The Miami Marlins are competing in a tight race to make the MLB Postseason. Kim Ng isn't scared to make moves to improve the team, so despite a tough upcoming schedule I have hope for the team. Unfortunately MLB.com doesn't seem to feel the same way. The Fish are coming off a four game sweep of the Washington Nationals on teh road, so what's going on?!
MLB.com continues to underrate the Miami Marlins.
The MLB power rankings are a good way to see how teams measure up. It's also relative and is just an opinion piece. Al of that said, I do enjoy seeing how The Fish compare to other Major League teams. As much as it pains me to admit, I can't argue them putting the Atlanta Braves as the top team in the rankings. I don't think that the Baltimore Orioles should be number two, and don't think that they are the best in the American League. I can see the logic in placing them second in the rankings however.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are third and once again I can't really argue that. I question the Tampa Bay Rays being fifth, as I think that the AL West teams are better but again I don't think that it's an unfair ranking based on their record. I'll skip ahead and say that the Milwaukee Brewers at #6, ahead of the Texas teams and the Philadelphia Phillies is pretty ridiculous. They're just not that good.
The part that bothers me is the Arizona Diamondbacks (#13), the San Francisco Giants (#14) and the Cincinnati Reds (#15) being ranked higher than the Miami Marlins (#16). The Fish have been hotter than those three teams, and the records were identical by the end of Sunday. Just seems odd to me to put The Fish as the worst of the bunch.
All season long it seems that MLB.com just doesn't rate the Miami Marlins that high. It's pretty premature, as The Fish should at the very least be in playoff contention going forward. The team deserves better this season... wouldn't you agree?