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Miami Marlins already have fans riding a roller coaster of emotions

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If the next 158 games are like the first four, fans of the Miami Marlins might want to fasten their seats belts as it could be a wild ride to October.

The diamond doings have been anything but smooth for the rebranded National League franchise from the Magic City.

From Opening Night and the christening of the new Marlins Park, to the disappointment of the 0-2 start with just one run scored, to the high of the eight-run winning barrage of runs on Saturday, to the low of the last-inning 6-5 loss on Sunday and it's easy to see that this could be a seesaw season.

After the opening setback to the World Champion St. Louis Cardinals and the 1-2 series at Cincinnati, it's off to Philadelphia Monday-Wednesday. The Marlins are the Phillies' opponent as the defending National League East champs play their first home series.

The Fish return to their new Little Havana neighborhood digs on Friday to face the Houston Astros in a three-game series at Marlins Park.

Miami received decent starting pitching against the Reds, but they struggled at times with the bats. The only exception to that came on Saturday, highlighted by Giancarlo Stanton's 3-for-5 performance and home runs by Omar Infante and Hanley Ramirez.

Then, on Sunday, the Marlins took a 5-4 advantage into the ninth inning, but Heath Bell could not pin down the save.

Manager Ozzie Guillen hopes his team can settle down from a strange opening-week schedule when it arrives in Philadelphia.

After appearing on national television against the Cardinals last Wednesday, the Marlins had to jet to Cincinnati where they arrived at 3 a.m. and had to be at the Great American Ball Park for a 4 p.m. game to open the Reds' season.

Miami had Friday off but then played Saturday night followed by a Sunday afternoon clash versus the Reds.

And the crazy scheduling time sequence doesn't get any better as the Marlins face a 1 p.m. encounter against the Phillies on Monday.



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