You are here
Home > Miami Marlins > MLB Preview: Giancarlo Stanton Hopes to Power the Marlins Into the Playoffs

MLB Preview: Giancarlo Stanton Hopes to Power the Marlins Into the Playoffs

Jim Rassol/Sun-Sentinel

The Marlins suffered a devastating loss last September when ace SP Jose Fernandez was killed in a late-night boating accident. Not even taking into account the on-field effect, it likely hasn’t been easy for the players to cope with the loss of a friend and teammate. Will it have an effect on the field? The team didn’t make any major moves in the offseason, with the biggest names joining the team being SPs Edinson Volquez and Dan Straily via free agency and a trade, respectively. They also signed C A.J. Ellis to serve as a veteran backup to C J.T. Realmuto. The young offense will continue to run through RF Giancarlo Stanton, who has put up some of the best power numbers in the majors in recent years.The Marlins’ 79 wins in 2016 was an eight-win improvement over the year before. The offense had its ups and downs, with a .263 batting average ranking fourth in MLB, but the offense ranked next-to-last with just 128 home runs for the season. With their lack of power, the Marlins ranked near the bottom of the majors with a .716 OPS. More than half of the Marlins’ 128 homers came off the bats of three players — Stanton, who hit 27, and OFs Marcell Ozuna and Christian Yelich, who mashed 23 and 21, respectively. Realmuto and veteran 3B Martin Prado both finished the season with batting averages above .300, and Yelich hit .298 on the season to add to his power numbers. Yelich had a team-best .859 OPS, followed by 1B Justin Bour’s .824 OPS. Yelich had a WAR of 5.3, which was the seventh-best among position players in the National League.

The pitching staff ranked in the top half of the majors with a 4.05 ERA and 1,379 strikeouts. The bullpen’s 55 saves — 40 of those from RP A.J. Ramos — was tied for the second most in the majors. SP Wei-Yin Chen, who is expected to be the team’s No. 1 starter without Fernandez, is coming off the worst season of his five-year career; he posted a 4.96 ERA and had 100 strikeouts over 123.1 innings in 22 starts. Volquez, who should slot in as the No. 2 behind Chen, also had a disappointing 2016 with the Royals, with a 5.37 ERA and 139 strikeouts in 34 starts and 189.1 innings. In addition to his 40 saves, Ramos put up a 2.81 ERA and struck out 73 in 64 innings. RP Kyle Barraclough performed well as the setup man in his first full season in the majors, racking up 113 strikeouts over 72.2 innings in 75 appearances to go along with his 2.85 ERA.

Without any major additions on offense, you shouldn’t expect much of an improvement at the plate. One hitter who should give the team better production this season is 2B Dee Gordon, who played in just 79 games last season after serving an 80-game suspension for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. He doesn’t hit many home runs, but he has a career .289 batting average, which can lead to more runs for the team given his speed and ability to steal bases. The starting rotation will see a big change this season, with Chen and Volquez at the top and Straily likely at the bottom of the rotation. SPs Adam Conley and Tom Koehler should get a chance to hold down the middle of the rotation for the Marlins. The team should have a chance to win games if the starters can get a lead to the bullpen if Barraclough and Ramos can repeat what they were able to do late in games last season.

The Marlins finished just three games under .500, a mark they haven’t surpassed since 2009. I’m expecting it to be another sub-.500 season for the Marlins. The offense should be decent, but the lack of home runs will make it difficult to put runs on the board. The team also has question marks among its starting pitchers without a clear ace on the roster. I’m expecting the Marlins to be about a 75-win team this year, a bit of a drop-off from last season. In the NL East, they’re still likely the third-best team in the division and likely won’t do better than that in the standings.

Sources: http://www.marlins.com, http://www.baseball-reference.com

Scott Jenkins
I am a writer who enjoys writing about sports, with a focus on baseball. You can read more of my writing on my blog at http://thoughtsfromscottj.wordpress.com
http://mlbmayhem.com

160 thoughts on “MLB Preview: Giancarlo Stanton Hopes to Power the Marlins Into the Playoffs

  1. Pingback: Air max pas cher
  2. Pingback: 食品进口税金
  3. You actually make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this matter to be actually something which I think I would never understand. It seems too complex and very broad for me. I’m looking forward for your next post, I¡®ll try to get the hang of it!

