Originally written on Baseball Hot Corner  |  Last updated 7/15/13
Team: Miami Marlins Record: 35-58 (18.0 GB) Biggest Surprise of 1st Half: For the Marlins this season, there have been a few surprises. For one, the pitching has been quite strong the entire season, posting a team ERA of 3.86 and WHIP of 1.312. The team ERA places them right in the middle of the pack of the National League, which, considering 3/5 of the projected opening day rotation was either injured or didn’t make the club out of Spring Training, was quite a feat. Another surprise has been the call-ups and successes of youngsters Marcell Ozuna (outfield, age 22 – .270/.305/.402/.707 – eight outfield assists and batting .352 with a .930 OPS in RISP situations) and Derek Dietrich (second base, 24 – .217/.282/.409/.691). While Ozuna’s power has not been there and Dietrich’s average has not shown up, they’ve both produced and come up big on both sides of the ball. The biggest surprise, however, has been the performance of 20 year old rookie Jose Fernandez. It was firstly amazing tha...
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