Around this time last year, the Florida Marlins were playing good ball and making people question how good they really were. The Fish are doing it again this year and once again, the experts are trying to figure out if this is their year. If you are superstitious, you might look back and say that the Marlins win the World Series every six years (1997, 2003, 2009?) and this is their season. But if you live in the real world, you will evaluate the talent and make your decision based on talent.
Their pitching is very good and very young. The arms have shown a history of injuries (Ricky Nolasco, Anibal Sanchez, Josh Johnson have all been injured), so don’t count on any of them going 30 starts this season. The hitters are also young and upcoming. Jorge Cantu‘s bat is legit, if he can stay healthy. Cameron Maybin is going to be a stud when he figures out Major League pitching. Jeremy Hermida is also legit if he can figure out how to avoid prolonged slumps. Emilio Bonifacio is coming back down to Earth (sell now if anyone is willing to pay you anything for him). There is little to no talent in the minors, so an injury will expose this weakness and a mid-season acquisition is unlikely. The Fish are on their way up, but this isn’t the year to believe in them.