Going into last season, the Miami Marlins were one of those good young teams on the rise. They stayed relevant rather deep into the season and based solely on what happened on the field should have headed into 2017 with renewed optimism. Instead, the team dealt with the untimely death of Jose Fernandez.
That tragedy will no doubt permeate the clubhouse throughout the season as Marlin players deal with the death of their close friend. On the field, Miami will feel the impact as well given a pieced together rotation trying to given just enough to allow the rebuilt bullpen and formidable lineup to compete.
2016 Record: 79-82
2016 Moneyline Record: -6.11 Units
2016 Over/Under Total Record: 80-75-6
Current World Series Odds: +12500
Current Odds To Win NL: +3989
Current Odds To Win NL East: +1701
Regular Season Win Total: 76.5
Two years ago, we looked at the Miami outfield of Marcell Ozuna, Christian Yelich and Giancarlo Stanton and knew we were looking at one of the best outfields in the game, at least based on talent.
Between some ups-and-downs in Ozuna’s game and some injuries to the other two, we’ve yet to see this very talented outfield all together for a full season, but if this is the year, we could be in for a real treat.
Yelich and Ozuna will be switching defensive positions to hopefully improve the outfield defense while the trio each slammed at least 21 home runs last year and that’s with Stanton missing more than 40 games.
The infield isn’t nearly as dangerous as the outfield. Dee Gordon is back and will get a full season after missing much time due to his drug suspension. The question, however, is: will he be the same player? He had a measly .641 OPS and .305 OBP last year which will not cut it out of the leadoff spot, even with his amazing speed. If he continues to struggle, Derek Dietrich may earn more playing time after OPSing .798 in Gordon’s absence.
Short stop also provides little offense with Adeiny Hechavarria a wizard with the glove, but he ended up hitting .236 with only 33 walks in 547 plate appearances. Martin Prado at third is the ideal veteran, but he’ll begin the year on the DL thanks to a World Baseball Classic injury leaving Justin Bour as the most predictable offensive player in the infield. Bour has a 120 OPS+ in his career, but he’s essentially a platoon player with horrible splits against southpaws.
All in all, this offense has plenty of potential. Between the outfield and J.T. Realmuto behind the dish there’s plenty to be excited about. The lineup is certainly deep enough to compete, but is the pitching?
The team focused much of its offseason attention to bulking up the bullpen, adding in Brad Ziegler and Junichi Tazawa to the likes of A.J. Ramos, David Phelps, Kyle Barrachlough and Dustin McGowan, all of whom had sub-3 ERAs in the pen for the Fish last year. Despite rumors that the Marlins were looking for a new closer, Ramos still remains a great ninth inning arm. He’s not quite Kenley Jansen or Arodlis Chapman, but who is?
The bullpen depth should help prop up the team’s rotation, but while the bullpen has plenty of depth, they’ll still need six most nights from the rotation and that could be hard to get. Edison Volquez is the de facto ace of this team. He’s had a couple top-of-the-rotation type years, but he’s coming off a 5.37 ERA in Kansas City.
After Volquez, the team has Dan Straily who may have finally put it together in Cincinnati last year, going 14-8 with a 3.76 ERA, but still owns a 4.24 career ERA. The peripherals also indicate he may have gotten more than a little lucky.
Those are the new additions while Adam Conley led all starters not named Fernandez last year with a 3.85 ERA. He allowed a few more base runners than you’d like with a 1.403 WHIP, but still had a nice season. He’s a good middle-of-the-rotation arm just like Volquez, Strailey and Wei-Yin Chen. There’s plenty of mediocre, but not so much quality.
April 3-6: at Nationals
April 7-9: at Mets
April 11-12: vs. Braves
April 13-16: vs. Mets
April 17-19: at Mariners
April 21-23: at Padres
April 25-27: at Phillies
April 28-30: vs. Pirates
The Marlins will get trial by fire to start the regular season with a road series against the Nationals who won the division last year and are the odds-on favorites to win it again in 2017. On paper, Washington certainly has the better team and that is just exacerbated by the fact that we’ll see the top of both of these rotations going head-to-head. These two rotations don’t even belong in the same league.
There are a lot of road games for the Marlins in April as they head up to the colder weather to start their season. While the road games are plentiful and include a west coast swing, the Marlins do at least have four off days in April, including three in the first 15 games.
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The 2017 Major League Baseball season is tentatively set to begin on April 2, 2017, and feature three games, including the 2016 World Series champions Chicago Cubs facing off against the St. Louis Cardinals, which will be ESPN's first Sunday Night Baseball game of the year.
The 88th MLB All-Star Game will be hosted by the Miami Marlins and will be played at Marlins Park on July 11, 2017. It will be televised nationally on Fox.
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