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On pace for 95 wins with:

 

-Hanley hitting like crap

-Buck being useless lately

-JJ injured

-Coghlan struggling

-Horrid starts from Volstad and Vazquez

-Infante under performing with the bat

-Overworked bullpen

 

Is this real life?

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On pace for 95 wins with:

 

-Hanley hitting like crap

-Buck being useless lately

-JJ injured

-Coghlan struggling

-Horrid starts from Volstad and Vazquez

-Infante under performing with the bat

-Overworked bullpen

 

Is this real life?

 

Is this just fantasy?

 

(And have I been spending too much time on reddit?)

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On pace for 95 wins with:

 

-Hanley hitting like crap

-Buck being useless lately

-JJ injured

-Coghlan struggling

-Horrid starts from Volstad and Vazquez

-Infante under performing with the bat

-Overworked bullpen

 

Is this real life?

 

Is this just fantasy?

 

(And have I been spending too much time on reddit?)

 

Yes............................(so have I)

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Not to put a dampner on this, but June is going to be a very trying, tiring, and tough month. Come July and we have anywhere near this type of winning % then let's start talking. I don't think it has been a fluke so far, but now we will see what this team is really made of.

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This season has been great so far. We have proven we're for real but I'm really hoping we add another bat either before the deadline or at. LoMo and Gaby are machines and should stay at 3 and 4 in the order for the rest of the season. Stanton has struggled off and on but is one of the better power hitters in the league. If we could get a guy to bat leadoff or second who can hit for average, draw walks, just get on base in front of Morrison and Gaby it would go a long way.

 

I also wouldn't mind sending Volstad down to the minors in favor of Koehler. He may not have the best stuff but has shown he can pitch at every level. Some guys just know how to get it done, at worst he'll put up the same numbers Volstad is putting up.

 

EDIT: Scratch the Koehler thing, he's getting rocked lately.

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This didn't exactly surprise me because I felt we did upgrade significantly in the offseason, so to improve on next year wasn't beyond my thoughts. Its just great to see it coming to fruition.

 

I told a friend the other night that this season feels good because this is the Marlins team that I (and other die hard fans) have always made it seem we have, does that make sense?

 

And lastly, the good thing is, if we keep this pace up just a bit longer.... our FO will demand a playoff spot and will be ready to do whatever it takes to get there come trade deadline. If we keep proving we're for real, be careful with the moves Loria and Beinfest and Hill will make.

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The Marlins currently have a .585 winning percentage going into June.

 

Who expected that?

 

 

Me in my 2011 Preview: 93-69 record

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On pace for 95 wins with:

 

-Hanley hitting like crap

-Buck being useless lately

-JJ injured

-Coghlan struggling

-Horrid starts from Volstad and Vazquez

-Infante under performing with the bat

-Overworked bullpen

 

Is this real life?

 

 

on the downside, it's possible that none of these things turn around, and we've been awfully good in 1 run games so hopefully that doesn't even out.

 

'we can attribute a lot of those 1 run wins to the pen though and I'm pretty confident they will continue to impress, down the stretch hopefully they're not overworked.

 

 

but hell I'm pumped, this has been fun to watch!

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On pace for 95 wins with:

 

-Hanley hitting like crap

-Buck being useless lately

-JJ injured

-Coghlan struggling

-Horrid starts from Volstad and Vazquez

-Infante under performing with the bat

-Overworked bullpen

 

Is this real life?

 

 

on the downside, it's possible that none of these things turn around, and we've been awfully good in 1 run games so hopefully that doesn't even out.

 

'we can attribute a lot of those 1 run wins to the pen though and I'm pretty confident they will continue to impress, down the stretch hopefully they're not overworked.

 

 

but hell I'm pumped, this has been fun to watch!

And it's very unlikely Gaby maintains a .921 OPS

And Greg Dobbs an .853 OPS

And Morrison a .979 (I know he's really awesome, but that is seriously high. We'd all be thrilled with .879 here)

And the Marlins are best in baseball 14-5 in 1 run games

And a probably over achieving bullpen (ignoring that drubbing in Arizona two nights ago which really normalized the season ERA line for them)

 

For all the bad people want to talk about, a whole sh*tload of good has happened to balance it out. I still think this is a high 80s team until they shore up the rotation or Vazquez/Volstad completely settle, get another left-side infielder (especially if Hanley is hurt), and major major help on the bench as Helms, Cousins, Murphy, Martinez, and Petersen are just not quality major leaguers right now and at least 2-3 of them will always be on the roster with our current depth.

 

Can't argue with where they are, I am thrilled, but there is significant work to be done with acquiring a few moderate guys and getting Johnson, Hanley, Coghlan, Buck, and Infante back to where they need to be. I'm optimistic.

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On pace for 95 wins with:

 

-Hanley hitting like crap

-Buck being useless lately

-JJ injured

-Coghlan struggling

-Horrid starts from Volstad and Vazquez

-Infante under performing with the bat

-Overworked bullpen

 

Is this real life?

 

 

on the downside, it's possible that none of these things turn around, and we've been awfully good in 1 run games so hopefully that doesn't even out.

