Miami Marlins Season Review: Reviewing Ehsan Kassim’s Preseason Bold Predictions
By Ehsan Kassim
May 7, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins center fielder Marcell Ozuna (center) celebrates with teammates after hitting the game winning sacrifice fly in the ninth inning as New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy (28) walks off the field at Marlins Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-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."
On June 4th, the Marlins were a half game back of the Atlanta Braves for 1st place in the NL East. On May 9th, the last start of Fernandez’s season, the Marlins were in a first place tie with the Braves. That was the last day they were in first for the 2014 season. If it were not for Fernandez’s injury, the Marlins would very likely have held an early June lead in the division.
A 11-15 June sent the Marlins to 5.5 games out of the division lead, but still breathing for life. The team actually was in and out of contention for a majority of the season, until the Giancarlo injury acted as the final nail in the Marlins coffin.
While it’s hard for me to admit I was completely wrong about this prediction because a healthy Fernandez helps the Marlins keep their hopes alive, I cannot give myself credit for something that didn’t happen.
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With another season full of
bold wrong predictions done, I am now 3 out of 14 on these predictions. That comes out to a .176 batting average, I guess I’m still better than Jeff Mathis!