Florida (79-76) at Montreal (65-91)

Mostly Cloudy Currently: Montreal, QC, CA
Temp: 41° F
  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Mon Sep 27, 2004
  • TV: WPXM
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One day after being eliminated from postseason contention, the Florida Marlins face the Montreal Expos in the opener of what could be the final series at Olympic Stadium.

The Marlins lost 6-3 to the Atlanta Braves on Sunday, falling out of the NL wild card race. Last season, Florida won the wild card en route to the team’s second World Series championship.

“Yeah, I’m disappointed, certainly,” manager Jack McKeon said. “You go back to the starting pitching, what have we got in results the last two weeks? From the starters, not too good. We haven’t gotten many wins out of them.”

Dontrelle Willis was charged with Sunday’s loss, and Florida’s starters have managed only three wins in their last 16 games. The Marlins went 18-8 in September last season, but have lost six straight and are 11-14 this month.

“In this game you’ve got to improve each year,” McKeon said. “The only guy who really stepped up is (starter Carl) Pavano.”

Juan Pierre had two hits Sunday for the Marlins, who played three doubleheaders in September, including two with the Cubs due to games postponed by Hurricane Frances. Florida has played 23 games in 20 days since Sept. 7, going 9-14.

“It’s not an excuse, it just makes it tougher,” reliever Rudy Seanez said. “Your pitchers get tired and your infielders get tired.”

The Expos lost 2-1 to the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday. Brian Schneider drove in the lone run for Montreal, which has lost four of five.

This series is Montreal’s last at home this year. Major League Baseball is expected to relocate the team for the 2005 season.

“This was a good baseball town,” Philadelphia manager Larry Bowa said. “I don’t know what happened. Until it happens, I think Olympic Stadium will be used next year.”

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9-9 Record 4-7
3.79 ERA 5.03
152 K 99
54 BB 46
1.22 WHIP 1.48