There is a fifth team in the East. Expectations, however, are pretty low for the Miami Marlins, who are still in a rebuilding state. Last season they lost 105 games so for them to be contenders this season would take some divine intervention. Being in a very talented division doesn’t help their chances, but they never gave up last season and will likely put up a fight this season.
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Derek Jeter has assembled a good young rotation that could overachieve this season and keep their team in games. It’s clear, however, he is building from the bottom up. The team’s big star, Christian Yelich was traded in 2018. In return, the Marlins acquired outfielder Lewis Brinson, who has yet to produce at a high level.
He will likely get one more chance with Miami to prove he belongs. The team added veteran outfielders Corey Dickerson, Matt Kemp and Matt Joyce to competition for the compete with Brinson and Harold Ramirez for outfield starting positions.
At the end of the season, the Marlins could once again play spoiler for one of the other teams in this division. They are nobody’s pushover, the other four teams shouldn’t expect to run over Miami.
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