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Marlins no longer worst team in majors

The standings don't lie. For the first time since May 15, the Marlins don't have the worst record in the majors. The Houston Astros sunk back to the bottom of the 30-team slag heap on Monday when they lost and the Marlins won.

And given that the Marlins reached the halfway point, playing their 81st game in Monday's win over the Padres, it's a perfect time to assess fan mood. Give us your feedback. Are you feeling any better about the Marlins -- at least from a long-term perspective -- now than you were previously? Are your hopes restored with the 15-10 June and winning start to July (actually, the Marlins have gone 17-10 over their past 27 games)?

Or do the Marlins remain undeserving of praise?

Tell us how you'll think they'll perform over the 81 remaining games? Do they remain in last in the N.L. East? Or do they start passing teams like the Mets and others, at last in terms of overall record? When do you think they'll contend? 2014? 2015? (Never, this is all a big mirage?)

Fire away! Tell us what you think.

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Flav C.

I'm sticking with my original call - 65 wins.

EC

The issue is not whether they'll pass teams like the Mets or whatnot. The fan mood from my point of view is a complete and utter lack of trust in the organization. Did they score some excellent young talent in these moves? Absolutely. Are they actually fun to watch again? A resounding YES! Did they draft a budding superstar in Fernandez? It sure seems that way. But will we spend the rest of our days as Marlins fans waiting for the other shoe to drop? Unquestionably.

To think that all is better now because they're winning a few more games than they're losing is like the fable of the frog and the scorpion. It's in Loria's nature to just want to turn a buck.

TOM FROM BOCA

LORIA & HIS CHRONIES STILL STINK... THEY DRAW
BETWEEN 12,000 TO 15,000 PER GAME AND ARE STILL
A TRIPLE A ROSTER.. WILL NOT SPEND A DIME WITH THIS TEAM UNIL THEY ARE SOLD TO JEB BUSH.. TOM FROM BOCA

twitter.com/GPANTHER

EC summed up my thoughts. No matter how well the Marlins play you're just waiting for the moment that Loria will break your heart.

Robert

The issue here is not whether we are playing well or not. The issue here is whether we'll get to keep all of our budding stars.
When Loria is gone, then I'll feel well about my beloved Marlins.

Cnote00

regardless of your feelings towards Loria, Samson and the rest of the organization...you have to look at the trades in retrospect and say that the Marlins brass knew what they were doing when they gutted last seasons team. This starting rotation in two years has a chance to be the best in the majors. Johnson and Buerhle are struggling in Toronto as is Sanchez in Detroit. Overpay Stanton to keep him here, Ozuna and Chelich/Marisnick could be a lethal OF. We have the makings of another WS winner here soon.

Lois

I am very impressed with the current team and think they are really all pulling for each other. Last years team did not gel and it is time to start supporting this young team. All you people who keep on bashing the owner should stop already. If you hate him and the team so much then stop watching. If you were the owner and had to pay the money that Loria did last year you would probably do the same thing.

Seth

Hate to say I told you so, BUT I told you so! Don't let the record fool you, this team is now a top 15 team in MLB and on the rise. Do NOT be surprised when they finish with a .500 record. You heard it here first!

juanv

if loria and samson stayed out of the g.m office with stupid ideas and roster suggestions

Marlin Fan

EC , unfortunately you're 100% right .

Marlin Fan

What does everyone think of Fernandez or Ozuna winning rookie of the year ? Other than Gattis and Puig , I can't think of anyone else ?

Flav C.

Shelby Miller (Cards) 8-6, 2.79 ERA, 1.068 WHIP, 101 SO

Hyun-Jin Ryu (Dodgers) 6-2 2.839 ERA, 1.238 WHIP, 87 SO

Also, Jedd Gyorko, and Didi Gregorius have very solid numbers so far.

smith&wessonoil

Marlin Fan...Other than Gattis or Puig? Those are some pretty big bodies to step over.

