The official start of baseball season is quickly approaching, and while Joe Capozzi, the Miami Marlins beat writer for The Palm Beach Post, hasn’t made his official prediction, he still has a lot to say about where the team is headed.
Even though the Marlins have had a productive spring, Capozzi says there are still a lot of questions going into the last week of spring training. They have not settled their fourth and fifth starters to pitch in the rotation with Ricky Nolasco, Nathan Eovaldi and Henderson Alvarez.
Also, the team hasn’t decided on a center fielder. This spot will come down to either Justin Ruggiano, Chris Coghlan or Gorkey Hernandez.
Capozzi points out the fact that last year, the Marlins lost 93 games with All-Stars Jose Reyes, Hanley Ramirez, Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle. They are all gone, and the only superstar left is slugger Giancarlo Stanton.
“Based on the fact that the 2013 team is vastly more inexperienced than the 2012 team that lost 92 games, it would be logical to assume the 2013 Marlins might lose 100 games,” said Capozzi. “I’m not sure it will be that bad, especially if some of these young players can step up.”
Overall, Capozzi says he wants to be optimistic and say they might improve slightly over last year “… and if they can do that, it will be a success.”