Sports Illustrated's annual baseball preview issue hits newstands on Wednesday, and the mag's opinion of the Marlins is not great. 2009 prediction: a 77-85 record and fourth-place finish in the NL East, just ahead of the Nationals. (They have the Mets finishing ahead of the World Series champion Phillies for the division crown).
Not surprisingly, SI points to the Marlins' leaky defense as a big negative. On the plus side, SI gushes praise on the starting pitching staff.