The Miami Marlins were expected to be one of the clubs atop the NL East at the All-Star break. Instead, the Washington Nationals hold that position.
The Marlins aren't even .500 and are much closer to last place than first.
Four straight home games against the first-place Nationals gives the Marlins a golden opportunity to gain ground and they'll look to take advantage starting Friday night.
Hiring manager Ozzie Guillen combined with a spending spree that delivered shortstop Jose Reyes, starter Mark Buehrle and closer Heath Bell, while opening a new ballpark made the Marlins (41-44) a fashionable pick to win the NL East.
They're not even close.
Miami is fourth in the division, nine games back of Washington (49-34), which is aiming to reach the postseason for the first time since it was the Montreal Expos in 1981.
"Yes, I'm disappointed," Guillen told the team's official website. "I should be. I think we're a better club than what we were ...