Marlins raise the roof, but wins don't follow

Marlins raise the roof, but wins don't follow

MIAMI -- When a retractable-roof stadium was built in the neighborhood of Little Havana, teams and fans alike relished the idea of avoiding rain delays and humid weather seasonal to South Florida summers.

So far in 2013, a strange split has occurred: Entering Thursday, the Marlins had lost all 10 games, including the first two in the Reds series, when both the roof and outfield windows have been open.

With either just the roof or the windows open, Miami holds a 5-3 record. The roof was open just eight times all of last season.

"I'm not worried about that," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "Believe me -- at this point -- the least of my worries is whether the roof's open or closed."

Redmond said the ball definitely carries more when the roof is open. There's also a wind tunnel. Over the first two games of the series, weather was in the mid-high 70s, with 12-to-14 mph winds.

"The temperature's nice right now," Redmond said. "It's not too hot, it's very comfortable. I like it when the roof's open. It's a good atmosphere. I know the guys like to be comfortable and the fans do too."

Christina De Nicola is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.