Jazz Chisholm Jr. makes a shocking promise at FanFest!
Jazz Chisholm Jr. really deserves an extension, especially after recently agreeing to switch positions to help the team. He's likely headed for an MVP level season and is young and good enough to be a difference-maker for a long time. He also is pretty outspoken and made a very interesting promise at Maimi Marlins FanFest. Let's take a look at just how likely that promise is... Oh what is the promise? The Miami Marlins winning the World Series in the next 2-3 years!
Jazz Chisholm Jr. said that the Miami Marlins can win the World Series in the next 2-3 years.
The Miami Marlins are not the favorites to win the NL East, or even to get one of the NL Wild Card spots. That said, games are played for a reason... the New York Mets have an aging roster that declined overall despite flashy signings; the Atlanta Braves look good but still got worse this off-season; and the Philadelphia Phillies got worse overall as well based on WAR they lost and are projected to gain. The idea that these teams are so much better than The Fish isn't really based on reality. They're better but they're not without major red flags.
The old adage that "pitching wins championships" is pretty well-known and accurate. The Miami Marlins have a strong rotation led by the reigning NL Cy Young award winner Sandy Alcantara. The Fish also have Trevor Rogers, who had a 2.64 ERA/2.55 FIP in 133.0 innings in 2021, before back issues cost him those results in 2022. There's Jesús Luzardo with a 3.32 ERA/3.12 FIP in 100.1 innings in 2022. Edward Cabrera had a 3.01 ERA in 71.2 innings pitched in 2022... in a short series dominant pitching can be the difference-maker.
If the 2023 season was played under the 2022 season's rules (without a third Wild Card team in each league), the Philadelphia Phillies don't even get into the playoffs. They of course rode their 87 win regular season to a NL pennant. The San Francisco Giants were a second Wild Card team in 2014 and won 88 games. They went on to win the World Series. The St. Louis Cardinals were the NL Wild Card team in 2011 (90 wins) and went on to win the World Series...
Sometimes all it takes is getting to the playoffs and then having dominant pitching to win a short series. Is it really that unrealistic for the Miami Marlins to sneak into the playoffs and then win a series...or two...or three...or four?