Philer Up! Marlins Preview..I love fish tanks.

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Growing up I had this bad-ass fish tank. It had about 7 tropical fish, and one fish would eat the other fish. So yeah, I had more than 7 but I lost count of how many fish were eaten.  I figured that 7 was a good number to go with.

I am telling you, this tank would light up the entire down stairs of my parent’s house. I will now pass the torch to the Marlins. They officially have the best fish tank in the world. Actually, I heard they have bars with stripper poles in that stadium as well. This I must see.

The Marlins pulled a 180 this off-season. Remember all that hype of Reyes, Buehrle and Bell brought last off-season? Where the Marlins went wrong was they tried to have Hanley Ramirez and Jose Reyes as their leaders. Hanley (talented as hell) has always been known to be a “dog” at times. Reyes always seemed to worry about looking pretty on the field or stirring shit up, then winning games.

The after effect? Trade everyone and manage to piss-off your best player (Stanton) and best pitcher (Nolasco).  Stanton’s reaction:

Alright, I’m pissed off!!! Plain & Simple

Nolasco’s reaction was the best. Ricky:

Huh?

Well, said there Ricky.

Mike Stanton (Yes that is what I am calling him) is the best pure slugger in the game and he is only 23. Its only a matter of time before he is traded. I wonder if Jeffrey Loria is dumb enough to trade Stanton to a team in the same division. Just maybe…

 Key  Off-season Additions (I guess you can call them “Key” to be nice).          

Old friends Placido Polanco and Juan Pierre, catcher Jeff Mathis, first baseman Kasey Cotchman, and RHP Henderson.

Key Off-season Losses.          

Jose Reyes, C John Buck, RHP Josh Johnson, LHP Mark Buehrle and RHP Heath Bell.

Lineup  

CF Chris Coghlan, LF Juan Pierre,  RF MIKE Stanton, 3B Placido Polanco, C Rob Brantly, 2B Donovan Solano, 1B Casey Kotchman and SS Adeiny Hechavarria.

Well, this begins with Stanton and ends with Stanton. That’s all I got on this one. Though I heard that Polly was their clean up hitter for opening day. Marlins baseball boys and girls.

Bench    

3B Greg Dobbs, OF Austin Kearns, OF Justin Ruggiano, INF Chris Valaika,  and C Miguel Olivo   

Man, I used to love Dobbs. Remeber when Austin Kearns was a “Can’t Miss” prospect? Olivo has some pop.                 

Rotation 

Jose Fernandez, Kevin Slowey, Ricky Nolasco, Wade LeBlanc and Alex Sanabia

Nolasco is a solid pitcher and would be a nice 3rd or 4th starter on any other team. The surprising decision was to add 20-year-old top pitching prospect Jose Fernandez to their starting rotation. The kid is ranked the 5th best baseball prospect by Baseball America. When you think about it, they have nothing to lose by having Fernandez up. Let the kid pitch.

Pen

Mike Dunn, Chad Qualls, John Maine, Steve Cishek, A.J. Ramos, Ryan Webb and Jon Rauch.

Seriously, how in the world does Qualls still keep getting jobs? I will never understand. Dunn and Rauch are solid relievers,  so they will be traded by the deadline.

Outlook

Well, about 2000 fans at every game, unless they are playing the Phils, the worlds greatest fish tank, rumored stripper poles and a cry baby owner.

The record.

62-100. Last in the division.

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