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Everyone's Asking: Are The Marlins For Real?

SAN DIEGO -- The headline at Yahoo! Sports reads "Surprise, Surprise: Marlins are in first place." Over at Fox Sports.com, it's "Are the Marlins and Rockies Really This Good?" And at SI.com, it's "Can Surprise Miami Marlins Make Their Early-Season Success Last?"

Everyone, it seems, is wondering the same thing. And for good reason. Vegas picked the Marlins to win no more than 69 or 70 games and already they've won 20 with 127 games to go. Many baseball experts thought the Marlins could finish ahead of the Phillies and Mets. But first place on May 9?

The Marlins have a lot of folks scratching their heads.

Manager Mike Redmond said he hasn't looked at the standings.

"They're talking about the Fish, so that's good stuff, right?," Redmond asked. "At the beginning of the year, nobody was talking about us. So we've opened some eyes, and that's a testament to these guys and the way they've played."

Redmond said he still feels like the Marlins "are still improving in a lot of areas."

But he also feels, no matter what the doubters might think, the Marlins are capable of winning now.

"I think this team has a chance to be special. How special? That's to be determined," Redmond said. "I think we have a lot of guys who have a lot to prove."