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Marlins Way: ESPN Predicts Marlins Improving by 11 Games in 2014

Sep 29, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher Henderson Alvarez (right) celebrates with teammate left fielder Juan Pierre (left) after throwing a no-hitter to defeat the Detroit Tigers 1-0 at Marlins Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

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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Topics: Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna, Miami Marlins

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