Assessing The 2010 Florida Marlins
As we sit here, less than 72 hours away from Opening Day, a familiar feeling rushes through me. The feeling of nervous anxiousness about the 2010 baseball season is overwhelming. You see, right now each team is tied at the top spot. With no losses, we are all undefeated.
And I cannot stop thinking about what the Florida Marlins are capable of.
Playing in a league that now has Roy Halladay, Jason Bay, and some of the highest regarded young talent in the sport will not be easy for the Marlins. For the main roster, the Marlins stood pat with the team that kept them in playoff contention for the better part of 150 games last year.
Offensively the team will be dynamic. Scoring in bunches will secure wins for the club and we(all of the Marlins’ fans – all 6 of us) are eager to see how Chris Coghlan and Hanley Ramirez follow-up their incredible campaigns from 2009. And with a new first baseman, in Gaby Sanchez, the team will have a different first baseman on Opening Day for the 4th year in a row. We know that Dan Uggla, Cody Ross, and Jorge Cantu will provide power at the plate and drive in runs as needed. And then there is my buddy Cameron Maybin. Coming off of shoulder surgery during the off-season, Maybin has not looked great this Spring, but he has not been terrible either. It’s still a mystery as to where he will bat in the line-up, but 2010 is going to be his chance to prove he deserves to play every day.
The Marlins’ pitching staff remained relatively in tact – with no key additions or subtractions. Josh Johnson is the team’s ace, while Ricky Nolasco looks to put a strangle-hold on the second spot in the rotation. Of the remaining starters, all have shown signs of solid pitching while also showing that they need to improve too. No matter how they rank, Chris Volstad, Anibal Sanchez, Nate Robertson, and Andrew Miller all need work. As for the bullpen, it is full of talented guys, but nobody has a clear-cut role. Leo Nunez will start the season as the closer, but he allows too many hits to remain in that spot all year-long. The Marlins need a closer that comes in and puts teams away – not one that allows base runners. Can one of the guys in the pen fill that spot? We shall see…
The 2010 season promises to be exciting for the team. Overall, I predict that they will hover around the .500 line for the better part of the season. Ultimately, I see them winning 75-80 games and unfortunately missing the playoffs again. Last year they finished in 2nd place in the division, but I think that the Braves have the talent to overtake them if they can stay healthy. And nobody in the NL East is going to catch the stacked Philadelphia Phillies!!!
2010 promises to be a season of come from behind wins and blown saves. Hopefully there are more of the first one… I cannot wait!!!