Friday could be “the” day Marlins’ fans remember this season.
David Phelps gets his first start of the season after working in relief for Miami. Justin Bour is expected to return from injury that has sidelined him a month. And if everything works out and he gets his chance, Ichiro Suzuki could get two hits and join the iconic 3,000-hit club.
The only thing that would make the game complete would be a Marlins’ win, which has not happened in the past three games. Could events like these propel this team toward bigger things and a certain playoff berth?
The fans, manager Don Mattingly and the organization sure hope so.
As Joe Frisaro of MLB.com wrote, “The countdown to 3,000 for Ichiro Suzuki moves on to Colorado on Friday night. But exactly when the 42-year-old, who remains two hits away from becoming the 30th player in MLB history to reach the milestone, will get into the lineup remains unclear.”
Ichiro has been playing a child’s game at a level that most players his age don’t. When the season started, there were 65 hits that separated him from immortality. Now, it’s two base knocks. While many argue if he is the all-time leader in hits by MLB standards, what cannot be denied is the fact he is one of the greatest hitters of this generation, joining the ranks of Tony Gwynn, Wade Boggs and yes, the untouchable Pete Rose.
Ichiro, who is 2-for-20 in his past 12 games, is 12-for-47 (.255) in 14 career games at Coors Field.