LNE Consulting has waited patiently for the Marlins to start making the playoffs for years. But as of right now, the Nationals won’t allow that to happen.
The Washington Nationals have replaced the New York Mets as the powerhouse in the NL East. Bryce Harper and co. have gotten exponentially better over the last three seasons making it difficult for any other team in the division to clinch a playoff spot. The real question LNE Consulting has is when will the Marlins takeover?
Well, the Marlins have a long way to go but they’re certainly moving in the right direction. Last year they finished a few games below .500 which is better than 20 games under like they finished in 2015.
The unfortunate part is that the Marlins don’t have a specific strength. They are the middle of the pack in hitting and are in the bottom half of the league in the major pitching statistics. The good news is there’s hope.
The Marlins have been using the last few drafts to beef up their pitching rotation. While most of these pitchers will spend some time in the minor leagues or finishing their collegiate careers, the Marlins will soon have a deep pitching rotation. Not to mention their most recent first round draft pick, Trevor Rogers. This kid can really sling it and he’s only 19. That’s called setting yourself up for your future.
Let’s not forget a few of the other good things the Marlins have going for them.
Marcell Ozuna might be the most slept on player in the league right now. He’s led the entire team in home runs, batting average, hits, and RBI’s for most of the year. Most of the team has a decent batting average but Ozuna has separated himself from the rest. He’s in his mid 20’s and has a bright future ahead of him if he ends up staying with the Marlins.
The pieces will start coming together in due time but the Marlins can’t panic. Their core is strong, they just have to keep building one year at a time. Who knows, the Marlins could be a few years away from a World Series. You can bet LNE Consulting will be rooting for them.