Miami Marlins: The 3 Biggest Takeaways from the Marlins first 40 games

Matt Melton
MIAMI, FLORIDA - APRIL 17: Miami Marlins celebrate the walk off single by Jorge Alfaro #38 in the tenth inning to defeat the San Francisco Giants by score of 7-6 at loanDepot park on April 17, 2021 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - APRIL 17: Miami Marlins celebrate the walk off single by Jorge Alfaro #38 in the tenth inning to defeat the San Francisco Giants by score of 7-6 at loanDepot park on April 17, 2021 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /
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The Miami Marlins have officially reached that point in the season where it’s ok to look back at the season so far, and wonder if it’s time to panic or not about certain things. No, we’re not here to panic, but to look at some of the biggest takeaways from the first 40 games of the season.

The Miami Marlins currently sit at 18-22 overall, and 4th in the NL East. While the Marlins are fourth in the division, they are actually the lone NL East team with a positive run differential currently sitting at +5.

Even though Miami is currently below .500, it feels like there are more positive takeaways so far than negative.

Sure, players like Brian Anderson, Garrett Cooper, and Jon Berti have struggled to start the season, but have all showed signs at times of breaking out of that slump.

What about the Marlins bullpen? Everyone has talked about Miami’s rotation, but the bullpen is also a major story. Yimi Garcia and Dylan Floro have been lights-out in the late innings, while middle receivers such as Anthony Bender, Adam Cimber, Jordan Holloway, and more have also been good.

The Miami Marlins have three notable takeaways from the first 40 games.

As mentioned previously, the Marlins currently have an 18-22 record. To put this start in perspective, the 2020 Marlins that made the postseason were 20-20 through the first 40 games a year ago. Miami stood at 10-30 at this same point during the 2019 season.

It’s evident that this team is miles better than the 2019 team, but are they better than last years postseason team? While the record shows they are two games worse, you have to remember that Miami currently doesn’t have a few notable players including Starling Marte, Jorge Alfaro, and Sixto Sanchez.

Yes, this team will be better once they get 100% healthy, and that is one of the most exciting takeaways. However, let’s pause, and take a look back at the first 40 games.

Here are the three biggest takeaways from the Miami Marlins first 40 games of the 2021 MLB season.

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