Monday was a travel day for the Marlins. Florida manager Jack McKeon used the flight from San Francisco to Pittsburgh to plot his strategy for September — and if McKeon gets his way – – October and a National League Wild Card slot.

When the plane lands in Pittsburgh, McKeon will need to re-charge the Marlins. They have lost 5 of 6 to Colorado and San Francisco on the west coast and now have a stop in Pittsburgh before returning to Pro Player Stadium for Labor Day weekend to start a pivotal seven game home stand, including a four-game weekend series against the Montreal Expos. Despite the recent skid, the Marlins and McKeon are a great story.

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