5. Miami Marlins finish 4th in NL East
The Marlins enter play on Wednesday night in Miami with a 46-61 overall record, good for fifth in the NL East. Miami is also one of two NL East teams with a positive run differential (Braves), and have a strong chance to remain in the positive if the pitching staff continues its strong season.
While Miami hasn’t started the second half of the season well with a 6-11 record entering play on Tuesday, the Marlins are only currently three games behind the Nationals for fourth place in the NL East.
The Nationals were massive sellers at the 2021 MLB Trade Deadline, selling numerous key contributors off their team in the process. Because of this, Washington will most-likely begin to slide in the standings, making a fourth place finish in the division seemingly possible for the Marlins.
Looking ahead, the Marlins will play at-least six teams in postseason contention including NL East division foes including the Mets, Phillies, and Braves, as well as notable series’ against the Padres, Reds, and Rays. If the race for fourth in the division comes down to the on-field play between the Marlins and Nationals as well, the two teams meet nine more times this season, six of which are in Miami.
When looking at the talent remaining combined with how each team is currently performing, is it too crazy to say that the Marlins will finish fourth in the NL East when the 2021 season ends in two months?