Miami Marlins 2018 Season Preview By: Peter Snyder

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You are looking at the worst team in baseball. There is no sugar-coating it, the Miami Marlins who just last year had the best OF in baseball, are the new laughing-stock of Major League Baseball and will be lucky to win 60 games this season. Where do I even begin with how bad this team is going to produce this year. Well for starters, the Marlins literally do not have an ace. Jose Urena is their most talented starting pitcher and I actually think he has a pretty big upside, but he is in no way an ace. The starting rotation goes from bad to worse with names like Dan Straily, Adam Conley, Sandy Alcantara and Dillon Peters. Like that is seriously a starting rotation in the highest level of baseball you can play. I think this team is going to finish with one of the worst team ERAs in MLB history and opposing teams are going to have a field day on this weak Marlins pitching staff during the duration of the season.

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Then we go to the Marlins offense which in 2018, is going to be non-existence. Just last season, the Marlins had a power filled offense that featured three of the best hitters in all of baseball in the middle. But with a blink of an eye that is the offseason, the Marlins have lost Marcell Ozuna to the Cardinals, Christian Yelich to the Brewers and superstar Giancarlo Stanton to the Yankees. So the question now becomes, where is the offense going to come from the Marlins in 2018? They acquired Starlin Castro in an offseason trade and he will give you some production, but one bat can only go so far and pitchers will eventually just pitch around him. The Marlins also have a big power hitter in first basemen Justin Bour, but he strikes out way too frequently to become dependable. Other than that you have a decent catcher in JT Realmuto, a washed up Martin Prado, a wildly inconsistent OF in Derik Dietrich and a bunch of no names who are just lucky to be in the majors. This Marlins team is going to struggle scoring runs, they are going to struggle giving up runs and this is going to be a long, painful season for the Miami Marlins. I have this ball club finishing the 2018 season with a 59-103 record and have them finishing with the worst record in Major League Baseball. But hey, they are living in Miami and are getting paid big bucks to play a game so how much complaining do they really have to do?

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