Miami Marlins 2020 Season Preview, MLB Picks and Predictions
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Miami Marlins 2020 Season Preview
A Look at the Miami Marlins 2020 Season
Win Total 64.5 - World Series Odds 500/1
The Miami Marlins put together another poor season in 2019, as the Fish only won 57 games (losing 105). A -193 run differential for the Marlins was third-worst in the entire MLB. The Marlins will look to improve, as really any step in the vicinity of the right direction will be seen as positive. Get MLB Predictions and MLB Picks for every Marlins game at Pick Dawgz.
Offense: The Marlins were 29th, only better than the Tigers in total offense (runs scored). The Marlins as a team hit .241 (24th in the league) in batting average. With such a struggling offense, it was no surprise to the Marlins at the bottom of the standings in the league.
The loss of Starlin Castro (Nationals) will hurt an already weak offense, but the addition of Jonathon Villar from the Orioles will help without a doubt. I like this signing for Miami, as they got a hard-working and talented guy who can play almost any infield position, and they got him for a cheap price. Villar can add some speed and power to an offense that needs it. The signing of C Francisco Cervelli will probably not do much, considering that the Italo-Venezuelan catcher has battled many concussion-based injuries throughout his career, almost forcing him into retirement.
Overall, this offense still seems weak, at least when compared to the rest of the NL East.
Pitching: The pitching of the Miami Marlins faired better than the offense, albeit not by too much. The Marlins ranked 20th in the MLB in team ERA (Earned Run Average). Opponents batting average against Miami was only .245, which puts Miami 9th in the league in that statistic, which of course is above-average. Miami has a young pen and starting rotation, with guys like Sandy Alcantara and Jordan Yamamoto looking to stay consistent in 2020. Both guys showed signs of excellence but fizzled out quite a bit last season.
The Marlins bullpen and rotation does look on the weaker side, as the Fish did not do too much to address some needs on the mound. The Marlins are rebuilding, so being buyers in free agency and via trades was not going to happen obviously.
Overview and Projection/Prediction: Of course, there is no way anyone should put any money on the Marlins winning the World Series, even at juicy 500/1 odds. Miami's win total projection is rather low, but I think it is for good reason. Although this team may be young and a bit exciting, I see their NL East counterparts taking care of business against them in 2020. I see a high-50/low-60 win total for Miami in 2020, so I will take the under 64.5.