geemoney Posted September 27, 2003 Share Posted September 27, 2003 In this week's Sports Weekly, the ranked the contenders in the AL and NL combined in several areas. Obviously a little outdated, as they still include the Phils and a few others. There are 13 teams ranked overall. Here are where the Marlins stand, with SW comments after: BATTING ORDER: 10th (Florida is so much better if Mike Lowell can come back) TOP OF THE ORDER: 5th (Florida's Juan Pierre-Luis Castillo combo is the only true top-of-the-order running combo) MIDDLE OF THE ORDER: 10th (Jeff Conine was thrown into a crucial spot for Florida) ROTATION (1-3 STARTERS): 9th (Consistent starters have keyed Florida's resurgance) ROTATION (1-4 STARTERS): 6th (The concern for Florida is lack of big-game experience) ROTATION (1-5 STARTERS): 4th (If Brad Penny is healthy, Florida has depth) CLOSER: 9th (Florida is now finishing games with the best of them) BULLPEN: 9th (Florida did a nice job of filling roles through deals and call-ups) HEALTH: 11th (Florida's Mike Lowell could make it back, but would he be sharp enough?) SPEED/PRESSURE: 1st (Florida is baseball's only true running team) DEFENSE: 3rd (Don't forget the Ivan Rodriguez factor in Florida) EXPERIENCE: 13th (Jef Conine can tell the young Marlins about 1997) MANAGER/COACHES: 10th (October would be a bonus for Florida's Jack McKeon) HOME FIELD: 13th (There's no atmosphere in Miami, even if people show up) CHEMISTRY: 2nd (Florida is doing the best job with the "us agains the world" mentality) MOST CAPABLE OF SWEEPING THE FIRST ROUND: 8th MOST CAPABLE OF RALLYING FROM AN 0-2 DEFICIT: 8th OVERALL: 10th Just some notes to chew on.... Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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