2 big factors that the Marlins have to boost their offense in 2024 no one is talking about

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Sep 27, 2023; San Francisco, California, USA; San Diego Padres first baseman Garrett Cooper (24)
Sep 27, 2023; San Francisco, California, USA; San Diego Padres first baseman Garrett Cooper (24) / John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports
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Jake Burger is a Miami Marlins net gain

Jake Burger had 7 more doubles and 29 more home runs. That’s just one player on the left side of the infield. The Marlins offense improved with just him being on the team by a huge amount. To further emphasize his impact, Garrett Cooper had 18 doubles, 1 triple, and 17 home runs total last year and with the Marlins he hit 11 of those doubles and 13 of those home runs. Combining all 3 players stats they totaled 22 home runs, 39 doubles, and 6 triples for a total of 67 extra base hits, and Jake Burger totaled 63 by himself. 

Josh Bell transforms the offense

Now that brings us to secret weapon number 2, Josh Bell. In 547 at-bats combined between the Marlins and Guardians, Bell totaled 28 doubles and 22 home runs with a slash line of .247/.325/.419 and an OPS of .744.  Bell and Burger combine for 56 doubles, 1 triple, and 56 home runs. The Marlins without a shortstop are still 34 home runs and 17 doubles ahead of last years combined stats. The offense is already better than last year and they haven’t done anything. 

For those that say Soler’s loss is going to crush the Marlins, the current surplus in home runs and doubles almost completely make up for the Soler loss. With that said, whatever the new DH and shortstop produce is all improvement on last years’ offensive production. If the Marlins can acquire an average shortstop that would likely produce 10 home runs and 20-30 doubles, and the new DH could likely produce 20 home runs and 20-30 doubles as well.

That means the offense in 2024 will likely be 30 home runs better and 40 doubles better, and if the Marlins can swing a Martinez or Soler caliber player, they will be 40 home runs better and 50-60 doubles better. If the Marlins are 30 home runs better they would jump from 22 in the MLB to 15th and doubles increased by 40 would move them from 22nd to 6th. That’s some hopeful news for the 2024 season. 

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