The Miami Marlins have missed the playoffs for 12 straight seasons and are seeking to put this streak to an end in 2016. With one of the elite throwers, sluggers and speedsters in the game as well as a young core, this year’s Marlins team has the potential to break through.
Star pitcher Jose Fernandez is fully healed from Tommy John surgery and will sit atop the pitching rotation followed by lefty Wei-Yin Chen, who the Marlins acquired in January via free agency from Baltimore. The rotation becomes a bit cloudy after the top two with the departure of Henderson Alvarez to the Oakland A’s this offseason. Miami’s bullpen is all about velocity with setup man Carter Capps, lefty Mike Dunn and Bryan Morris. While he doesn’t throw the fastest of pitches around, A.J. Ramos earned the closer spot over Steve Cishek at the end of last season.
Dee Gordon is coming off a historic 2015 season where he was awarded a Gold Glove and a Silver Slugger. The former Dodger second baseman firmed up the leadoff spot and added much needed speed to the Marlins’ lineup. Gordon’s double play partner Adeiny Hechavarria at shortstop posted career best numbers in 2015 despite missing the final month of the season due to an injury to his hamstring. Both first basemen Justin Bour and Martin Prado at third were consistent last season and look to improve upon their success in 2016. Right fielder Giancarlo Stanton had a disappointing 2015 due to injury and will be out to prove why he has one of the richest contracts in the world of sports. He will be joined in left field by Christian Yelich also returning from injury, and Marcell Ozuna at center.
Health was a major factor in the Marlins disappointing 2015 outing. If this talented roster can remain on the field this season, they could legitimately contend in the NL East. Fans be sure to purchase your Miami Marlins tickets and come on out to support this group of young and gifted athletes all summer long.