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Miami Marlins Betting Predictions – Not Much Left in Miami

Posted by Dale "Skip" Lalonde on 2/28/2013 6:05:02 PM

The sports betting experts used to be able to name several Miami Marlins off the tops of their heads with no problem. At the beginning of the 2012 season, just about every baseball fan could identify shortstop Jose Reyes. But the Marlins have a history of breaking the bank to build a team and then having a fire sale immediately afterwards. The last time Miami pulled this, it had won the World Series, so fans were not too broken up about it. But the 2013 fire sale is happening after an extremely disappointing 2012 season and fans are not impressed.

The betting sites concur that there isn’t much left in Miami, which probably means that the new stadium will be a lonely place this season. The Marlins did not leave itself any offense, fielding or pitching for the 2013 season and the fans are angry. Other teams are angry too because the Marlins drove up salaries and then dumped players in one season. Those kinds of actions always help to put some players out of the reach of small market teams.

To his credit, team owner Jeffrey Loria has acknowledged the fact that his team has finished last in the NL East for the past two seasons and insists that the team has to get better. That is his reasoning for blowing up the team and getting rid of just about every player that the team picked up in the offseason of 2012. But it is hard to accept that an owner wants to build a winner when his first act is to get rid of his star players who were all still young enough to be the core of a good team.

After the fire sale, the sportsbook experts conceded that there was not much left in Miami to build on. Not one pitcher in the starting rotation had an ERA below 3.50 last season and none of the starters posted a winning record in 2012. That means that the team goes into the season with an already handicapped starting rotation that has two backup starters with limited MLB experience and one backup starter who has never pitched at the MLB level.

The bullpen is not looking much better with the closer, Steve Cishek, posting only 15 saves last season. Once again, none of the bullpen pitchers has a MLB ERA below 3.50. If pitching is the foundation of a strong baseball team, then the Miami Marlins are really in a lot of trouble.

The batting order has some decent power, but nothing that will score runs consistently. Shortstop Adeiny Heckavarria is a project that will take years to become a MLB player and there is nothing to indicate that he will become a star. This will be a painfully long season for the players and fans in Miami. The team needs to start rebuilding, but it seems content to wade through mediocre prospects.

Projected finish: Last in the NL East

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