Ozzie expects Marlins to follow Friday's blueprint

Ozzie expects Marlins to follow Friday's blueprint

Ozzie expects Marlins to follow Friday's blueprint
MIAMI -- Ozzie Guillen has never been shy about speaking his mind.

So when the Marlins manager says his team is better than its 36-40 record, including a 7-18 record in June, indicates, he believes it.

"If I'm not going to tell the fans or [the media] that we're better than this, then we're not, because I don't get paid to promote people, I don't get paid to bring fans," Guillen said. "The only way we're going to bring fans is to be honest and win games. I think this ballclub is capable of doing what we did [Friday] night."

In Friday's series-opening win against National League East division rival Philadelphis, the Marlins were able to handle Phillies ace Cliff Lee. Miami clicked on offense, got an early lead against Lee and held onto it thanks to stellar pitching from Josh Johnson and the bullpen, as well as solid defense.

It was the type of total team effort the Marlins have struggled to consistently get this month, but it's the type of effort Guillen expects from his team every game, regardless of the outcome.

"Our starting rotation is good, we got good enough talent on the field," Guillen said. "Are we going to win every day? No, but I expect them to play good every day. We missed that for 15, 20 days. ... We were not playing well."

Guillen hopes Friday's win, which gave Miami back-to-back victories for the first time since June 2-3, is a sign of things to come for the Marlins as they try to claw their way back into the division race.

"I hope this is not a tease," Guillen said. "We faced one of the best pitchers in the game, we're a good ballclub, we're playing well, but I expect every time I come here those kinds of games. Not to win, but I expect to compete."