This is the first in a series of posts in which I will be breaking down every team in the National League. I am by no means a credible source—merely a casual fan who knows a little about baseball and would like to share my observations.
Today we look at the Marlins, a historically bad team last year with hardly any direction to go but up.
Projected Lineup: 2B Rafael Furcal, CF Marcell Ozuna, LF Christian Yelich, RF Giancarlo Stanton, 1B Garrett Jones, C Jarrod Saltalamacchia, 3B Donovan Solano, SS Adeiny Hechavarria
Let’s be clear. There are bad teams, sure, but most have good plans in place. Plans which, with smart draft selections and a clear direction, should produce some talent in the farm system and eventually sprout into a contending team.
On the other side of the spectrum, there are the Marlins.
The Marlins have no plan. It seems like they write down the names of all the free agents, and pick them out of a hat to see who they’ll sign. If it doesn’t work, then the next year they trade everybody away and start over.
This year’s cast of characters consists of Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Garrett Jones, who the Pirates surprisingly decided to non-tender, Jordany Valdespin, who quit his Winter league team after being pinch hit for, and Rafael Furcal, who most people thought was retired.
The Marlins set the bar pretty low last year, scoring just 513 runs for the entire season.
To put that in perspective, the 2004 Red Sox scored 517 runs in just their 81 home games.
Basically, the Marlins were historically bad, with a performance that easily puts them in the discussion for worst offensive team in baseball history. (And please—if you would like to have this discussion, message me directly)
What this tells us is that the Marlins’ most dire need over the offseason should’ve been offense. What their offseason haul tells us is that they really weren’t trying. Garrett Jones will hit a few homers, but that’ll be a mere drop of water in the midst of a massive drought.
But Marlins fans need something to root for. So let me remind all of you that Henderson Alvarez is currently just nine innings away from tying Johnny Vander Meer’s record for consecutive no-hitters!
Projected 2014 Finish: 65-97, fifth place in NL East