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Chances to stick: They're better than this, but I'm not sure it's a lot better. I saw many people predicting big things from the Marlins preseason and I was moved enough to consider them a top-20 team. They may well be, but not by much.
Overreaction: So much for the optimism. Mat Latos was a terrible acquisition and there isn't enough in the lineup to protect Giancarlo Stanton.
After the All-Star break last season, leadoff man Dee Gordon had a .300 on-base percentage (the league OBP was .314 last season) with 47 strikeouts and four walks. He stole 21 bases, but was caught stealing 10 times. He was really bad in 2012 and 2013, too, so the question is: How confident are you in the first half of 2014?
Let's say they hang around in contention until Jose Fernandez is ready to return from Tommy John surgery. Let's say Fernandez pitches like himself the rest of the way. That's a wild-card run right there, no?
A.J. Ramos and Mike Dunn combining for 17 wins should tell you all you need to know about that stat.
Jose Fernandez is about to begin a throwing program, which I'll bet means he's at full strength for the start of next season. Happy times.
Get well soon, Giancarlo.
Still within range of a miracle finish. If they did one of those "Major League" "Every time we win, we peel a section" figures (patent pending: Lou Brown), I'd say they need to win 15 of their final 19. Then again, their owner is Jeffrey Loria, not Rachel Phelps, so maybe pick a more aesthetic motivational tool.
Quirky stat of the day: Relievers Mike Dunn and A.J. Ramos have combined for 16 wins, the same number of wins starters Henderson Alvarez and Nathan Eovaldi have combined.
They won 62 games last season. They've already won 65 after losing their ace to a season-ending injury after only eight starts this season. Even if they miss the playoffs, this season is an overwhelming success.
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2015 Team Leaders
AVGDee Gordon , 2B.400
HRGiancarlo Stanton , RF2
RBIGiancarlo Stanton , RF10
OBPDee Gordon , 2B.415
SLGDee Gordon , 2B.520
RAdeiny Hechavarria , SS7
SBDee Gordon , 2B6
WDan Haren , SP1
ERADan Haren , SP2.08
WHIPDan Haren , SP0.69
KMat Latos , SP10
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