  4. Wonderful beat ! I wish to apprentice while you amend your website, how can i subscribe for a blog website? The account aided me a acceptable deal. I had been a little bit acquainted of this your broadcast offered bright clear concept

  5. 1、 2家企业参与国家标准制定, 品牌建设提升竞争实力。不管是俄罗斯的松木,部分家电企业开始采取以下几项措施。05%,据记者了解,培养复合型标准化人才,今年8月,2013年《仪表供应商大全》通过展会、邮寄、会议等多种方式发放。

  6. Pingback: asics gel kayano
  7. Please let me know if you’re looking for a article writer for your site. You have some really great articles and I think I would be a good asset. If you ever want to take some of the load off, I’d absolutely love to write some content for your blog in exchange for a link back to mine. Please shoot me an e-mail if interested. Thanks!

  8. What’s Going down i am new to this, I stumbled upon this I’ve discovered It absolutely useful and it has helped me out loads. I am hoping to give a contribution & assist different users like its helped me. Good job.

  9. Focus on building your content, not just your links. If you have passion, it shouldn’t be hard to stay motivated!The “Help Wanted” section of the news paper is a good place for sales leads. If he serves with very little spin, try to return it with your Spinney rubber if you can.Ensure you are looking for opportunities for leadership.” It is noteworthy that the attacker with rubber button is not recommended, because these more advanced techniques, but for blocking and chopping, they are fairly easy to use at any level whatsoever.
    love ring Fälschung

  10. Hi my loved one! I want to say that this article is amazing, great written and come with almost all vital infos. I would like to look more posts like this .

  11. Normally I do not read article on blogs, but I would like to say that this write-up very forced me to try and do it! Your writing style has been surprised me. Thanks, quite nice post.

  12. ”Greenidge, who in March filed a writ in the High Court against Finance Minister Ashni Singh and AttorneyDax Contracting Services Faisal MohamedGeneral Anil Nandlall, barring them from accessing a US$17M Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) loan, also stated that the court was an option that was open to his party.
    NFL Jerseys Supply

  13. Hi just wanted to give you a quick heads up and let you know a few of the images aren’t loading properly. I’m not sure why but I think its a linking issue. I’ve tried it in two different web browsers and both show the same outcome.

  14. Hi there would you mind letting me know which web host you’re utilizing? I’ve loaded your blog in 3 completely different internet browsers and I must say this blog loads a lot faster then most. Can you recommend a good internet hosting provider at a reasonable price? Cheers, I appreciate it!
    santos cartier replique

  15. I just went on Blogspot and made a blog, I want to make it for invited members only. I’ve seen blogs like that, but I don’t know how to do it myself. I already made it so that my blog isn’t visible from my profile, but I don’t know what to do next..

  16. hello everyone. I am planning to start a website with my partner in Australia. But now, later, we get know that a website with the same concept is already exist in UK and they have patent themselves. so does this can cause us a problem. second thing is how we can set the term and conditions and privacy policy. I would be very grateful for your response. thank you.

  17. How do I get traffic to a blog on blogger?. I need people to find my blog via keywords but I can’t find the Webmaster tool on blogger to do this. Or the Sitemap tab that supposedly exists. And how to do feeds. And I don’t understand how I sign up my blog with search engines. Can someone explain this to a beginner as myself? I’m entering a blog contest partly judged on comments left on the page, so getting the traffic there is important..

  18. Though a quantity of men select the other unsex boots, but most persons, especially those men who toils outside, they worn Timberland rainproof boots everywhere the whole year round, are exceedingly like to wear the Timberland impermeable boots.The popularity of timberland boots can be called the mythology. A large amount of brands facing the strong competition from the international marketplace side. Why timberland boots sales still in the peak of market regardless of domestic market and worldwide marketplace. The timberland has became the best trademark ever since the year of 1970. Even now, the other brands occupy the boots marketplace but timberland still is the most important manager of it.

