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The Warning Track: Why the Miami Marlins Will Win the NL East

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-Why the Miami Marlins will win the National League East-

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The Miami Marlins are currently tied for 2nd in the NL East and share the second wild card slot with the New York Mets, but the wild card will not be their ceiling this season. I am predicting that come October the Miami Marlins  will be the team sitting atop the division.

Looking at the Marlins first half they have had strong performances against the NL Central (13-4) and the NL West (14-6).  However, their first half divisional play had its share of struggles as Miami posted a feeble record of 16-24.  The Marlins have made some moves to try to reverse their luck against teams in the NL East such as trading for relief pitcher Fernando Rodney.

Adding the All-Star pitcher to the bullpen in a setup man role will help the team hold leads going into the 7th and 8th innings. This allows manager Don Mattingly to send it over to their designated closer A.J. Ramos to close things out.  Ramos has been near perfect in the ninth inning only blowing one save all year (27/28).

It is pretty clear that most of the Marlins troubles are with the starting rotation, which only consists of 4 guys at the moment.  Jose Fernandez has pitched really well this season: posting a record of 11-4 and a 2.52 ERA.  Also worth pointing out is the performance of  Tom Koehler.  Koehler has pitched better of late going 3-1 over his last 7 starts. Cutting down on the no decisions and boosting their bullpen is key to Miami’s success.

The Marlins should be buyers going into the trade deadline which is fast approaching.  They will look for a new pitcher to add to the starting rotation and probably one more arms to solidify the bullpen.  A possible trade that should help the Marlins win the division would be trading for Rich Hill from the Athletics.

Adding Hill would be a huge addition to the Marlins starting rotation. Hill is 9-3 with a 2.25 ERA and has been outstanding so far.   Hill would transfer very well to the National League with his current numbers.  So far Hill has posted a record of  9-3 with a 2.25 ERA.

The Marlins have also been a great hitting team this season.  As a team they have a .273 overall batting average, a .332 on base percentage, along with a .411 slugging percentage.  These numbers are all above the league average.  With their long ball hitters: Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna and Justin Bour  and Christian Yelich, Martin Prado and J.T. Realmuto getting extra base hits;  the Marlins should have no problem in the second half scoring runs. So if the Marlins are able to make a few more moves to strengthen the starting rotation and bullpen;  I believe they have what they need to claim the Division title.