The Miami Marlins enter the 2013 season with an offense that will rely on manufacturing runs.
Small ball. Getting on base. Plate discipline. Advancing runners. Stealing bases.
Those are all phrases rookie manager Mike Redmond hopes will be applied often to his team this season.
Sure, Giancarlo Stanton is among the majors top power hitters, but hell have trouble hitting bombs without seeing quality pitches.
Other Marlins hitters will need to give opposing pitchers reason to battle Stanton. Otherwise, the slugger will be walking a lot, striking out a lot, or both.
Below are the players who figure to comprise Miamis lineup and bench when the season starts Monday in Washington.
Last years batting average-home runs-RBI in parenthesis.
1.Juan Pierre, LF (.307-1 HR-25 RBI): A member of the Marlins 2003 World Series champs, Pierre returns at 35 to be the table setter and show young players how to approach the game. His job will be to reach base and steal bases. If he struggle...