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How Long Can Marlins Keep This Up?

    Last night's win improved the Marlins to 11-6 and left them a half-game between the first-place Phillies in the National League East. They have the fourth-best overall record in the majors. That's impressive considering:

    -- Hanley Ramirez hasn't done much of anything with his bat. He's hitting .222 and has only four extra-base hits, all doubles.

    -- Josh Johnson has been fantastic and Ricky Nolasco has been solid. But the other three starters -- Anibal Sanchez, Javier Vazquez and Chris Volstad -- have ERA's of 5.51, 7.43 and 6.60, respectively.

    -- Though they snapped out of their power funk with three home runs last night, two came off the bats of reserves Scott Cousins and Brett Hayes. Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, whose Rockies invade South Florida this weekend, has hit only four fewer home runs (7) than the entire Marlins team.

    -- Logan Morrison -- their top hitter so far -- is now on the disabled list and won't return for two to four weeks.

    -- Other than their two games with the Phillies, the Marlins have not played an opponent that currently boasts a winning record. The Rockies should provide an early litmus test. They bring the majors' best record to Sun Life Stadium for a three-game series that starts tonight.

    So what's your take on the Marlins? Are they fact or fiction? And, if you're not entirely sold on them, what would you like to see the front office do to increase your confidence level?

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