Time to make push in standings

MIAMI — The time is now if the Marlins hope to make a serious push to get back in the playoff race.

At 59-61, there is little margin for error, and certainly not much room to recover from a losing stretch. Plus, the schedule is favorable with the D-backs in town for four games, and then the Rangers at Marlins Park for two Interleague games next week.

Overall, there are plenty of encouraging signs of late for the Marlins, who are coming off taking two of three against the Cardinals.

What the team must avoid is a letdown against sub-.500 clubs.

“The big thing [Thursday], with Arizona coming in for four, we can’t take our foot off the gas,” third baseman Casey McGehee said. “We’ve got to treat every game the same, and hopefully continue to have a good homestand, and continue to put pressure on the teams ahead of us.”

The Marlins enter the series in third place, seven games behind the Nationals, in the National League East. They’re 4 1/2 games out in the Wild Card race, with five teams ahead of them.

For the most part, the club has done well, posting a 15-11 record since the All-Star Break.

Joe Frisaro

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