With the Super Bowl being done for two days now, it only means that the 2014 baseball season is right around the corner. With that, it means it’s that time of the year when everyone starts to post their predictions for the upcoming season.
ESPN’s David Schoenfield posted his predictions in ranking the teams for the upcoming season. Schonefield predicted that the Marlins would finish the season as the sixth worse team in baseball. Despite that not sounding good, he actually had some nice things to say about the team:
The final word: The Marlins are my deep sleeper, a team that could win 85 games and maybe sneak into the wild-card picture. Young teams can mature in a hurry and the Marlins have two potential top-10-in-the-game players in Fernandez and Stanton, promising outfielders Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna and a young rotation that could take big steps. Winning 80-plus games probably won’t happen this season, as I don’t see enough offense from the infield, but it wouldn’t shock me.Prediction: 73-89
His predictions likely fall in line with what most of the Marlin Maniac staff and many others will feel. A 73-win season would mean an 11-game improvement for the Marlins from their 2013 season. Obviously, an improvement of this increment would be a decisive statement that the team is headed in the right direction.
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With just 15 days till pitchers and catchers report to spring training, we continue with our season preview and take a look at third base. 2013 saw the Marlins get dismal production from Placido Polanco and Ed Lucas at the hot corner. The Marlins have apparently decided to go in a different direction this year by signing Casey McGehee.