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Bold Predictions for Miami Marlins Second Half of 2015

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May 13, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Miami Marlins pitcher Jarred Cosart reacts after surrendering consecutive home runs in the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. The Marlins defeated the Dodgers 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

As part of our Opening Day coverage, my former co-editor, Travis Honeycutt, and I made bold predictions for the 2015 Miami Marlins season. Each of us made 3 predictions, with most them missing the mark, although I did get one right. 

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Travis’ 3 predictions included two that are still have time to play themselves out, but the one that he made that didn’t pan out was Dan Haren becoming an All-Star. And on the surface, using just his ERA, Haren had a case. But the rest of the body of work didn’t garner him a spot in the mid-summer classic.

Travis also predicted that the four Miami Marlins would hit 25 home runs (this sounds like a bad joke now) and Jose Fernandez firing a no-hitter (which is still very possible).

My incorrect prediction was a bounce back season from Jarrod Saltalamacchia, which didn’t quite happen. Salty posted a .069/.182/.207 slash line with a 9 wRC+ in just 33 plate appearances. On April 27th, the team designated Saltalamacchia for assignment, a move which I felt was a mistake at the time, and actually still feel the same way. Salty owns a 84 wRC+ in 72 plate appearances with the D-Backs, and is still a better player than one Jeff Mathis.

My prediction of a major Marlins trade deadline move was also wrong, as I felt the Marlins would make a move to add someone to help them contend, but I’ll amend that one and tweak it to the current Miami Marlins situation below.

The prediction I got right? Jarred Cosart would be out of the rotation by the time Jose Fernandez returns:

"If Cosart has similar issues with his control in the early months of the season, he could certainly pitch his way out of the rotation. Koehler and Dan Haren, while not completely superior options, have bigger track records of major league success and a fast start for either could propel them ahead of Cosart in the pecking order."

Cosart’s downfall in 2015 has been his control issues, as he’s walked 32 in 65 combined innings in the minors and majors.

Score one for me, although it’s not one I am too happy to see happen, as the team gave up a lot for Cosart last July.

Now let’s look at my 3 bold predictions for the second half of the 2015 season.

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