 

'we can attribute a lot of those 1 run wins to the pen though and I'm pretty confident they will continue to impress, down the stretch hopefully they're not overworked.

 

 

but hell I'm pumped, this has been fun to watch!

And it's very unlikely Gaby maintains a .921 OPS

And Greg Dobbs an .853 OPS

And Morrison a .979 (I know he's really awesome, but that is seriously high. We'd all be thrilled with .879 here)

And the Marlins are best in baseball 14-5 in 1 run games

And a probably over achieving bullpen (ignoring that drubbing in Arizona two nights ago which really normalized the season ERA line for them)

 

For all the bad people want to talk about, a whole sh*tload of good has happened to balance it out. I still think this is a high 80s team until they shore up the rotation or Vazquez/Volstad completely settle, get another left-side infielder (especially if Hanley is hurt), and major major help on the bench as Helms, Cousins, Murphy, Martinez, and Petersen are just not quality major leaguers right now and at least 2-3 of them will always be on the roster with our current depth.

 

Can't argue with where they are, I am thrilled, but there is significant work to be done with acquiring a few moderate guys and getting Johnson, Hanley, Coghlan, Buck, and Infante back to where they need to be. I'm optimistic.

 

Do you see Hanley reverting back to himself this year assuming the back thing is minor? He hasn't done anything this year to make me think he's gonna snap back.

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I will say this.

 

There's a better chance of LoMo/Gaby sustaining a .900+ .OPS all year than Hanley and Buck being this bad all year.

 

To be honest, I fully expect an .OPS over .900 from LoMo this year. I believe he is a different hitter. The .OBP is always going to be there with him and now some of his extra-base hits (2B/3B) are becoming HR's. It's not totally surprising that a player develop some more power as he ages and gets bigger; LoMo is still very young. This year, he has an LD% of ~23% showing that he's hitting the ball really well, and he's hitting more flyballs (the anti-Hanley). His FB% has risen from 32.1% to 40.2%.

 

I'm less convinced with Gaby, but you never know. For what it's worth, Gaby (at least imo) makes great adjustments at the plate; statistically, he's been drawing more walks this year than last, and he's also been striking out less.

 

Dobbs is a fluke and his #'s will comeback to Earth especially if he begins to get starts against LHP (which Edwin seems to not mind as much anymore after realizing how useless Wes Helms is).

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On pace for 95 wins with:

 

-Hanley hitting like crap

-Buck being useless lately

-JJ injured

-Coghlan struggling

-Horrid starts from Volstad and Vazquez

-Infante under performing with the bat

-Overworked bullpen

 

Is this real life?

 

 

on the downside, it's possible that none of these things turn around, and we've been awfully good in 1 run games so hopefully that doesn't even out.

 

'we can attribute a lot of those 1 run wins to the pen though and I'm pretty confident they will continue to impress, down the stretch hopefully they're not overworked.

 

 

but hell I'm pumped, this has been fun to watch!

And it's very unlikely Gaby maintains a .921 OPS

And Greg Dobbs an .853 OPS

And Morrison a .979 (I know he's really awesome, but that is seriously high. We'd all be thrilled with .879 here)

And the Marlins are best in baseball 14-5 in 1 run games

And a probably over achieving bullpen (ignoring that drubbing in Arizona two nights ago which really normalized the season ERA line for them)

 

For all the bad people want to talk about, a whole sh*tload of good has happened to balance it out. I still think this is a high 80s team until they shore up the rotation or Vazquez/Volstad completely settle, get another left-side infielder (especially if Hanley is hurt), and major major help on the bench as Helms, Cousins, Murphy, Martinez, and Petersen are just not quality major leaguers right now and at least 2-3 of them will always be on the roster with our current depth.

 

Can't argue with where they are, I am thrilled, but there is significant work to be done with acquiring a few moderate guys and getting Johnson, Hanley, Coghlan, Buck, and Infante back to where they need to be. I'm optimistic.

 

I agree with the bold, kinda.

 

I'm normally optimistic, and maybe it hasn't been long enough after this series loss to Arizona but I am pessimistic as far as it comes to this team making the playoffs, right now we are the wild card leaders and although it's not even close to that time, I have worries, the bullpen has been ok but nothing like they were in April. What if Dobbs, Morrison and Gabs cool off and don't continue their torid pace (Although I think they may just be "that good" and they might not cool off, speaking of Morrison and Gabs) Hanley needs to turn it around we need to start scoring more runs, very rarely do you see a blowout win for the Fish, not saying that blowout wins are necessary but who is to say we are going to continue to win these 1 run games, scoring more is a must.

Vazquez has been better of late but he is helter skelter at times, and you never know what your going to get from Volstad. Then you have injuries JJ obviously being the biggest baring a long term Hanley injury. I think it's fair to say there has been a whole lot of good and bad this year.

 

All that being said I still think the positives outweigh the negatives we are beyond in contention sitting in 2nd place, with a load of games against division rivals still remaining, which gives me more hope than anything, and Edwin has done a masterful job so far as well.

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