Santana Tames Marlins in Opener in New York

by Terry Bender

The Florida Marlins started the season on a sour note, dropping their opening game in New York to the hated New York Mets and their ace, Johan Santana, by a score of 7-1.

There were several bad spots for the Fish, including Cameron Maybin’s three strikeouts.  He has had an issue with striking out and it’s what kept him off the Marlins roster for the bulk of the 2009 season.  The team also committed three errors, which is simply unacceptable if they are going to compete in the NL East.

The one bright spot was the franchise prize, Hanley Ramirez, collecting a pair of hits and showing off his improved defensive skills while turning a spectacular double play.  Ace Josh Johnson, coming off a very strong 2009 campaign, got off to a rough start when David Wright hit a two run home run in the first inning.  Things never got better for the Marlins…

A rough start, but by all means, it’s a very, very long season.  You can find Florida Marlins coverage and much more on a daily basis right here at Miami’s top news blog.