SAN DIEGO -- By sweeping the Giants and Padres in San Francisco and San Diego, respectively, the Marlins are on the brink of having the best road trip any Marlins team has ever had. To do it, they need only win one game in the upcoming Astros series in Houston.
That would give them seven wins on this out-of-town trek, and no Marlins team has ever won that many contests on a nine-game junket. 6-3 is tops, and it's been done more than a few times. Yes, the Padres are miserably bad. And the Marlins managed to avoid facing Tim Lincecum and Madison Bumgarner during the series in San Fran.
But they face bad teams on the road every season.
Before anyone gets too carried away, though, remember that the Marlins barely scraped by the Giants, winning each of those three games by one run. They also pulled out a one-run win in their first game in San Diego. So it's not like they plowed over the Giants and Padres. Even Ozzie Guillen admitted to us today that the Marlins are "catching some breaks." (Like two runs scoring this afternoon when former Marlin John Baker allowed two pitches to get by him for passed balls in the same inning.)
Another important note: the Marlins won the first six games of a trip once before only to be swept on the final stop. It was April of 2009 -- not even that long ago -- and the Marlins swept the Braves in Atlanta and Nationals in D.C. before being swept themselves in Pittsburgh to conclude that trip.
Also, as another side note, the franchise record for wins on a road trip is seven, and it's been done twice -- once in 2005 and again in 2007. But one was a 12-game road trip and the other was an 11-gamer.
Two wins in Houston would eclipse everything, and it would allow the Marlins (14-14) to return home with a winning record overall.