The Miami Marlins will open the 2014 season with a vastly different roster than in 2013, but that should come as no surprise considering the 2013 version of the team lost 100 games. Only two players from last season’s opening day lineup will be in the lineup for the 2014 opener, Giancarlo Stanton and Adeiny Hechavarria. A look back at the opening day lineup from last season quickly reveals why the team struggled to score. Placido Polanco as the clean up hitter should have been the best indicator of how bad the offense would be.
What a difference a year makes. Hopefully, after 100 losses in 2013, we’ll be saying that at the end of the season too, but as you look at the Marlins’ 2014 Opening Day roster, which was made official this afternoon, it certainly holds true to begin the year.
Versatility and compatibility were weighed heavily in putting together the final pieces of the Marlins’ Opening Day roster. The more you can do, the better, especially in the National League, where substitutions occur more regularly than its American League counterpart.
Whether the Miami Marlins can live up to their sleeper status depends on their obvious strength: pitching. Despite 100 losses last season, the staff set a franchise record for lowest ERA (3.71) led by National League Rookie of the Year Jose Fernandez.
The Marlins’ performance in the clutch, offensively, must change as much as anything about this team, as they await Monday’s season opener. Besides being generally unproductive last season, Marlins batters were abysmal in the clutch (two outs and runners in scoring position).
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Welcome back to the Greatest Moments in Marlins History. We have come a long way since November 1, 2013. Together we have counted down the days and moments until Opening Day. From All-Star moments, to pitching feats, World Series wins, awards, and rookie sensations (sorry had to get that phase in here one last time).
Welcome back to the Greatest Moments in Marlins History. Life is always changing. Some people don’t like change, other embrace it with open arms. There is change for the good and change for the bad. Baseball is no different. You can have change for the good, like the first curveball ever thrown in a time when the pitchers job was to let the batter hit the ball, or for the bad like the DH.
As another regular season dawns, some of the writers and editors here at Marlin Maniac will be submitting some predictions for the upcoming season. Some predictions will be about records, statistics, finishes, and even individual performances. Today I wanted to give a brief overview on how I see the season playing out for the Marlins.
Welcome back to the Greatest Moments in Marlins History. When you’re an American boy who loves baseball, almost nothing can compare to your team winning the World Series. As a child you sit and watch your team win and lose hoping beyond hope that this will be the year you get to see your team lift up the Commissioner’s Trophy.