JUAN YANES

THE LUCK IS CRAZY..... IN SPITE OF BAD DECISION TAKEN BY MR. REDMOND THE MARLINS GOT TWO VICTORIES, YES UNBELIEVABLE..... JEFF MATHIS WAS ALLOWED GO AT BAT IN THE LATE INNINGS WITH BASES LOADED IN TWO GAMES AND IN BOTH HE DELIVERED. THEN I THINK I KNOW NOTHING OF BASE BALL FUNDAMENTALS.. I WILL FORGET EVERYTHING I LEARNED WITH TOP COACHES BEFORE. CONGRATULATIONS MR. REDMOND, I APOLIGIZE FOR MY PREVIOUS COMMENTS. YOU KNOW A LOT.

baseball fan

easy to love the young talent and how hard they play. those that have been interviewed seem to have good personalities too, and, are very likeable. the dark cloud, the very dark cloud, is loria, samson, and, bienfest. who can have any respect for any of them? until all of them are gone it is hard to be permanently attached to this team. it was good to see Willingham and Cody Ross recently. this week we will see Uggla. all fan favorites that loria and his stooges had little or no regard for.

Stan M

EC, I don't know who you are but please stay here with us. You presented an excellent evaluation. May I say that a few months ago I felt like a lone voice in the wilderness when saying that the FO made good trades. Others seem to be coming on board. Is this team capable of playing .500 ball for the rest of the season? I say yes. However, these next 3 games are going to be very critical. We are throwing our 3 worst pitchers at the divisions best team and in their ballpark. At this stage, if we win one of 3 we should be content; 2 of 3 or a sweep and watch out Mets for we are only 6 games behind them in the loss column. Personally, I think we'll drop all three and I hate to say that.
What in the world is our little scalawag thinking in chasing a Cuban refugee? Dammit, Loria, if you're going to spend the bucks, put them on Stanton's back. You will save whatever next year will cost when Nolasco moves on.
And I want to say one thing about those who have criticized myself and others for discussing trades. That is what fandom is all about, isn't it? Thinking about future trades, call ups, and managerial decisions? That's what interested fans do and what makes baseball so much fun. Where is the harm? Otherwise, why bother even writing on a blog?

Stan M

Baseball fan, you are perfectly right about how Cody Ross and the Hammer were treated and moved on. However, I respectfully disagree with you about Uggla, and I say the following despite the fact that he was my favorite Marlin. In my opinion, the team offered him a very fair contract, but he went for a few more bucks elsewhere. I dislike Loria in virtually all things, but I don't honestly think he can be faulted in the Uggla situation.

smith&wessonoil

Stan M...which cuban refugee are you referring to. is this something new that I haven't heard about?

tony in miami

The Owner is killing baseball down here in Florida, and I repeat again he is a gangster, he should be banned from Baseball together with his partner in crime Mrs. Simpson

spitballer

The progress is definitely encouraging. The distrusts of current ownership is an ongoing concern for all of us. Offering Stanton a long term contract with a limited no trade clause (maybe west coast teams) would go a long way to diffuse some of this mistrust.

Flav...your 65 is starting to look better than my 55 win prediction!

Camera Mike

Seth, again I applaud your optimism but there is a big diference between a team that had a sub .300 win percentage playing over .500 ball in June and finishing the season with a .500 record. At this stage I am fully prepared to admit I over estimated how bad the Marlins would be and I am thankful they are proving me wrong, but for them to finish with a .500 record they would literally have to go from being the worst team in the first half of the season to the best in the second half. At 30-51 they would have to go 51-30 over then last 81 games to finish .500. Only one team went 51-30 over their first 81 this year and that is first place Pittsburgh. They stand a chance of going .500 the rest of the way (and while they do have a chance it will be difficult for them to do so), but that would still leave them with an overall record of 71-91 which is a .438 win percentage. Optimism can be a great thing in fandom but not when it flies in the face of reality.

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