band together.' We have," reliever Joe Nelson said. "We've had interchangeable parts who have done some great things."

 

Should games in October not be in the cards for the Marlins, the team is still reaching high in the final week. There is incentive to finish in second place, even if that isn't a Wild Card spot. And this club still could wind up with the third-best overall record in franchise history.

 

The 1997 team won 92 games, and the 2003 squad posted 91. The 2004 and '05 teams each had 83. The Marlins of '08 are 81-74.

 

To show the Marlins' optimism, on manager Fredi Gonzalez's calendar, he has marked in Josh Johnson to be available to pitch a potential one-game tiebreaker on Sept. 29, the day after the season finale against the Mets.

 

Reaching their goals will be challenging, because the entire week they will be on the road.

 

On Monday, the Marlins play the Reds in an afternoon game, making up a game that was rained out on May 15.

 

Before playing Monday, Gonzalez said he plans on speaking with the team.

 

"I will tell them how proud I am of them, and let's throw a monkey wrench in it," Gonzalez said.

 

Marlins Pitching Probables

MONDAY

at Reds, 1:10 p.m. ET

Ricky Nolasco (15-7, 3.52) at Aaron Harang (5-16, 4.70)TUESDAY

at Nationals, 7:10 p.m. ET

Scott Olsen (8-10, 4.20) at Shairon Martis (0-3, 6.23 ERA) WEDNESDAY

at Nationals, 7:10 p.m. ET

Josh Johnson (6-1, 3.65) at TBATHURSDAY

at Nationals, 7:10 p.m. ET

Anibal Sanchez (2-5, 5.57) at TBAFRIDAY

at Mets 7:10 p.m. ET

Chris Volstad (5-4, 3.10) at Mike Pelfrey (13-10, 3.70)SATURDAY

at Mets, 1:10 p.m. ET

Ricky Nolasco (15-7, 3.52) at Jon Niese (1-0, 4.09) SUNDAY

at Mets, 1:10 p.m. ET

Scott Olsen (8-10, 4.20) at Johan Santana (14-7, 2.65)

 

The Reds had won the first three of four in Cincinnati before the finale was washed out. Now, it is a must-win situation for Florida to stave off elimination.

 

The Marlins are sending their most reliable starter to the mound, Ricky Nolasco, who draws Aaron Harang.

 

After a one-night stay in Cincinnati, the Marlins travel to Washington for three with the Nationals, before the season ends with three games against the Mets at Shea Stadium.

 

Scott Olsen, Johnson and Anibal Sanchez are lined up, respectively, for the series in Washington. The Marlins are 13-2 on the season against the Nationals.

 

If the Marlins are out of it by the time they head to New York, they will still strive to play the role of spoiler. It promises to be an emotionally charged weekend for several reasons, most notably the Mets' playoff quest. It also will mark the final three regular-season games at Shea Stadium.

 

Florida has lost nine of the 15 games thus far between the division rivals.

 

A year ago, the Marlins foiled New York's playoff chances by taking two of three at Shea Stadium, including the season finale that swung the NL East to the Phillies.

 

Rookie Chris Volstad will start on Friday, with Nolasco going Saturday and Olsen on Sunday.

 

Before heading out on their final road trip, veteran Luis Gonzalez offered some parting gifts to fans outside the clubhouse. Gonzalez brought a box filled with batting gloves and wristbands outside the locker room, and personally handed them to fans.

 

"At the end of the season, I'd rather give it to the kids than throw it in a box," the 18-year veteran outfielder said. "Usually if I have extra stuff like that, I'll sign it for charities. But the fans have been good to me all year here. It's been fun, a little disappointing in the way we've played the last couple of games, but I think the guys, and the coaching staff, have a lot to be proud of."

 

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

 

YEs we get pelfrey lets rip him another one after that trash he talked last time. Im expecting a fight in the mets series weather we got a chance to win or tie the WC or not. Celebrating on the mets field for the last game ever at shea whould be great.

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Extremely proud of the Marlins. They have been everything I can ask for and more. If we can't make the playoffs, I'm hoping for a nice finish at least, maybe 86-76 or something. That way, they won't be ranked in the 60s in MLB 2K8, lol.

 

Fish in 09'!

 

PS: Especially during a time where the Dolphins, Heat, Panthers, and 'Canes were downright pitiful, too. The Fish were a glimpse of light during a very dark age.

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Failing to make up ground on the weekend with the Mets losing on Sat and Sun probably has cost this team their playoff chances.

 

I know we are amazing against the Nats, and the Mutts have a tough series against the Cubs, but the Cubs have already won the Central so may not be going at it 100%.

 

I will continue to watch the matches over the upcoming week but I have assumed a position where I will not be devastated if we do not make it.

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The team doesn't seem to believe anymore, or atleast Josh Willingham doesn't.

Negative thoughts only brings negative things. :thumbdown

The team doesn't seem to believe anymore, or atleast Josh Willingham doesn't.

Why do you say that? He did get that hit down the 3rd baseline to score a run.

After the game yesterday, they had a bunch of the players do quick interviews with Rich Waltz at the strikezone. Willingham talked about how they knew they had the pieces to compete but weren't able to do it this year.

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The team doesn't seem to believe anymore, or atleast Josh Willingham doesn't.

Negative thoughts only brings negative things. :thumbdown

The team doesn't seem to believe anymore, or atleast Josh Willingham doesn't.

Why do you say that? He did get that hit down the 3rd baseline to score a run.

After the game yesterday, they had a bunch of the players do quick interviews with Rich Waltz at the strikezone. Willingham talked about how they knew they had the pieces to compete but weren't able to do it this year.

yeah well he hit a jack and double today so hes trying but i dont like the attidude.

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The team doesn't seem to believe anymore, or atleast Josh Willingham doesn't.

Negative thoughts only brings negative things. :thumbdown

The team doesn't seem to believe anymore, or atleast Josh Willingham doesn't.

Why do you say that? He did get that hit down the 3rd baseline to score a run.

After the game yesterday, they had a bunch of the players do quick interviews with Rich Waltz at the strikezone. Willingham talked about how they knew they had the pieces to compete but weren't able to do it this year.

What did the rest of the players said?

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