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    Are Marlins for real?

    At first I thought there was no chance they would be able to hold on to first. However, they just swept Arizona (who had the best record in the NL). Are the marlins playoff contenders?

    I looked at their schedule and starting next week they start a 10 game road trip against Atlanta, Mets and Phillies. If they are still in first after that I think they are going to stick around the entire season.

    The key for the Marlins will be Andrew Miller. He is the 22 year old left hander the marlins acquired in the Miguel Cabrera deal. His first 3 starts were horrible and his ERA was as high as 9.00 at the end of April. However, he's allowed 3 runs or less in 6 of his last 7 starts (including a 7 inning 0ER 9k performance last night). I read that he got his pitches as high as 98mph.

    They also have some guys on the DL. Josh Willingham has pretty much missed all of May. Before he got injured he was batting .345 with 6 homers. He is due back in 10 days. Then you look at some of the pitchers on the DL right now in Sergio Mitre, Josh Johnson (their best pitcher) and Anibal Sanchez. If those players come back and play well, the Marlins will be a tough team to beat, imo.

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    No.

    Mediocre players way outperforming anything they've done in their careers generally doesn't last. Uggla, Jacobs, Hendrickson, Olsen (Especially with those pitchers terrible peripherials) should all come back to earth.

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    Yeah in watching bits of that on the MLB package last night it was interesting to hear how the announcers credited the Manger change as well as ridding the team of Miguel Cabrera's influence on a young team as being two key components of their good play.

    Willingham also may be out for a while. They just added Jaque Jones and Maybrin down on the farm should be up at some point.

    Uggla is for real and Jacobs is a legit MLB power source. Get used to it.
    If anything their SP will be there downfall especially pitching against the like of Phiily, Atlanta and us. If Miller has suddenly had the light bulb go on, that would go a long way in helping them stay in contention.

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    No way. They're riding some over-their-head pitching right now. They'll come back to earth

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    Quote Originally Posted by chad101 View Post
    Yeah in watching bits of that on the MLB package last night it was interesting to hear how the announcers credited the Manger change as well as ridding the team of Miguel Cabrera's influence on a young team as being two key components of their good play.
    A) There hasn't been a manager change since Girardi got canned 2 years ago (Undeservingly).

    B) Miguel Cabrera's influence? Well, I suppose losing a Top 5 bat in the game can help your team.

    Uggla is for real and Jacobs is a legit MLB power source. Get used to it.
    Uggla is talented, but he's not a .315/.394/.679 bat. He's a career .269 hitter and hit .276 in his Minor League Career and that is due for some serious regression. His OPS+ the last 3 years.....112, 108, 179. Hmmmm, which one doesn't belong. Uggla would have an A-Rod caliber season if he maintained that 179. He can be 'for real' and still have some serious regression in store for him.

    Jacobs magically added 150 points in slugging this season so far, but yet it seemingly came from nowhere, his BA isn't any better, his plate disclipline isn't any better, his LD% is the same, although he's hitting an amazingly high number of Fly Balls. Again, his OPS+ the last 3 years is 106, 100, and 130. One is completely out of his norm. Also, people don't remember, but Jacobs got off to hot start last year and quickly faded. At this point last year he was hitting for an .845 OPS which eventually regressed to a .775 OPS, so is it really inconcievable that history will repeat itself?

    If anything their SP will be there downfall especially pitching against the like of Phiily, Atlanta and us. If Miller has suddenly had the light bulb go on, that would go a long way in helping them stay in contention.
    That will be a big part of it, but the Offense coming back to earth will be part of it as well.

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