The Miami Marlins just were not a good baseball team last season. It’s easy to say that. They lost 105 games, and coming into the strange and shortened 2020 season, no one had expectations for them to do anything. Not much had changed. On top of that, they had a major Covid-19 outbreak that affected their lineup for weeks when. Somehow, some way, though, they made the playoffs on Friday night thanks to a 4-1 win in New York over the Yankees.
It marks the first time they have made it since 2003, a year in which they won the World Series improbably, and is worth celebrating even if the field has been expanded for the season. They will be away in the opening round, but they won’t care after producing a 30-28 record thus far. The win on Friday looked like it had gotten away from them. A three-run homer from Garrett Cooper in the first inning gave them a perfect start, but Aaron Hicks doubled in the third to plate two and Aaron Judge singled in a run in the eighth to knot it up. However, the Marlins were not to be denied this night, with Jesus Aguilar driving in the go-ahead run in the tenth via a sac fly to land them a most improbable playoff place.