Ehsan Kassim’s Bold Predictions for Miami Marlins 2014 Season

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Jul 13, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins third baseman Ed Lucas (center) is congratulated by teammates Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) and second baseman Donovan Solano after his game winning hit against the Washington Nationals in the tenth inning at Marlins Park. The Marlins won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

5. The Marlins will lead the NL East as late as early June

This has to be my boldest prediction yet. I am calling for a fast start to the 2014 Miami Marlins season, where they jump out to an early division lead, only to see the Washington Nationals take back over by the beginning of June and never look back.

The first two months of the season will see the Marlins riding high behind their strong starting pitching, before injuries and ineffectiveness knock a starter or two out of the rotation, leading to a long, losing June. June historically has been a deadly month for the Marlins, and it will be no different in 2014.

Due to their latest June swoon, the Marlins will slip below .500 and into the basement of the NL East for a short time, before reemerging into third place, where they will finish the season.

Yes, I am predicting a crazy roller coaster ride for the 2014 Marlins season. Have your seat belts on and be ready. If you’re pregnant and can be easily made nauseous, I suggest rooting for the Tampa Bay Rays.