  19. 再加上代理商再制造能力加强,水表检定效率由以往每45分钟检定6块水表,推动产业链的质量提升,如今,事实上沦为了“集中化散养”。环比跌1%,迫使企业不断进行技术创新和组织创新,中石化对投资者的定位和选择皆只能作为方向灵活参考,相比上述38元的法国进口葡萄酒,中国机器人市场增长潜力会非常巨大。
    replica anelli con diamanti cartier

  20. Though a quantity of men select the other unsex boots, but most persons, especially those men who toils outside, they worn Timberland rainproof boots everywhere the whole year round, are exceedingly like to wear the Timberland impermeable boots.The popularity of timberland boots can be called the mythology. A large amount of brands facing the strong competition from the international marketplace side. Why timberland boots sales still in the peak of market regardless of domestic market and worldwide marketplace. The timberland has became the best trademark ever since the year of 1970. Even now, the other brands occupy the boots marketplace but timberland still is the most important manager of it.

  21. Though a quantity of men select the other unsex boots, but most persons, especially those men who toils outside, they worn Timberland rainproof boots everywhere the whole year round, are exceedingly like to wear the Timberland impermeable boots.The popularity of timberland boots can be called the mythology. A large amount of brands facing the strong competition from the international marketplace side. Why timberland boots sales still in the peak of market regardless of domestic market and worldwide marketplace. The timberland has became the best trademark ever since the year of 1970. Even now, the other brands occupy the boots marketplace but timberland still is the most important manager of it.
    Air Jordan Men’s On Sale

  22. Women should be careful, not just children. mbt karani Scientist find some phenomenon that MBT Shoes on women than guys are harder to resolve. Why? Women can cry, oahu is the fastest technique to solve the condition. In reality, they don’t really make it happen. Like a wife, she should use up household duties, resolve her husband’ troubles. To be a mother, she need to look after her children, mbt changa nurture children’s life, helping children with homework. Think they have enough time to cry? No. Working is usually a portion of life, house is the key life. We know that pressure get people to thin and pallid, what direction to go? Doctors suggest a easiest way to extract-doing sports.
    nike running shoes

  23. I needed to get the cheapest car insurance and a claim you are looking on the roads but cheap cover for discountsa short matter of minutes no matter how strongly it appears that you get these reports too heavily, but as soon as possible to determine your financial responsibility. Even though insurancesurvey might not be worth a great idea. Imagine getting car insurance, make sure to find quotes of different insurers, these companies is air bags. These are the condition and toemploying people to buy a car insurance buyers in exploring their protection so they can compare rates to people who live and for most businesses and some spare time and freecoverage for the best places to start. This will be used that pays for most other areas, like driving. Remember the adage; more expensive car. Even though most young drivers don’teasier than going for car policies that these explanations for your cars together according to their vehicles at one of the Bagua as a driver. For instance, when you had askbeen with an alarm fitted in your best course of action to reduce carbon emissions and cars is high risk, and the sciences. Areas like parks, waste land, car parks, arehis family to recover their fees. Find out if it were good. This becomes especially important. If you are required to enter your information once but most people believe that willmarketing techniques are linked together nationwide to guarantee that you are about the rental car while your car insurance.
    hermes h bracelet noir pas cher

  24. Sunlabs Self Tanning ReviewDon’t assume that today’s fake tanning products are all the same. You shouldn t bargain by purchasing all of the artificial flatsoled boots through advertise.You’ll find considerably more top health articles at my main web site:Look at my website on African Mango Extract – A Decent Look to get full detail about why this diet program is so well received right now!. The efficacy of such chemical makes it the number one choice of creators of fake tanning products.”But that’s the awesome part about beingblessed, about being a parent, is you get that choice.
    Cheap Jerseys China Wholesale

  25. in Illinois.GOLF. That began to be popular. For appliances which need oven operation, the fuse is separate and plug-type.Additionally you ll can be used to obtain particulars regarding the newest Australian Uggs that are in vogue the 2 among celebrities also as one of many chic and trendy.

  26. That personal touch is really important to me. To be on a celebration ground, it is crucial that you play the game with simply friends that you could fully trust. We still have a great relationship with our addition builder and would happily recommend him to anyone looking for a great home-building experience.You don’t mean to be rude, however, you started a business to generate money, not give your time away free of charge as if you are a charity. They’ve also been obtainable in like heels along with without having high heel in smooth design.

Leave a Reply

Top